Vehicle Maintenance Part 2: The Engine
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, there are some really good reasons why one should keep their car engine is ship shape. But, we are not going to get into all of that today, but rather tell you how you can make your car engine running smoothly.
Check Your Belts
First things first, you need to check the belts of your engine. To do that, look at the front of the engine and you will see a series of rubber drive belts which loop round various pulleys which control everything from the a/c compressor in your car to the alternator. Often times, the rubber perishes which is why you should get both the accessory drive belt and the timing belt checked at least every 25,000 miles just to make sure that they are in working order, and replace them after every 50,000 miles.
Check the Oil Level
This is so easy anyone can do it. The reason why you should check if the oil is too low or too high is because it can cause some serious problems for your engine if left unchecked. To check the level of the oil, first you need to park on level ground and wait for the engine of your car too cool down. Locate the dipstick, pull it out and wipe it clean, then push the dipstick all the way back in until the top of it is set in the dip tube. Now, wait for a few seconds then pull it out again. If the level of the oil is somewhere between the H (high) and L (low) mark, you are all clear, if not get it fixed.
Check the Coolant Level
This is also something that any car owner can do quite easily. The main reason why you should check this is because your car engine can’t do without it. First, check the handbook of your car to find out where the coolant reservoir is, which is normally towards either side of the engine bay. Then, check if the level of coolant inside is between the low and high markings. But, make sure the engine is cool first.
So, these are the three simple ways in which you can check your engine yourself and get a quick fix before it’s too late and a trip to the garage is needed.