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Tips to Keep Your Car Engine in Optimal Condition

Published: 6th September 2019

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Car technology is consistently improving, and contemporary models are increasingly capable of clocking up more miles than ever before. However, this doesn’t mean that you can just forget about engine maintenance. A functional car needs a healthy engine in order to remain in good working order. And, luckily, there are a few simple but effective measures that can go a long way to keeping your car’s engine in optimal condition.

Never Ignore Engine Warnings

All modern cars come with an on-board diagnostics system, so if there is a fault with any component, then this is usually flagged on the dashboard. Unfortunately, there are many drivers out there that disregard these warnings as an inconvenience. We understand that engine warnings can be worrying because they indicate trouble with your car, but you must never ignore them.

Always Use The Correct Grade of Fuel

There are many modern cars on the market that have been designed to run on standard grades of fuel. While other cars require high octane fuel to run efficiently and prevent damage to the engine. Many other models are able to run on different grades with no risk of damage in which case the higher octane fuels offer better engine performance.

Regularly Check Oil Levels

This may seem like a completely obvious measure to take, but many drivers fail to make this basic car check. Checking your engine’s oil levels only takes a matter of minutes but to accurately read the dipstick, your car needs to have been turned off for at least 5-10 minutes. This is to give the circulated oil time to drain back into the oil pan within the engine.

Frequently Change The Oil

When you buy or lease a new car, it will come with the manufacturer’s recommendation for how often you should change the oil. You should regard this as the absolute maximum figure to prevent damage to the engine.

Always Use Good Quality Oil

Just like we previously mentioned, a car manufacturer will also recommend suitable grades of oil that you should use for your car. It’s important to stick to the recommendation(s) to avoid causing any damage to your car’s engine.

Change The Oil and Air Filters Regularly 

Oil and air filters lose their efficiency over time and play a key role in your car’s fuel management. So, It’s important to change them on a regular basis to avoid any reduced performance.

Check The Condition of The Driving Belts

A visual inspection and the renewal of any showing signs of wear can help to avoid engine damage and ultimately prevent a breakdown. For cars that employ belt-driven camshafts, cam-belt failure can be devastating for the engine. Car manufacturers usually specify belt replacement intervals, but many breakages can still occur within these timeframes, so we recommend changing the belts more frequently than this.

Keep a Look Out for Fluid Leaks

A simple but effective way of looking out for fluid leaks is by regularly making visual checks. A fluid leak can be catastrophic for an engine and must be remedied as soon as it’s been discovered.

Replace Damaged Spark Plugs

Replacing spark plugs is a straightforward task you can do at home yourself. But, you should always refer to your car’s handbook beforehand. However, if a spark plug is still pretty new and has developed a gap between the electrode and the insulator, then it could be a sign that the engine is in fact under-performing. If this is the case, then we recommend that you take your car to a reputable garage for a professional opinion.

Leasing a Car with Wheels4Sure

If you are one of the many people in the UK who suffer from a bad credit history, you may think that leasing a brand new car is beyond your reach. However, at Wheels4Sure, car leasing couldn’t be simpler. Our leasing packages cover the first year’s road tax, servicing, breakdown cover, and full manufacturer’s warranty. So, you can be sure that your maintenance costs are much lower than if you were to buy a vehicle.

We accept our car leasing applicants based on their current affordability, not credit history. In fact, we say yes to 95% of applications. Please call us on 0203 823 1010 or apply via our website to get the ball rolling today!

 

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