altIt’s a fact; no one wants to even think about the idea that they may need serious engine repair. Phoenix has spread out sufficiently that almost everyone has a respectable daily commute in their work life, and you need your vehicle ready and able to get you there and back. Engine repair is simply one of those things we would like to ignore, but simply can’t if we wish to drive. 

However, there are a few tricks that can be employed in engine maintenance in order to extend the life of the engine and avoid the high cost of major engine repair. Phoenix drivers are used to protecting themselves from the heat of the sun, and in many ways, an engine is quite similar. Taking a few steps to protect an engine is much easier than dealing with the aftermath of serious engine problems; and much cheaper too.

The first step to protecting your engine is of course the all important oil change. Making certain that your engine has good clean oil provides the necessary lubrication to help keep the engine cool. Not only that, but regular oil changes also make sure that dirt and other contaminants are filtered out of the engine and allow it to run smoothly. An oil change at the proper time is by far the most important maintenance procedure for the longevity of your engine.

In addition to this, it is also important to make sure that the cooling system of the vehicle is operating correctly. Though the radiator can be easily forgotten, it is of vital importance to the health of the engine at large. The closest parallel that can be drawn with the cooling system is that of dehydration. Without the radiator running, you can expect a rapid engine overheat, even though you are not pushing the engine to its limits.

Keeping the engine clean internally also has a lot to do with the overall health of your engine. By making certain that your spark plugs, fuel injectors and fuel filter are in good condition, you make it easier for the engine to operate with the least resistance possible.

For the most part, engine maintenance is a task that ends up being pieced out into the rest of the auto repair process for various reasons other than engine longevity. For example, many of the repair processes we’ve spoken about are often addressed individually as the vehicle ages; but it is important to note that taking care of these maintenance procedures ahead of time can make a significant difference in the performance and longevity of your engine.

Because serious engine repairs are something most drivers wish to avoid, we find it prudent to alert our customers to anything that could potentially cause a problem in the near future. At Curts Auto Repair, we feel it is only fair that our customers be well aware of what their vehicle needs before they decide on how to proceed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Our staff will be glad to help you with anything you may need, and answer any questions you may have.

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