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Engine Tips - Take Care of the Engine that Takes Care of You

Aug 17, 2007
People rely heavily on their vehicles. They expect their cars to take them where they want to go and bring them back safe without missing a lick. They expect them to go when conditions are good and when they are bad. They expect them to do be more reliable than many people ever are. However, people should only place this much trust in their vehicles when they are doing their part also.

Proper maintenance and tune-ups are necessary for any car that is going to be used much. If a car is not properly maintained, things may go wrong at the worst possible time. And then you will have no one to blame except for yourself.

Proper maintenance should be exercised on any type of engine. It could be your car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or airplane. Bottom line is that if you don't take care of it, it won't take care of you. And in some cases this could mean a fate worse than being stuck on the side of the road for a while.

Proper oil changes are the first step to keeping your engine up and running properly. You should pick an oil brand that is high quality and stick with it every time. Don't try to save money with the cheap, less expensive kind. You can have your oil changed professionally, or you may be able to do it yourself. In many cases, you save money by doing it yourself. However, it can be such a small amount that many people don't find it worth it to do it themselves. Also, doing it yourself can sometimes void warranties on an engine.

When you change your oil, you should also change your oil filter. A good oil filter can make a lot of difference to the engine. Sometimes the manufacturer of an engine will suggest you use their brand oil filter over competitors. If the engine is under warranty, you may have to. Otherwise, you should inquire what the differences are. There may or may not be a significant difference.

Some engines, such as many motorcycle engines, are air cooled. This means that the wind is what keeps the motor from overheating. Most engines have a means other than the wind to keep the engine cool. You should always make sure that you have the proper amount of coolant and water in your engine. It is especially important to check when it is hot, or the whether has just changed. Overheating your engine could ruin it, so it is vital to take care of that.

In addition to oil changes and adding coolant to your engine, there are many other things that should be done periodically to ensure more usage from your motor. This can include flushing out the old coolant and adding new. It can also mean changing your spark plugs for new ones. It also means checking to make sure parts are still good before they go bad.
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