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Tips to Prolonging the Life of Your Engine

Mar 2, 2014

Whether your vehicle is just off the lot or 10+ years old, at ER Automotive, we know that your car or truck is worth much to our customers in comparison to any book value.  Unfortunately, on our expert mechanics have to give our customers the bad news that their engine has blown, which means a costly repair or having to purchase a new car.
ER Automotive is committed to providing the highest quality automotive repair services and care in Suffolk County, which is why we also firmly believe in educating our customers and fellow Long Islanders.  In regards to prolonging the life of your vehicle, the top solution is proper engine care and maintenance.

In the past, automotive vehicles were considered old and unreliable once the odometer reached around 80,000 miles.  In the past, car manufacturers just didn’t have the knowledge or technological advancements to build engines that would last much longer than that.  Fortunately for motorists, cars and trucks are now made to last long than ever before.  Although a vehicle with high mileage may not retain the book value, the engines today, are capable of lasting well upwards of 120,000-150,000 miles, or more, if they are properly cared for.  To guarantee your engine is performing at peak functionality and to prolong the life of your engine, our experts at ER Automotive highly recommend the following tips.

Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Engine

Oil Changes – Oil is responsible for keeping the entire engine lubricated, so the pistons and other moving parts can move, smoothly.  Old oil contains dirt, debris, and loses its lubrication.  Typically, your oil should be changed every “3 months or 3,000 miles,” but newer vehicles and those which use synthetic oils may have different requirements.  Be sure to have your oil changed, regularly, according to your mechanic or dealership.

Fuel Level – If possible, try not to let your fuel level drop below the quarter mark.  Although you still have plenty of gas, this prevents running out of fuel or mistakes with stuck markers.  Running on low fuel levels causes air to get into the system, as well as dirt and debris.  Running out of gas or riding on low levels is not healthy for any engine.

Pay Attention to the Lights – Indicator lights should NEVER be ignored.  They indicate something is not working properly or a level is too low.  From the “check engine” and “low fuel” lights, to the temperature gauge, if an indicator light turns on, there is a reason for it.  Be sure to have your vehicle checked out by a professional, as soon as possible.

Listen & Feel – You know your vehicle better than anyone.  Listen for any unusual sounds, such as clicking, squeaking, or anything else.  Likewise, if you notice your vehicle is riding differently, then there may be something wrong.  Do not put aside any abnormalities because although it could be nothing, even the smallest fix can turn into a tragic situation, especially if it is in the engine.

Inspection – Although New York State requires a yearly inspection, having your vehicle inspected by a licensed, professional is critical to your engine’s performance and the longevity of its life.  An inspection will identify any existing or potential problems.  Many professional mechanics will also perform a more informal inspection of your vehicle during oil changes, as well.

ER Automotive can help ensure you get the longest life out of your engine and vehicle.





















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