Now, you have reached the final post of this series. If you haven’t the first 2 parts, catch up on the Tips in Safeguarding Your Auto Investment (Part 1) first.
Filter the dirt out.
- Aside from oil changes mentioned in Tips in Safeguarding Your Auto Investment (Part 2), filters also play an important role. It should be part of any maintenance plan, and it should be regularly replaced.
- The role of air and fuel filters is to prevent any dirt or grit from getting into your car’s engine. Over time, the filters will get dirty and and won’t be able to separate the dirt. Hence, more residue will clog up and block these filters.
- Driveability problems arise from dirty air and fuel filters like having a rough idle. To have the best driving experience, make it a habit to replace the filters regular. Ideally, you should schedule a replacement of the air and fuel filters every 15,000 miles. However, if you frequently drive in dusty environments, you should replace them more often.
- Another filter that gets ignored is the carbon canister filter. This is part of the emission control system, and it responsible in cleaning the incoming air. The canister is an essential part of the engine management system. So, a clogged canister will surely give you driveability and/or emissions problems.
- For some cars, there is what you call a positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) filter. It will be the one to filter the air in order to make sure that clean air goes in the engine crankcase. Nowadays, cars don’t need this filter, but if your engine still has one, make sure to replace the PCV filter every 15,000 miles.
- While were are on the topic of PCV, the PCV system has a valve, and it should be replaced regular as well. Every single time you install a new PCV filter, you should also replace the PCV valve.
Where is the spark?
- Most ignition systems have been upgraded through the years, and many engines now don’t have distributors anymore. Instead, a Direct Ignition System is present to have one ignition coil on every spark plug, or share one ignition coil for two spark plugs.
- However, if your car still has a distributor, it is best to replace the distributor cap, distributor rotor and ignition wires as per the recommendation of the automobile manufacturer.
- Aside from that, the spark plugs should regularly changed too. Always use the spark plug that your manufacturer recommends. You will find this information under the hood. Remember, the recommended replacement should happen every 100,000 miles, but this rule doesn’t apply to all.
- A critical part is of your engine is the timing belt, and usually, the replacement happens every 60,000 miles. Take note that NOT every engine uses a timing belt.
- If your vehicle has one, it is extremely important to replace the timing belt before it breaks. If the timing belt breaks while your vehicle is running, it would mean serious engine damage.
- Other than that, you should check on the engine drive belts every time you schedule for a change oil. You should look for cracked and/or frayed belts. Car parts such as the alternator, power steering pump and coolant pump are all dependent on the drive belts. If the belts break, then, it will trigger a domino effect, leaving your car unable to move.
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