Vehicle maintenance is of vital importance both for safety, longevity and performance, and today we want to talk about the importance of maintaining your engine and the surrounding components that make it possible for your engine to operate.
The engine is the heart of your car, and its fluids are its blood. In your own body, your blood has kidneys and a liver to keep the blood clean — aside from the oil filter, a car engine can’t clean its own fluids. That’s why it’s important to change an engine’s oil regularly and to make sure that change happens before the oil gets too dirty. Dirty oil may suffice in the short term and things may go fine for a while, but eventually, it will lead to disaster. Even small amounts of dirty buildup over time can lessen an engine’s lifespan.
Your coolant is just as important. Having a clean and correct mix of coolant increases the cooling efficiency and capability of your engine, and prevents rust and corrosion from forming.
Your radiator and water pump also play an important part in this, the pump’s job is pretty self-explanatory, it pumps coolant through the engine, then through the radiator to be cooled and then back into the engine in a continuous cycle.
If maintenance is lacking and part of your cooling system fails in its duty, major engine damage can happen in a matter of minutes.
For example, the engine block pictured is out of a 2010 Toyota Kluger with 79,000kms clocked. Basic oil changes have been maintained but a lack of cooling system maintenance has resulted in a major engine overheat, so bad that the alloy in the block has separated from the cylinder walls.
The repairs required to get this car back on the road came in at a little under $10,000. Don’t let this happen to you; practice a good maintenance schedule with your trusted mechanic, and pay attention to what your engine is telling you. If your car’s gauges say the engine is getting too hot, the oil pressure is low, your check engine light is on, or it’s making a noise that it never used to make, don’t wait. Take it to a mechanic you trust.