While you should, of course, carry out regular car maintenance tasks (checking fluid levels, tires, lights, wipers, etc.) the services of a professional mechanic are vital when it comes to servicing the engine and transmission of your vehicle.
- Cylinder block
- Cylinder head
- Timing belt
- Engine maintenance
Regular engine maintenance is the single most important thing you can do to ensure the smooth running and correct performance of your car.
Engine parts wear over time, so it’s essential that they’re assessed by experienced mechanics and the necessary replacements (or repairs) carried out at the right time. This will ensure the peak performance of the vehicle, as well as the best fuel economy.
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The components housed within the engine block are the main elements that power your vehicle. In short, this is the heart of the car where all the “magic” occurs that makes its momentum possible. The cylinder blog contains various elements, including valves, gaskets, and seals, all within a solid cast block. The housing of the block is strong to protect the delicate parts inside. However, it’s not immune to damage, with problems such as plug failure or cracking causing issues. This makes the checking of the cylinder block an essential element of an engine service.
The cylinder head is the sealed end of a cylinder that forms the combustion chamber. The integrity of the head is what ensures the optimal compression within the cylinder (it’s responsible for the correct airflow in and out of the engine), so it’s vital for the smooth running of the engine. Damaged cylinder heads can be repaired or reconditioned if the damage isn’t too severe—yet another reason cars should undergo regular maintenance checks.
Another vital part of the engine, the timing belt is responsible for the correct opening and closing of the valves. Over time these are subjected to wear, and it needs to be changed as per the car manufacturer’s recommendations. This is certainly not an area to skimp on, as a broken timing belt can cause catastrophic damage to an engine.
While cars with manual transmission require less maintenance than other types (automatic, four-wheel drive), they still need to be cared for. Of course, the fact that you use the clutch pedal and shift stick to manually select a gear brings other wear and tear into the equation. Your mechanic will assess the health of your clutch and associated parts during a service and advise on any maintenance needed.
In an automatic transmission he gear change process is carried out without assistance from the driver—the transmission selects the appropriate gear based on aspects such as speed, load, and how heavy you press the throttle. It’s composed of many different components, making it essential for regular expert servicing to be sure that all parts are working as expected.
The transmission in a four-wheel-drive vehicle requires additional maintenance due to having differential gears, front and rear axles, and a transfer case. The servicing of a 4x4 transmission, therefore, needs its various components to be maintained, as well as the checking and topping up of transmission fluids.
Many of today’s cars are based on a front-wheel drive platform, although the luxury and sports section of the market leans more towards rear-wheel drive. What this means in practical terms is that the engine drives whichever two wheels it’s routed to (so either the front pair or the rear) and the others roll with the momentum this causes. The transmission will be checked and serviced during a regular maintenance check.
Both automatic and manual clutches undergo significant stresses in the day-to-day running of the car. This can be exacerbated by poor driving techniques. Every time you change gear (or an automatic transmission changes gear) the clutch engages and disengages with the flywheel to cause a smooth gear change. Signs that a clutch is worn include making strange noises, slipping, or jolting when you change gear. It’s an essential element in the running of the car and will be checked during a service. If you notice any sign that a clutch is becoming worn it’s vital to get it checked at the earliest opportunity Regular maintenance of your car is the key to trouble-free motoring.
The engine and transmission are the beating heart of a vehicle—wear and tear reduce performance, increases fuel consumption, and ultimately cause unnecessary maintenance costs. As well as ensuring you follow the manufacturer’s guide for maintenance, there are other things you can do to lower natural wear on car components and increase driving enjoyment.
- Carrying out regular weekly vehicle checks, such as checking tire pressures and cleaning the car.
- Regularly checking oil, water, and other fluid levels and topping up as needed.
- Driving in a way that doesn’t put excessive strain on the engine and parts, including harsh acceleration, braking, and taking corners at speed. In manual cars try not to “crunch” the gears.
- Ensuring the wheels are correctly balanced and aligned.
- Not allowing the fuel tank to run empty.
- Keeping the car under cover if possible. If kept out in the open, regularly remove debris (leaves, etc.) from within the engine compartment.
- If something doesn’t feel right when you’re driving then this is a clear sign that there’s a problem in the making. Getting the vehicle checked at the earliest point will reduce the chance of this worsening and therefore becoming more expensive to repair.