The way you drive and maintain your car has an impact on the engine of your vehicle. You’re your car, love the engine. Make use of these useful driving tips which can prolong the engine life.
- Don’t just zoom away when you start the car
When your vehicle has been inactive for more than five to six hours, there is no oil in the engine. This is known as a cold engine. When you start the car within few seconds the oil will reach the engine and will lubricate the engine parts. At that time always keep the rpm of the engine as low as possible.
- Keep a watch on the odd noises
Keep a close watch on any odd sounds that your car makes. A clicking sound could be because a nail that is caught in the tyres. Sounds like grinding, scraping when the brakes are applied can indicate that something is wrong with the brakes. Take the car to a mechanic whenever the car makes any odd noises.
- Checking and flushing of fluids
When the car engine is cool, with the help of the dipstick check the most important fluid of your car that is oil. You should also check the power steering fluid level, radiator overflow reservoir and brake cylinder reservoir. The transmission fluid level can be checked after starting the car. Also, check colour of certain fluids like the antifreeze fluid. These fluids also need to be changed every two years. You can refer to your user manual for the same.
- Change oil on a regular basis
For protecting the engine and for improving mileage the oil needs to be changed on a regular basis. You should change the oil every 3 to 6 months or you can decide to depend on the number of kilometres your car has covered.
- Change the air filter
A dirty air filter can have a negative impact on the acceleration of your car and will affect the gas mileage. Therefore change the air filter on a regular basis. You can change the filter on your own by following the instructions in the manual.
- Shift gears properly
You must always shift gears smoothly and properly. Do not rest your left foot on the clutch as this can damage the plate. Also, take appropriate care when you use the reverse gear.
- Warm the engine
A cold engine can have a detrimental effect on your car. Therefore, do not accelerate the car as soon as you start the car. You need to warm up the engine before you start driving. You need to drive slowly for a few kilometres so that the engine warms up.
- Do not drive on an empty tank
The trace amounts of sediments in the gasoline settle down at the bottom of the tank. When you drive on an almost empty tank then the dirty gas also gets pulled and this can pass through the oil filter and damage the engine. Therefore, never drive on an empty tank.
- Ideal cruising speed
Remember not to speed. This will result in wastage of gas and you might also lose control. Ideally, you should drive your car at around 50 to 55 miles per hour.
- Engine cleaning
This is as important as washing your car. The dirt and rust that accumulates in the engine will obviously affect the performance of the engine.
- Drive with lighter loads
Never overload your vehicles. Take into account the size of the vehicle and the engine before you stuff your car.
Follow these simple tips so that your engine and your car work in the topmost condition for years together.