Driving Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Engine
Many people are feeling the current economic climate. People are seeking ways to save money and stretch their dollars. This applies to our cars as well. It is much more sensible to maintain our vehicles than to buy a new one.
We all know that routine maintenance such as oil changes or transmission can prevent long-term mechanical failures and improve your car’s overall health. Did you know that your driving habits can also impact the life expectancy of your vehicle? Your engine’s fuel economy and lifespan can be affected by how you drive.
A new engine could easily run several thousand dollars. Taking care of what you have will pay off in the end.
We’ll be discussing five simple ways to improve your driving habits to ensure your engine lasts a long time. These tips will make your commute easier, but they can also save you money.
- Be gentle during the Break-in period
- Warm-up your car properly on cold days
- Don’t Speed
- Shift gears properly
- Drive with Lighter Loads
Be gentle during the break-in period
It’s an exciting time to own a car. It’s natural to want to have fun with your new car and see what it can do on the road after going through the sometimes difficult process of purchasing one. It’s important to be patient with a new engine initially.
The car’s first 1,000 miles (1,609 km) is called the “break-in period”. It’s important to maintain the throttle at a lower RPM and vary your driving speed. You don’t want your car to stick to one speed or gear. Instead, you want to use the whole range of performance.
For the best results, consult your car’s owner manual. However, you won’t usually want to travel faster than 75 mph (120.7 km/h) during the first 600 miles (965.6 km/h or 1,127 km/h) or over 3,500 RPM for the first 500 miles (804.7 km)
This is why? The piston rings are the most important part of a new engine. This requires careful driving and time to ensure that the rings fit your engine’s cylinders properly. The car could continue to burn oil if the rings are not properly seated.
Next, you will learn how to treat your cold engine properly.
Let your car warm up properly on cold days.
You would likely stretch first if you were going to run on a 30-degree day. Why drive your car on a cold, chilly day without warming it up?
Cold weather can be very hard on a car’s motor. Because the battery has a lower charge, it takes more energy to turn on an engine. It is harder for moving parts to function when the oil is thick and cold. Gasoline can be harder to burn when it is cold.
What should we do when it is cold outside? Most people will wait for the engine to warm up in the garage or carport until it is outside the “cold” zone. This is not a good idea.
The engine heats up slowly when the car is idle, even though it’s not doing much. Cold engines produce more hydrocarbon pollution than your catalytic convert (which cleans tailpipe emissions) can handle. The catalytic converter can be damaged if the car is left idle with more hydrocarbons. This will cause poor mileage and pollute emissions. Source: Mother Earth News
Turn your engine on, wait 30 seconds to one minute, then drive the car gently until it warms up. Five minutes may be sufficient if the temperature drops below zero.
Another tip for the weather is not driving your car too fast on very cold or hot days.
Next, we will examine the impact speed has on your motor.
Letting your inner Michael Schumacher out on public roads is a bad idea. Driving too fast can cause gas to be lost, increase emissions, and put you at risk of being ticketed or in an accident.
Did you know that excessive speed can also be harmful to your engine? This makes your engine work harder and requires more fuel. It also forces pistons and other moving parts into a higher gear than they should.
For most cars and trucks, the ideal speed to cruise is between 50-55 miles per hour (80.5-88.5 kilometres per hour). To cruise at 60 mph (96.6 km/h), you need about 73 per cent more horsepower. It takes almost 160 per cent more horsepower to cruise 70 miles an hour (112.7 km per hour) [source: GPS Direct]. Imagine how hard your engine must work to produce that much power.
You will be able to travel 55 miles an hour (88.5 km per hour), which is far slower than the speed limit for most American motorists. Certain highways in some states have speed limits of 80 miles per hour (128.7 kilometres per hour). It is important to keep your speed low and maintain a safe velocity to reduce engine wear.
Next, we will discuss proper gear shifting and its impact on your car’s engines.
Use Shift Gears Correctly
This tip is aimed more at manual transmissions. You can shift your car with an automatic transmission. However, it is still important to set the correct gear.
These tips also work with newer transmissions, such as dual-clutch or Tiptronic.
When driving, it is important to choose the right gear. If you have a manual transmission, driving in a higher gear than your speed or RPM range can cause the car to shake and move slowly. This is commonly called “lugging”. Lugging can cause unnecessary strain on the engine and result in costly repairs.
It’s also a good idea not to use excessive engine brakes. Engine braking occurs when you drive in a higher gear, then shift to a lower one and let go of the gas pedal. This causes the RPM to rise and the car to slow down without using the brakes.
Engine braking effectively slows the car down and makes it easier to turn corners. However, excessive wear can cause engine damage. When you have to slow down, you can use the brakes and shift to a lower gear once you reach the desired speed. This puts less strain on the transmission and clutch parts.
Drive with lighter loads
Heavy-duty pickup trucks often have powerful engines and a lot of torque. Because they are designed to haul and tow loads that are many times their weight and size,
However, smaller cars and engines are less capable of towing large objects. They might not have the power and torque to move boats, trailers or other vehicles properly.
Always consult your owner’s manual if you have any questions about towing restrictions. You should have the right vehicle to handle any towing you may need.
Towing is possible, but it also reduces the engine’s load. This will also help you get more gas mileage. Also, don’t load your car with heavy or bulky items.
These steps will help you save money and keep your car in good condition. Other benefits include improved fuel economy and less wear on other parts of the car, such as the brakes and transmission.