When you buy a car, whether it is used or brand new, you want it to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, not getting proper maintenance or ignoring its various warning signs could cause more extensive repairs and a shorter lifespan. The engine in particular is at risk if you don’t take good care of the car. Follow these tips to help the engine last longer.
Pay Attention to Weird Noises
There are a lot of signs your car will give you that means it needs to be inspected, such as odd noises. Quite a few noises can occur that signal a problem with your engine, such as a clicking noise or the sound of something squealing. If you hear a loud rumble every time you start the engine or when you are sitting idle for long periods of time, it might be related to your engine. That is a good reason to visit a mechanic to have it looked at.
Let Your Engine Heat Up
If you tend to start your car for the first time early in the morning, such as before work or school, you need to let the engine warm up before driving. Don’t just start the engine cold, then expect your car to run for a long commute. Give it a few minutes to heat up by turning on your engine, then sipping on your coffee or checking your phone before putting it away for the drive. Use these few minutes to wake up a little and give your car some time to be prepared for the trip.
Check the Fluids
You will hear this advice a lot in terms of making your car last longer and for good reason. It isn’t just good for your engine, but your entire mechanical system. Your car will live up to its full potential by doing things as simple as checking and maintaining proper fluid levels. This includes oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, water, and coolant. With the engine, oil is among the most important fluids to be sure you have an adequate amount of. Check the condition of the oil, changing it when the colour gets darker or if it smells foul.
Your engine should be inspected on a regular basis, including other parts of the vehicle’s mechanical system. Make sure you keep up with routine maintenance, oil changes and tune-ups to allow your car to continue running properly.