Posts made in July, 2016

A Few Simple Tips for Keeping Your Diesel Engine in Good Shape

A diesel engine is typically considered stronger than a standard petrol engine, so it’s often chosen when you’ll be consistently towing something and for heavier vehicles themselves. A diesel engine also doesn’t use spark plugs to start, so it doesn’t need the standard tune-up that other engines need. However, this doesn’t mean your vehicle’s diesel engine is indestructible. Note a few tips for keeping that engine in good shape so it lasts for years to come.

Replace gaskets in sets 

Because diesel engines usually work harder than standard petrol engines, the gaskets of the engine may get leaky sooner than you would see in other types of engines. If you notice that one is getting leaky or brittle or is sliding out of place, it’s good to change all of the gaskets at the same time. These are what keep the fuel in the engine and help keep it separate from oil, and when one starts to break down, there’s a good chance they’re all breaking down. If you replace them in a set, you’ll always have quality gaskets that protect your engine from damage.

Check the glow plugs

A diesel engine starts with heat, not a spark. Usually the outside temperature is warm enough for the engine to start, but for cold weather, your engine will rely on glow plugs. These are small plugs that create a tiny bit of heat around your engine, so it can start in winter months and cold climates. If the glow plugs wear out, your engine may not have enough heat to start and you may be putting extra wear and tear on it by trying to start it cold. Have the glow plugs checked every year before wintertime or if you’re taking your vehicle to a cold climate, and replace them as necessary.

Have a water separator installed

 A water separator is located near the fuel filter and it strains out excess water in the fuel. Not all diesel engines have one installed, but this can mean having only high-quality fuel delivered to your engine and not something that is watered down. In turn, your engine won’t struggle so hard to run, as it would with watered-down fuel. Once the water separator is installed or you find that your engine has one, be sure it’s emptied every time you take your engine in for an oil change so it’s always operating optimally.

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The Benefits of Rotating Car Tyres Regularly

You may be wondering whether or not it is necessary to rotate the tyres on your new car regularly. Read on and discover some of the benefits that you are likely to realise if you rotate the tyres on your car on a regular basis.

Tyres Wear Evenly

The different tyres on your car wear out at different rates. For instance, the front tyres on a front-wheel drive car wear out more quickly than the rear tyres. This is because the drive wheels experience greater wear as you accelerate the vehicle. Transferring such tyres to the rear enables them to wear out at a slower rate as those tyres that were at the back undergo the accelerated wear of being used as drive wheels. Consequently, all four tyres will last longer if you keep rotating them as part of your routine car maintenance activities.

Less Damage to the Suspension System

When tyres are not rotated regularly, they wear out unevenly. This can cause vibrations that can strain the suspension system of the car. The vibrations result from the weight of the car resting on tyres that differ in size due to the extensive wear on some of those tyres. This strain can cause various components of the suspension system, such as the shock absorbers, to wear out quickly.

You Benefit from Mileage Warranties

Some car manufacturers may void the warranty on the car if there are no records to show that the tyres on that car were rotated regularly. Such manufacturers may even prescribe how you should rotate those tyres in order for the warranty to be valid. Thus, rotating the tyres will enable you to take advantage of the car warranty if the vehicle develops mechanical problems during the period when the warranty is still applicable.

Early Detection of Undercarriage Problems

Removing the wheels gives you an opportunity to observe the undercarriage of the car. This visual inspection can enable you to identify developing problems, such as corrosion, before they cause extensive damage to the car. Such problems can be rectified at a fraction of what it would have cost you if the problem hadn’t been tackled in time.

As you can see, several benefits may accrue from rotating the tyres on your vehicle regularly. Contact a car service professional for advice about the tyre rotation pattern and interval that is suitable for your make and model of car.

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