5 Driving Tips To Keep Your Engine Happy & Healthy

Whether your vehicle is New or Used, you want to make sure you are taking preventative measures to maintain the health of your vehicles engine. Everyone has had that scary moment when the check engine light surprises you as if it's your birthday and you are left thinking the possible worst thoughts about how much money you will be dishing out to fix said problem. 

Keep Calm and Engine on with these few tips to keep you on the road problem free while prolonging the life of your vehicles engine!

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1. New Car? Be gentle during the Break-In Period
  • New engines have new parts that need to be accustomed to their role in your car's engine -- the piston rings in particular. Check with your owners manual for the best results on how to drive within your new cars first 1,000 miles. This tip can really make a difference between an engine that last 100,000 miles and one that lasts 200,000 miles. Be good to your engine and you will appreciate the care later!
2. Your Vehicle Needs Warms Too
  • I know, I know! Jacksonville, FL doesn't really get cold, cold weather... but on days where you are not in a rush and even chilly mornings from time to time, start your vehicle up and let it relax! Colder weather is tough on a car's engine and it takes more energy to start and run because the battery carries a lower charge. Thick oil due to cold temperatures makes it harder for moving parts to operate. Try to avoid running your vehicle on extremely cold or hot days.
3. Don't Speed
  • Did you know excessive speeding is bad for your engine? It forces your engine to work harder by pumping and using way more fuel which forces parts to work at a higher speed than optimal. Yes the dashboard says you can go all the way to 140, but we don't suggest it and your engine doesn't either. The ideal cruising speed for both cars and trucks ranges between 50 and 55 mph. Cruising at 60 mph requires about 73 percent MORE horsepower! I bet that will make you slow down just a little bit.  
4. Manual Transmission? Shift Your Gears Properly 
  • It is very important to always be in the correct gear when you are driving. Traditionally, if you have a manual transmission you may have noticed that driving in a too high gear with your speed and RPM can cause a shake and slower moving vehicle which we can refer to as lugging. Lugging create unnecessary strain on your engine and can damage your cylinder heads leading to expensive repairs later on.  
5. Drive With Lighter Loads
  • Smaller cars with smaller engines have a hard time towing big objects around unlike heavy-duty pickup trucks which typically pack, powerful engines with a lot of torque. Cutting back on the amount of weight you're carrying not alone reduces the load on the engine but also helps you get better gas mileage. Do a New Years cleaning of your vehicle and rid the extra in the trunk or backseat that you've been carrying around for far too long!

I hope you found these tips very helpful to the overall health of your vehicle! 

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