Car engine maintenance | 3 Biggest mistakes

February 15, 2018

1. Not checking engine oil conditions regularly:

 

Oil breathes life into your car engine. Don't neglect it

 

Considering the number of rotating, moving and grinding parts that constitute your engine, the fact that it must be lubricated well is a no-brainer. Neglecting periodic oil checks and subsequent oil replacements, will not only negatively effect performance and driveability, but also cause irreversible mechanical wear.

 

As you rev those horses, minute amounts of your engine oil start to get burnt off and degrade. This is precisely why poor engine maintenance can affect your car in more ways than you think.

 

 

How often should you change engine oil?

 

As a rule of thumb, every 3 months or after travelling 3,000 miles.

 

There are exceptions though. If you make extremely short trips or spend short amounts of time in start-stop traffic, your engine probably doesn't get too warm. In such a case, you can get away with less frequent oil changes.

 

If you drive an oil-guzzling 5000 lb pick-up, tow a lot, or drive regularly on dusty roads, you must try and replace it as soon as your dipstick tells you to.

 

How to use a dipstick?

 

Well, here's how. It ain't rocket science;

 

1. Pull out the dipstick; you will find it somewhere in your engine bay.

 

2. Wipe it clean, with a lint-free cloth; you don't want dirt getting in there.

 

3. Insert the dipstick back into the pipe

 

4. Pull it out again; gauge the condition of your oil by referring to the image alongside this text.

 

The markers on the dipstick will tell you how much oil is left in the engine, and the condition of the oil, will tell you.. well, its condition.

 

CAUTION: Remember to let your engine cool down, before you stick anything in there.

 

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2. Allowing the engine to overheat

 

The engine bay generates more heat than you think.

 

 

Most modern cars have a heat management system to prevent over heating. However, in the situation of a malfunction or that of low coolant levels, the engine bay can heat up to very high temperatures.

 

Burnt engine oil will generate friction that will increase over time, resulting in mechanical wear, in turn leading to the engine suffering from a build-up of carbon deposits and sludge.

 

3. Neglecting clogged air filters

 

Clogged filters hinder heat management

 

The purpose of the air filter in your engine is to prevent dust and debris from clogging your engine.

 

A clogged air filter restricts airflow in the engine bay engine, thus hindering heat management. This causes  a significant loss in power and sluggish performance.

 

Old filters are also very prone to being torn, allowing debris and dust to flow in and clog the filters.

 

How often should you replace the engine air filter?

 

Generally, every 15,000 to 20,000 miles. A little more frequently if you drive on duty/ unpaved roads.

 

Make use of the owner's manual

 

Remember to replace your air filter at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer, you can find this information in the user manual supplied with your car.

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