The engine is the heart of your vehicle, and thus regular maintenance is vital to the overall health of your car. There are lots of different moving parts to keep track of when it comes to engine maintenance, so make sure you perform each of these tasks regularly.
Motor oil flows through your engine to keep all the parts moving smoothly, so if it’s low or filled with debris, it won’t be able to do its job correctly. Dirty oil makes your engine work harder, which shortens its lifespan and can lead to issues down the line. Check your oil monthly, and get an oil and filter change at least twice a year at Wondries Toyota to ensure optimal engine health and performance.
The engine air filter is designed to prevent debris from the outside from entering your engine and causing wear and tear. Over time, this filter can get clogged or even tear, letting in that debris. Get your air filter changed at the recommended interval, typically about every 1-2 years, at Wondries Toyota.
Coolant is the fluid that regulates your engine temperature, so if it gets low or springs a leak, your engine can easily overheat. Check your coolant levels regularly and add coolant if it’s low. If you notice that the level is going down quickly, you may have a leak, which you’ll want to have repaired. If you check your coolant, you’ll want to make sure that the engine is cold to avoid being burned. You can also have it checked as part of your regularly scheduled service at Wondries.
The timing belt and drive belts can both be damaged or worn, which can cause serious damage to your engine. If the drive belt snaps, your engine will be disabled, and the timing belt is responsible for regulating the camshaft, so both are absolutely essential to maintaining engine health. Check these belts regularly for fraying, cracks, thinning, and dampness.
A tune-up usually involves replacing dead spark plugs, changing filters, cleaning the fuel injection system, and more. Even the smallest malfunctioning parts can make your engine work a lot harder, so if you want it to last as long as possible, get a tune-up about every 60,000 miles.
For all of your service and maintenance needs, turn to the experts at Wondries Toyota.