Keeping Your Engine Well Maintained

 

Follow these tips to keep your engine running STRONG: 

  • New Cars Have a Break-In Period

New or newer engines have fresh parts that need to be more familiar in their role in your car’s engine – particularly the piston rings. Check your owner’s manual for the best results on how to drive within your new cars first 1,000 miles. This tip can make a huge difference between an engine that lasts 100,000 miles and an engine that lasts 200,000 miles.

  • Drive the Recommended Speed Limit

Excessive speeding is not good for your engine. It forces your engine to work harder by pumping and using more fuel, which forces parts to work at a higher speed than optimal. The dashboard may say you can go all the way to 140, but we would never suggest it and neither doesn’t either! The ideal cruising speed for both cars and trucks ranges between 50 and 55 mph. Cruising at 60 mph requires about 73 percent more horsepower!

 

  • Warm Your Vehicle Up Before Driving

It can get pretty cold during winters in Mississippi, but on days where you are not in a rush, even chilly 50-degree mornings from time to time, start your vehicle for a few minutes and let it warm up! The cooler the weather, the tougher it is on a car's engine. It takes more energy to start and run because the battery carries a lower charge. Thick oil that occurs due to cold temperatures makes it more difficult for moving parts to operate.

  • Manual Transmission? Shift Your Gears Properly 

It is very important to always be in the correct gear when you are driving. Traditionally, if you have a manual transmission you may have noticed that driving in a too high gear with your speed and RPM can cause a shake and slower moving vehicle, which is referred to as lugging. Lugging creates unnecessary strain on your engine and can damage your cylinder heads—leading to expensive repairs later on.  

  • The Lighter The Load, The Better!

Smaller vehicles with smaller engines have a hard time packing around large objects. Cutting back on the amount of weight you're carrying not only reduces the load on the engine, but also helps you get better gas mileage. Do a cleaning of your vehicle and get rid of the extra stuff in the trunk or backseat that you've been carrying around for far too long.

  

I hope you found these tips to be helpful. They all can make a difference to the overall health of your vehicle and most certainly your engine. Remember, a healthy engine is a healthy vehicle! 

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