By maintaining your car, and minimizing wear by driving safely, you can have a huge impact on your car’s longevity. Read more below for tips on how to keep your car engine in great shape!

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3 Tips to Prolong Your Car’s Engine Life

When you purchase a new car, you’re making an investment. If properly cared for, the engines can last for over 100,000 kilometres - provided that you take the proper precautions and maintenance steps!

Check Oil Levels

Your car’s engine contains a lot of mechanical parts that create friction as they brush against each other. Friction generates heat and this can lead to a significant reduction in engine performance. Minimizing friction from these moving parts is critical to ensuring a smoother drive; otherwise, you’d experience loud noises from your engine. Make sure that your car is parked on level ground, remove the oil dipstick and wipe it with a clean rag first, this helps remove oil that may be on the level indicators. Once cleaned, reinsert the dipstick all the way in and now you can see where the level of oil is. There are two points marked by an H and L, in some vehicles the area between these two points is shaded and comes with patterns for easier assessment. Make sure that your oil level is within these two points.

It’s also critical to look at the colour of the oil. It shouldn’t be black, engine oil is usually amber in colour. Dark-coloured engine oil indicates the presence of contaminants, excessive heat, the addition of chemical additives or worse, sludge. As for the frequency of oil change, check your car’s owner manual as it will tell you exactly when to change your engine oil.

Take Note of Fuel Economy

Your engine’s performance is affected by a lot of things. And while there are several factors that may require some level of technical competence to evaluate, there’s one thing you can try to assess yourself without breaking a sweat - fuel economy. The idea is an efficiently running engine will burn fuel at a much steadier, constant rate. If it works too hard, it burns more fuel. If it burns more fuel, you’re going to feel it in your wallet. You’ll be finding yourself going to the petrol station to refuel and that’s an indication of the engine overworking. That’s why it’s very important to check your odometer and trip meter.

Replace Spark Plugs

The spark plug acts as a fire starter. It ignites the air-fuel mixture in the cylinders and requires a little maintenance for its long life span. Regular maintenance will ensure that the engine retains its spark. Replacing spark plugs isn’t difficult, with the right tools, you can fix it with a turn of a few bolts. However, if you lack these tools or you simply are not confident enough about your skills in checking and replacing the spark plugs, then consider having a professional do it for you.

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