Start The Season With A Happy Engine

Keeping your engine happy will save you time and money in the future. Follow these few tips and tricks to keep your engine going for many more years to come:

 
 
1. New Cars Have A Break-In Period!
  • New or newer engines have new parts that need to be more familiar in their role as your cars 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
  • Cold weather in Florida doesn't really ring a bell, especially not in Orlando, but on days where you are not in a rush and even chilly 65 degree mornings from time to time, start your vehicle up and let it relax! The cooler the weather, the tougher it is 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. Drive the Recommended Speed Limit 
  • Excessive speeding is bad for your engine, and I am plead guilty to having a heavy foot but it is wasting you gas and is hard on 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. The Lighter The Load, The Better!
  • Smaller vehicles with smaller engines have a hard time packing around large objects! Go figure! 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 find these tips very helpful to the overall health of your vehicle and most certainly your engine. A happy engine equals a happy vehicle! 
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