Fixing Your Car Engine

A car is a complex machine, with hundreds of parts working in tandem to get you on your way in a safe and efficient manner. At the center of your car’s performance is the engine, that giant and intricate piece of machinery located under the hood responsible for, well, almost everything related to adequate performance of your vehicle. Fixing a car engine, however, isn’t as simple as replacing a single part or tightening a screw. Given its intricacies, many, many things can go wrong with an engine, resulting in the potential for many time consuming and expensive repairs. As a result, your vehicle’s engine requires regular maintenance and due diligence to ensure both you and your wallet are safe.



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What does regular maintenance entail? In order to prevent an outright “fix” of your car’s engine, regular tune ups are essential to preserve its life and keep every gear, belt, and hose running smoothly. This can be attained through a basic car service every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. This typically includes an inspection of the engine and all of its key components, an oil change, windshield wiper fluid refill, brake pad inspection, and much more. Bad oil and no oil can have an extremely adverse effect on your engine’s performance, and if left unattended can lead to what amounts to a broken engine.

Your engine should also receive regular tune ups, which includes an inspection and, if necessary, change in spark plugs, air filters, ignition wires, rotor, and distributor cap. Most cars don’t need tune ups as often, and you should check your car’s manual to determine the best time to have these key components checked for wear and tear. Other parts in your engine that need regular check ups include the timing belt and the serpentine belt, both essential parts that keep your engine running smoothly, and coolant, also known as anti-freeze, which prevents your car from overheating.

As such, fixing your automobile’s engine is only necessary if you let it get to that point; all other fixes are merely part of average maintenance. Owning and maintaining a car is not cheap, but with due diligence, you can significantly decrease the cost of owning it, as well as extend the life of your car.

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Posted on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM