Three Things You Do that Cause Damage to Car Engines

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EngineWhether your car is new or not, its appearance is important. To prolong the vehicle’s life, taking care of the engine is just as crucial. What most people don’t realise is their habits may damage the car. Here are a few tips to keep the engine in tip-top shape:

  • Maintenance

Like most machines, cars need regular maintenance. Whether it’s to replace oil and filter or transmission fluid, car manuals do include a maintenance schedule. To prevent damage to your engine, it’s best not to delay maintenance. Don’t think of it as an inconvenience or added expense. Putting it off will eventually impact the transmission or engine, and will cost you more.

Don’t wait for the dashboard to say you need an oil change because by then the oil inside the engine is so dirty, it’s actually of no use. Regular oil change can double the life of a vehicle. Note that experts say changing the oil too often only costs you money, though.

  • Jerky Driving

Whether it’s jerky driving or speeding, then slamming on the brakes, the vehicle is taking a beating.

Driving at high speeds then hitting the brakes at a red light will take its toll on the brakes, engine and transmission. Besides, it’s dangerous and you may end up hurting yourself or other people.

Engine reconditioning experts from say second hand engines can still deliver optimum performance, if you get them from reputable wreckers. However, jerky driving may cause the engine and transmission to deteriorate faster. Instead of prolonging the life of the vehicle, you’re wearing it out with bad driving habits.

  • Be Mindful of Revving

Unless you’re on a race track, revving the engine is not a good idea. So is idling, which is why Lifehacker recommends turning off the engine if you need to wait for more than 10 seconds.

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Aside from creating a lot of noise, revving is a waste of fuel and will wear out engine components rapidly. Avoid this, especially when you’ve just started the vehicle. Extreme shifts in temperature subjects the engine to possible damage.

Checking a few habits will go a long way to keep that engine running smoothly. Save up on reconditioning costs because your engine’s life will be longer.

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