Car engines get worn down over time, but it is possible to prevent or reduce this damage. Car engines differ in features, size, and many other specifications. Each has unique components that require special maintenance.
The life of an engine depends on how the driver uses and maintains it. Depending on your driving habits and conditions, you can increase or reduce their durability. Let’s see this more closely.
- Oil Change: Don’t Be Stingy
In a country like the UAE, engine oil degrades faster due to high temperatures.
Do not try to save on your oil, especially if your engine model is new with features like high-pressure injection, increased efficiency, and particle filter.
Choosing the best quality allows for better engine operation and an extended lifespan, not to mention lower consumption. With a perfectly adapted oil you:
- Promot increased compression as it fills the space between the compression ring and the cylinder.
- Guarantee good lubrication of all parts of the engine up to the turbo.
- Help avoid overheating by absorbing a part of the heat emitted in the cylinders.
While poorly lubricated cylinders can become oval and require reboring, which is an expense that you try to dread, especially if you are thinking of selling your car in Dubai and not keeping it.
- The Engine Should Warm up Slowly
Before wanting to rev up beyond 2500 rpm on diesel and 4000 on gasoline, it is essential to wait until the engine has warmed up.
That helps pressure the lubrication circuits until they reach the right temperature when the oil becomes more fluid and, therefore, more efficient- especially when lubricating the turbo. Finally, the metal parts expand to obtain their optimal size.
The gearbox also has oil that needs to warm up. Usually, the heat gets there later than the engine.
That is a crucial point to preserve your engine over time, so do not neglect it.
Once warmed up, there is no harm in pushing the engine and revving up. However, if the engine has a lot of trouble warming up, it’s probably because of an open thermostat.
- Exploit Full-Power
Although the wear increases with the rise in the engine speed, it is useful to exploit all the power of your engine from time to time. That helps reach the internal temperatures that have a “pyrolysis” effect in cleaning the engine and the catalyst where much dirt accumulates over time.
- Change Filters Regularly
Don’t let your fuel, air, and oil filters get dirty or damaged. Changing them at the right time prevents your engine from absorbing parasitic substances (iron filings, particles, etc.) and allows it to breathe better
When the oil filter is saturated it will switch to “bypass” mode, i.e. the oil will pass through without being filtered.
The air filter can induce engine clogging by inducing a mixture that is too rich (although the computer tries to correct it via the information transmitted by the lambda). It is a priority to check these two filters.
- Cleaning Products
Even though some believe that they are useless, engine products (injector cleaner, water dispersant, etc.) are good for your car’s health. As the injection is sensitive, these products protect it from average quality fuels.
The products contain water dispersants, improve the cetane rate (better combustion), not to mention lubricate the expensive injectors and protect them.
Using top-of-the-range fuels preserves the engines, like using injection products in the tank.
When using premium fuels, the cars will not misfire and smoke as they do when the injectors suffer from certain substances, like water, present in the fuel. Calculate the additional cost per year, and compare it to the cost of changing the injector to see if it is worth it.
Avoid old petrol stations with poor maintenance. The tanks can age badly and become porous. As a result, when it rains, the water seeps into the ground, and a small part can end up in the fuel. Some parts hate water, such as injectors and any part that corrodes.
- Particle Filter
If your vehicle has it, you have to travel longer journeys from time to time at higher speeds to allow it to regenerate correctly. A clogged/malfunctioning particle filter causes problems for the engine and the turbo that needs a clean exhaust line.
Turbos and engines can break just with a clogged filter.
- Don’t Leave a Problem Lying Around
An engine has a chain of several elements that work hand in hand. If there is a problem with only one of them, it may induce collateral damage to other elements.
For example, a banal lambda sensor that messes up or a clogged air filter can induce over-rich oil that will clog the engine, another hard addition to the initial problem!
A minor problem can quickly turn into a vicious circle of costly repairs that degrade the price if you want to sell your car in UAE.
- Noises to Worry About
Listen to the engine noises carefully to see what is wrong as soon as you start to hear anything abnormal. However, there is no need to overreact, some disturbing loud noises may indicate a trifle problem.
Try to identify if these noises are coming from the engine, the transmission, or an accessory on one of the belts.
- Lights to Worry About
Some warning lights require you to stop quickly. For example, when the oil warning light is red, the engine can break down in a short time. When the water level warning light turns on, you are at the risk of overheating.
When the coolant temperature is too high, there is a risk of breaking the cylinder head gasket.
A car engine requires regular checks of oil, coolant levels, air filter, spark plugs, battery voltage, exhaust gas recirculation valve, and transmission fluid levels.
Additionally, you should check the condition of belts, hoses, and fluids periodically to ensure they perform well and stay intact.
Check the radiator for leaks and cracks and Keep a close eye on windshield washer fluid levels; if you notice any condensation forming, drain the reservoir a bit and add fresh washer fluid to keep the glass clear.
Remember to regularly inspect your vehicle’s lights and turn signals, which can become damaged through prolonged exposure to harsh weather.