Taking care of your engine

There are some basic requirements for engine maintenance that are easy to forget when you’re busy, but when you’re reliant on your vehicles for work, it becomes even more important to make sure you’re taking care of your engine. We take a look at the key areas to help keep your engine in good health.

FUEL

A good tip for engine car is not letting your petrol or diesel get too low before refuelling.

This is because sediment and dirt can build up in the bottom of the tank, so if you use all your fuel before filling up, you’re pulling the grimier stuff up into the engine filter, increasing the chances of it getting into the engine and causing internal damage. It’s also worthwhile getting the filter changed periodically; depending on where it’s located you may need a mechanic to do this for you… unless you are one!

BELTS

You should also be checking the belts on your engine regularly. Working hard to keep your fan, water pump, alternator and air conditioner going, they do last a long time, but our tip is to turn them around slowly and check for cracks.

Getting worn belts replaced before they cause any damage can save you a small fortune in the long run.

DRIVING HABITS

Your engine and your fuel consumption are is significantly affected by your driving habits, both good and bad. Be mindful of the following and you’ll get more out of your engine (and your fuel tank):

– Change up and down a little sooner

– Accelerate gradually; watch your revs, under 3,000 is advised

– Use the brake less; slow naturally where possible

Can we help you?

If you need motor trade insurance of any kind, we can help. Request a quote and we’ll get in touch to give you a competitive price.

Share Article:

Browse other guides

Getting the most out of your car battery

The RAC attends over half a million battery-related breakdowns every year. There are things you can do to help prolong your car or van battery life and reduce the likelihood of battery problems.

How to look after your brakes

Brakes are the single most important active safety aspect of any vehicle – looking after them well can be the difference between stopping in good time and having a crash.

Caring for your motor through the winter

During the winter your cars and vans need extra care to make sure you’re safe on the roads and your engine runs smoothly.