Satria CA9A Club

Satria for every people
 
HomeFAQSearchRegisterMemberlistUsergroupsLog in

Share | 
 

 Few tips on engine maintenance

Go down 
AuthorMessage
gsrturbo9166
Admin
Admin
avatar

Number of posts : 800
Registration date : 2006-11-22

PostSubject: Few tips on engine maintenance   Thu Nov 23, 2006 5:48 pm

Why cars break down?

Nothing lasts forever; any car eventually will start having problems. However, while some cars may provide you with few hundred thousands miles of trouble-free driving, others start having problems from the beginning. Why there is such a huge difference?
Sometimes cars start having problems after accidents. Sometimes it may be a factory defect or design flaw. Heavy conditions like, for example, driving only short trips without letting the engine to warm up fully also make the engine life shorter.
Corrosion is another factor - for example, park the car for a few months in place with high humidity and later it will probably have more problems than the vehicle driven all this time on daily basis.
Yet, lack of maintenance is one of the most often reason for a car to break down.
Here is a visual example:
Compare the two images below: the left Mazda's engine hasn't been maintained well. Looks like it the engine oil hasn't been changed for long time. This engine has relatively low mileage and already needs serious and costly repair. On the right, the Mercedes-Benz engine that has been maintained well. After 310,000 km (192,000 miles) it's still in a very good condition, and needs no repair at all. Can you see the difference?



So, what's most important to keep your engine in a good shape?

- I guess, I won't say something new stating that regular oil changes is most important factor to keep the engine running. If you do it more often than suggested by manufacturer's schedule, that's even better.
- Avoid overheating the engine
- Changing spark plugs, air filter, timing belt and other items from maintenance schedule may save you from costly repairs.
- Fix any small problem right away before it causes a serious damage.

Engine oil change


Why regular oil changes are so important? What will happen if I miss my oil change? Engine oil has limited life - after a certain point it starts losing lubricating qualities and carbonizes. Once it happens, the engine gets contaminated with carbon deposits or sludge (see the pic.) that significantly shorten engine's life. When you change oil at or before manufacturer suggested interval, you change the oil before this "carbonizing" point, engine remains clean and once refilled with new oil ready to work hard again. If the engine oil has not been changed for long, carbon deposits start clogging the oil pick-up screen decreasing oil supply and increasing friction. Through the engine ventilation system the same carbon deposits build up inside the throttle body and EGR system causing rough idle and possible check engine light. Compression decreases and engine start wearing much faster.
If you don't remember when you changed the oil in your car last time - just check the oil on the dipstick. And every time you change the oil, the oil filter should be replaced as well.

Checking the engine oil



Check the engine oil regularly, I'd recommend at least once a month or even more often if the car has high mileage.
Driving with extremely low oil level (less than min.) or with low oil pressure warning lamp on may cause serious engine damage
If you note, that oil pressure gauge indicates extremely low oil pressure - have your engine inspected as soon as possible.
- While checking the oil level, look at its condition. Check the image at the left. If the oil is black like on the right image, I'd suggest to change it.
- Always use only appropriate engine oil type (usually you can find it on oil cap or in the owners manual).
- Check your parking space for leaks. If you find any, fix it before it results in more serious vehicle problem


Synthetic oil vs. conventional mineral oil
The advantage of synthetic oil is that it can withstand higher temperature and can work longer without losing its lubricating qualities. It doesn't get thicker at below-zero temperatures providing good engine lubrication at a cold start. However, since it's more "thinner" a high-mileage engine filled with synthetic oil will more likely to develop leaks and you will more likely to hear lifters tapping noise at a start. Therefore, If you have low mileage or turbo engine and driving under heavy conditions such as high temperature, excessive load, long intervals without an oil change, etc., or simply want to provide extra protection for your engine, synthetic oil may be a good solution. But I don't think it's worth to use synthetic oil in high-mileage engines - thicker mineral oil will provide better protection as long as you change it regularly.


Engine cooling system



Engine overheating causes serious engine damage. In order to avoid the engine overheating:
Check the coolant level periodically. It should be at least at the "min" mark in the coolant reservoir. If it's lower, add the coolant bringing the level to the "max" mark.

Caution: Never open the radiator or the coolant overflow reservoir when engine is hot!

If you discover a coolant leak, have it fixed as soon as possible - it may cause engine overheating.
If you note that the engine temperature starts rising higher than normal, have your engine inspected before it will cause serious problems.
Check the front of the radiator - sometimes it may be obstructed with leaves or dust. It's one of the possible reasons for the overheating. Look at the image on the left. This Buick' radiator is clogged. Try to avoid using front end covers - they cause restrictions to the air flow through the radiator


Tune-up, timing belt, fuel injector flush

There are certain vehicle components that need periodical replacement (check your owner's manual for details) such as, for example:
Fuel filter -
dirty fuel filter may cause engine stalling and loss of engine power.
Air filter -
dirty air filter causes loss of engine power, increased fuel consumption, air flow sensor failure, etc.
Engine coolant -
old engine coolant loses its anti-corrosive and other characteristics and may cause water pump to fail.
Spark plugs -
simply spark plugs replacement can significantly improve the engine performance.
Timing belt -
timing belt failure may cause serious engine damage, especially if it's diesel engine.
Having a problem with fuel consumption or rough idle on a high mileage car? - Try fuel injectors service. You will note the difference right away.


Battery



CAUTION: The battery filled with harmful acid solution and can produce explosive gases. Handling a battery be careful and always use protective glasses and gloves. Don't use open fire, smoke, or create a spark near battery.

Most of batteries nowadays are maintenance free. All you check is battery terminals that shouldn't be loose or corroded. Corroded battery terminals will cause all kind of problem: blinking instrument lights, low charge, no-start, dim headlights, check engine and ABS malfunction light etc.
Also, if you see any acid leaks, cracks or any other damage - replace the battery. Acid leaking from the battery destroys everything underneath. For example on VW Golf it will be the fan control module located right under the battery.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://satriaca9a.activebb.net
syahriel
20km/h
20km/h
avatar

Number of posts : 204
Localisation : kuala lumpur- selangor
Registration date : 2006-12-22

PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:46 am

gud info.....thanks bos..
Back to top Go down
View user profile
louisfjh
42km/h
42km/h
avatar

Number of posts : 825
Age : 30
Localisation : Wangsa Permai...keke
Registration date : 2006-11-30

PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:58 pm

hmmm.......
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://satriaca9a.activebb.net/SatriaCA9A-Photo-Galleries-c1/Sat
syahriel
20km/h
20km/h
avatar

Number of posts : 204
Localisation : kuala lumpur- selangor
Registration date : 2006-12-22

PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:19 am

louisfjh wrote:
hmmm.......
y.....
Back to top Go down
View user profile
louisfjh
42km/h
42km/h
avatar

Number of posts : 825
Age : 30
Localisation : Wangsa Permai...keke
Registration date : 2006-11-30

PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:24 pm

no y.... lazy 2 read this... hhe
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://satriaca9a.activebb.net/SatriaCA9A-Photo-Galleries-c1/Sat
cr0wer
15km/h
15km/h
avatar

Number of posts : 171
Registration date : 2006-12-28

PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:29 pm

4 timing belt... i rec0mmend change every 60k km...
Back to top Go down
View user profile
louisfjh
42km/h
42km/h
avatar

Number of posts : 825
Age : 30
Localisation : Wangsa Permai...keke
Registration date : 2006-11-30

PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:00 pm

60k 2 change??? not 70k meh?? mine is 67k++ now.. not yet change o......
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://satriaca9a.activebb.net/SatriaCA9A-Photo-Galleries-c1/Sat
cr0wer
15km/h
15km/h
avatar

Number of posts : 171
Registration date : 2006-12-28

PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:08 pm

stuck in traffic jam... engine running - meter n0t
warm up engine in da m0rning... engine running - meter n0t
st0p @ traffic lite... engine running - meter n0t
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Xcraft
Warm Up Your Engine
Warm Up Your Engine
avatar

Number of posts : 21
Age : 33
Registration date : 2007-02-08

PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:28 pm

cr0wer wrote:
stuck in traffic jam... engine running - meter n0t
warm up engine in da m0rning... engine running - meter n0t
st0p @ traffic lite... engine running - meter n0t

make sense ic
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Few tips on engine maintenance   

Back to top Go down
 
Few tips on engine maintenance
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» RCGF 45cc Petrol Engine
» Tecumseh engine
» How man cc is an 11hp engine?
» Poss. sale of 09 RZR "S" engine
» Please help me diagnose Engine trouble on a 18.5 hp v twin.

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Satria CA9A Club :: All About Modification Of Your Car :: General Maintenance-
Jump to: