Your car’s engine is what gets your car moving and keeps you on the road.  Keep it running smoothly and you can increase the odds that your vehicle will last for years to come and your odometer will keep spinning higher and higher.  Making sure you keep up with regular maintenance for your car’s engine will help you avoid many major costly repairs.   Preventative maintenance such as regular oil changes are a vital component of helping your car stay on the road and out of the repair shop.  Driving your car beyond the recommended mileage based on the type of oil you receive during an oil change could potentially damage the engine and its components and as a result may cause your engine to not run properly.  So changing your vehicle’s oil and oil filter approximately every 3,000 miles is one of the most important things you can do for your car.  Checking under your car’s hood regularly for leaks, cracks, and low fluid levels can also give you a give you a heads up on any potential issues or problems before they become a major headache or worse for you and the operation of your car.

Your vehicle’s engine is a highly specialized piece of equipment comprised of many different parts, including pistons, camshafts, crankshafts, spark plugs, and a timing belt.  Each of these components requires unique attention since they serve different purposes in the functioning of the engine as a whole.  For example, if your spark plugs are not working properly then your car’s engine may not start since the ignition in the engine is not occurring.  Also, if you wait too long to replace your vehicle’s timing belt and it breaks while you are driving, it could completely destroy the engine.  Making sure you keep up with your engine’s recommended maintenance schedule is key to helping you avoid many of these types of problems.

But even when repairs become necessary and that “Check Engine” light is on, dealing with them in a timely manner can help avoid further damage and potentially save you money.  When your check engine light turns on it could be due to a variety of reasons from something as simple as a loose gas cap to a significant issue, such as a problem with your catalytic converter or an engine leak.  Bring your car in to have your Check Engine code read, and one of our highly trained, ASE-certified technicians will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and provide recommendations on the repairs and maintenance needed.  Call us at (206) 207-0455 today to schedule an appointment.