It should be a no brainer that to make your car’s engine last over 300,000 miles you have to do exorbitant maintenance throughout its life.
Clean Your Engine
If you have bought a used car, then the first thing you should be doing is change its oil, as you don’t know how well the car have been maintained before. You could also use Sea Foam and run it through the crankcase for about hundred miles. What this will do is dissolve and clean fuel deposits and sticky residues from gas and diesel injectors, carburetors, and combustion chambers. It provides high-temp upper cylinder lubricity and helps to protect the entire fuel system from dry out, wear and corrosion. After doing this it is recommended to change your oil earlier than scheduled as while cleaning your engine all the gunk will mix in your oil.
Next what you can do is use anti-friction treatment for your engine. Anti-friction are super lubricants that can extend the life of your engine by reducing friction between engine parts. When you look at this super lubricant under microscope you will see tiny little ball-bearings which acts as the barrier between parts. You can also use it in transmissions, differentials and power steering to extend their life.
Fuel Injector Cleaning
You should also clean your fuel injector regularly, there are a number of brands that offer fuel injector cleaners. What these will do is offer treatment for cleaning & preventing corrosion in fuel systems. There are certain chemical in these cleaners that are just really powerful at breaking up carbon on top of pistons and its also really good at cleaning intake valves. The fuel additive in it cleans injectors, carburetors, valve & combustion chamber deposits with a powerful concentrated blend of high-temp and low-temp detergents. It should be noted these will not clean up newer direct injection motors, it has a little different cleaning process and this liquid will never hit your intake values in those. But other than that for any pushrod motor or overhead cam motor these cleaners will do the job really well. Its common to run these through the system after every oil change.
Transmission Fluid Additive
Next up is the ATF additive which you can use to improve steering characteristic and reduce the noise in your power steering. It also damps down shifting operations and protects from wear. It also regenerates seals, cleans and protects the internal components from wear and tear.
7 Tips on making your car last longer
1. Check your tire pressure regularly.
If the pressure gets too low or high you can have serious problems. When tires don’t have enough air, too much heat is generated because the resistance against the road is stronger. If your tires are under-inflated even by 3 psi, your fuel economy will drop by 2%. Multiply this by the miles you drive every day and it will definitely take a chunk out of your wallet. And also, get ready to spend more money because it will last about 4,000 miles less. If you’re thinking about over-inflating your tires and get better gas mileage, well think again. Tires with too much air in them negatively affect the car’s driving and handling your chances of skidding or hydroplaning increase significantly. To avoid these situations check your tire pressure once a week, or at minimum twice a month.
2. Avoid aggressive use of gas and brake pedals
Sharp acceleration and abrupt braking are extremely harmful to different systems in the car. The transmission and engines suffer a lot, and brake pads and discs wear out much faster. Additionally you will be using more fuel taking a hit on your gas mileage.
3. Park your car correctly
Be careful when parking the car, too many drivers put the car into park before coming to full stop. This takes a real toll on the transmission and can lead to an expensive repair. The same applies for putting the car into drive or reverse before stopping fully. Don’t do it for the sake of your car’s life. Make it a habit of completely stopping the car and only then change the gear.
4. Keep an eye on any warning signs in your dashboard
With the help of the symbols on the car’s dashboard, your car can tell when something goes wrong like when the engine overheats or there is something wrong with the electrical system or the brake fluid level is too low. You should go to an auto repair shop as soon as possible to save yourself from expensive repairs or even an accident. If you notice the engine light flashing while you’re driving, slow down right away because this might be a sign of a serious problem.
5. Do routine inspection and repairs
Cars do need regular checkups like people, but a lot of drivers don’t realize this and very rarely or never take their car for inspection. Neglecting your car’s routine maintenance can result in a much bigger problem and can cost you a lot of money. Number one is the engine oil change, its the most important routine maintenance of your car. If you don’t change that oil in time, it can severely impact the life of your engine and if you neglect it long enough your engine might even cease. You should also change your oil filter, air filter and other oils in your car at regular intervals.
6. Don’t overload your car
Putting a lot of weight on your car is really bad for your car’s suspension, steering, transmission, tires and engine. Overloading also increases fuel consumption and can make handling worse. You should check the maximum load capacity of your car in your car’s manual and do not exceed that weight limit. Another tip is to get rid of all the useless items that may be lying in your car. Each and every item in your car increases your fuel consumption. So carry what you really need.
7. If you have a manual transmission, don’t hold the clutch in for long periods like at traffic stops.
Doing this wears out the parts in your transmission faster. You should change your gear to neutral when you’re stopping at lights.