How to Avoid Costly Engine Repairs with Simple Maintenance Habits

How to Avoid Costly Engine Repairs with Simple Maintenance Habits

Your engine is the heart of your vehicle, pumping life through every part and function. At Mint Auto Service, we believe in preventive care to keep your vehicle reliable. Here's how you can avoid costly engine repairs with simple yet effective maintenance habits:


1) Pay Attention to Warning Signs

Vehicles are more intelligent than we give them credit for. They often communicate their distress with subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) alerts and signals. Engine overheating, unusual noises, reduced power, or even a simple Check Engine light can indicate that your vehicle wants attention. If you notice anything unusual, bring your vehicle to Mint Auto right away to avoid costly engine repairs.


2) Regular Oil Changes

We've all heard about the benefits of a 'well-oiled machine.' When it comes to engine maintenance, this isn't just a phrase! Regular oil changes are the cornerstone of engine care. Changing your engine oil every 5,000-8,000 kilometers (or as recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer) ensures optimal engine performance. Skipping or delaying oil changes can lead to severe engine damage, translating into hefty repair bills. Schedule your next oil change with us today in any of our convenient locations across Calgary.


3) Fuel Filter Replacements

A clean fuel filter ensures only pure fuel reaches your engine, protecting it from potential contaminants and debris. Over time, the filter becomes clogged, impacting engine performance and fuel efficiency. It's best to change the fuel filter every 30,000 to 40,000 kilometers, depending on your vehicle and driving conditions.


4) Timely Hose & Belt Replacement

When it comes to your engine health, timing is everything! Belts and hoses may seem insignificant, but they are pivotal in engine performance and longevity. Frayed belts or leaking hoses can lead to severe engine damage. Follow your manufacturer's belt and hose replacement guidelines, or allow the expert technicians at Mint Auto Service to assess their condition.


5) Coolant Checks & Radiator Maintenance

Overheating is the leading cause of engine damage. Maintaining the proper coolant level and keeping your radiator in tip-top shape can prevent this problem. We recommend checking your coolant level frequently (try making it a habit when you refuel) and getting your radiator inspected annually. Visit our Coolant and Radiator Service page to learn more.


6) Regular Air Filter Replacements

Breathe easy with regular air filter replacements. A clean air filter ensures your engine breathes freely, improving fuel efficiency and preventing engine wear. Regular replacements, generally every 20,000 kilometers (or once a year), will help to keep your engine healthy.

7) Regular Gasket Inspections & Replacements

Gaskets seal the spaces between engine parts, preventing oil or coolant leaks. A blown gasket can cause significant damage. A simple maintenance habit is to get your gaskets inspected during your routine oil change to help avoid a costly engine repair down the road.


8) Spark Plug Maintenance

An often overlooked aspect of engine maintenance is the humble spark plug. Responsible for igniting the fuel-air mixture in your engine's cylinders, a faulty spark plug can lead to reduced performance, impaired fuel efficiency, and even engine damage. The experts at Mint Auto Repair recommended replacing spark plugs every 50,000 kilometers, although this can vary based on your vehicle type and usage. At Mint Auto Service, we can check your spark plugs during your routine vehicle maintenance appointment to ensure they're firing on all cylinders.


9) Proper Tire Maintenance

Can you feel the pressure? Although tires aren't part of the engine, their condition directly impacts engine efficiency. Over-inflated or under-inflated tires make your engine work harder, leading to early wear and tear. Regularly check your tire pressure and align them every 5,000 to 8,000 kilometers to help your engine perform its best. Learn more about our Tire Services here.


10) Battery Check & Replacement

While not directly an engine component, your battery's health is pivotal to your vehicle's overall functioning. A failing battery can place unnecessary stress on your engine, leading to long-term damage. Regularly testing your battery's charge, especially during routine service appointments, and replacing it every three to five years helps avoid unexpected breakdowns.


The Power of Prevention

At Mint Auto Service, we believe that maintaining your car should be hassle-free and affordable. These simple maintenance habits protect your vehicle from costly engine repairs and ensure road safety.


Whether you're in Bowness or Westbrook, trust our experienced team at Mint Auto Service to keep your engine in prime condition. Book your comprehensive engine check-up with us today and steer clear of future engine troubles!


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