Any time that someone purchases a vehicle from us at Harbin Automotive, they inevitably ask us, “What’s the best way to keep my engine healthy?” Well, this happens to be something we know quite well, and we’re happy to pass this information along. We see cars that have been on the road for ages because of work put in to keep them healthy, and relatively younger cars that seem like they’re older than they are. So what gives? Here’s how to extend the life of your engine, from the experts here at Harbin Automotive.
Extend the Life of your Engine
Break it in gently. Think of it like stretching: for the first thousand or so miles of your new car’s life, it’s still becoming a fully formed vehicle. Piston rings are still getting worn in, and the proper performance from these rings is crucial to proper engine performance. That’s why, for the first 1,000 miles, stay below about 75 mph, and vary your speed and rpms so your engine can make natural adjustments.
Warm your car up when it’s cold. It rarely gets cold here, but when it does, it’s important to let it properly warm up. When it’s cold, oil is thicker and gas doesn’t usually burn as effectively. That’s why it’s a good idea to let your car warm up for several minutes for leaving, and drive slowly as it warms up.
Drive the speed limit. We know, this isn’t very much fun. However, studies have shown that consistent driving at more reasonable speeds is easier on your pistons and engine, due to the fact that high speed forces your engine to overexert itself. If you’d truly like to see your engine through to its golden years, lessening the speed might be the way to do it.
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Lighten the load. Very few vehicles are actually meant to be a daily towing and hauling machine. The ones that are, of course, are tow trucks and semis. That’s why towing shouldn’t be a regular occurance for your vehicle unless this is truly what it’s intended to do. Towing puts enormous pressure on your engine, and this pressure can eventually cause damage and reduce engine life.
Although many of our Ford and Chevy vehicles have some of the most durable engines known to man, there is nothing lost by making plans to keep it healthy. Oil changes, regular maintenance, etc. To schedule your maintenance or inquire about engine life, visit us at Harbin Automotive soon!