10 care tips that will keep your motor running strong
If you take good care of your car, it will take care of you. Every
time you start and run your vehicle you are causing wear and tear to
various parts of the engine, but most engine problems can be
prevented with simple maintenance procedures. In order to prolong
the life of your vehicle, you need to give the engine the
appropriate care it deserves. Here are 10 maintenance tips for your
Change the oil - If you do just one thing for your engine, it
had better be changing the oil. It's the most important element in
the performance of your car. The oil and filter should be changed every 3,000
to 6,000 miles, but check with your auto manual for the specifics on
your vehicle. You should also periodically check the oil level.
Clean the engine - The visual appearance of the engine is a
good indicator of its condition. When your engine gets too dirty and
greasy it affects the efficiency and performance of its parts. An
oil and dirt convicted engine will hold in too much heat and not
allow the heat to dissipate.
easiest way to clean the engine is to use a commercial degreaser.
Simply spray it on the cool engine, let it sit for two or three
minutes and rinse clean.
Replace the air filter - When the air filter becomes dirty,
it needs to be replaced. Paper filters can't be cleaned and
therefore must be replaced.
Use original parts - When replacing parts in your engine,
only use original equipment for a proper fit. Ill-fitting parts can
cause damage to your engine in a matter of minutes.
Use clean fuel - If you have a weekend cruiser that you store
for the winter make sure that you fill the tank and add a fuel
stabilizer to prevent the gas from going stale and to prevent
condensation from forming.
If your vehicle is supercharged, only use
Check the battery - Your car battery will not last forever.
Your owner's manual should indicate when you should have it
replaced. Keep the battery casing clean and check for bulging,
cracks or corrosion which may indicate that the battery needs
replacing. Remove the battery during winter storage and charge
Change the belts - Most vehicles have a serpentine belt that
runs various pumps and accessories and a timing belt that runs the
The belts will need replacing over time due to
regular wear and tear. Don't wait until they actually break to
replace them or you could risk further damage. Check with your
owner's manual for scheduled belt replacement and have our Technicians check your belts regularly.
Check fluids - Ensuring that all fluid levels are topped off
can maintain the health of your engine. This includes engine
coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and windshield washer
Replace spark plugs - Changing the spark plugs is a simple
task which can improve the performance of your engine and prevent
costly repairs down the road.
Fix small problems - If you hear strange engine noises or
your "check engine" light comes on then bring your vehicle
into our service center to have your car examined by
one of our ASE Certified Technicians. It's important that you have any small problems fixed
right away before they can cause damage to your engine.
A NAPA SERVICE ADVISOR ARTICLE
Englewood drivers realize it is pretty amazing how auto makers have
been able to consistently build more powerful engines in vehicles
that get better fuel economy while at the same meeting increasing
environmental standards. One of the little miracles that helps make
this happen is the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve. The EGR
valve routes some exhaust back into the air intake system in both
gasoline and diesel engines. The exhaust gas takes up some space in
the engine cylinders, replacing some of the oxygen-rich air that
would otherwise be in there. This means that the fuel burning event
is cooler. Cooler combustion means fewer harmful nitrous oxides are
Your EGR valve can get gummed up, messing up the timing and amount
of exhaust that is supposed to be recirculated in the engine.
Symptoms of EGR valve problems are rough idle and poor engine
performance. Performance can be restored by cleaning or replacing
the EGR valve, depending on how dirty it is.
EGR valves in diesel engines are particularly susceptible to
becoming clogged because of the high soot content in diesel exhaust.
[Note: the soot is ultimately filtered out of the exhaust further
down the exhaust system, but not before it passes through the EGR
There are a couple of things you can do to lengthen the life of the
EGR valve in your diesel engine. First, extended idling allows for
more soot buildup because the engine operating temperature is
reduced as it idles; the valve is not opening and closing, allowing
particulates to accumulate in the valve. Next is fuel quality.
Diesel fuel has a cetane rating: the higher the rating, the better
the combustion will be. Unfortunately, the cetane rating is rarely
posted on the pump and can vary from location to location. Adding a
cetane booster to the fuel tank can help with this.
So, if you are experiencing rough idling or poor performance in your
gas or diesel vehicle, have one of our Xpertech Auto Repair Inc.
expert technicians diagnose the problem. They can set things right
and restore your vehicle’s performance.
Xpertech Auto Repair Inc.
101 N McCall Road
Englewood, Florida 34223