When purchasing a vehicle, the main thing that most consumers look for is its reliability and durability. Because purchasing a vehicle is a big investment, it makes sense that owners will want to make sure that they are purchasing something that is going to last quite a few years. On average, a Hyundai's engine has a lifespan that is anywhere around 250,000 km to 400,000 km. Depending on how much you drive each day, your car's engine could be in perfect working condition for 15 to 20 years. However, in order to ensure that your car's engine is able to last that long, there are a few things that you will need to do on your end to keep it in good working order.
Tips to Extend Your Engine's Life
The engines in our vehicles are sometimes put through a lot. They have to endure the extreme temperatures in the different seasons and have to endure extremely hot temperatures when they are in use for long periods of time. These conditions can cause damage to the various components of an engine. Here are a few things that you can do to help keep your engine in peak condition.
1. Don't Speed
Driving at high rates of speed can cause unnecessary wear and tear to your engine. When a vehicle has to go at a high rate of speed, the various components on a vehicle are also forced to move faster, which causes the metal to become hotter and could potentially become damaged.
2. Don't Forget Regular Maintenance
You should take your car to a trusted service department to have the oil and other fluids changed regularly. Check your car's owner's manual to see how often you should have your engine serviced
3. Check Your Hyundai's Towing Capacity
Many times, drivers will not check their vehicle's towing capacity before they try to haul a heavy load. The towing capacity tells you how much weight your vehicle can tow. If you exceed that amount, it could put a lot of stress on your engine, which can cause significant damage over time.
4. Drive Steady
When you drive your car, try to avoid hitting the brakes often. This can be difficult to achieve in high-traffic areas. However, when you have to stop your car and accelerate often, it can cause your engine to strain and work harder.
5. Let the Engine Warm Up
It is not good for an engine to run when it is cold. If the temperatures are close to freezing, you should start the vehicle and let it idle for several minutes before taking off. This will allow the oil and other fluids to warm up and smoothly run through the engine.
How to Extend the Life of Your Transmission
The transmission and the engine go hand in hand. When the engine is forced to work hard, the transmission is usually overworked as well. And just like the engine, without the transmission, your vehicle will not be able to move. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your transmission is able to last longer.
1. Regular Maintenance
Just like the engine, the transmission should also be maintained regularly. During a regular maintenance visit, the service technician will check the fluid levels and filter to ensure that everything is running smoothly. They may also change the transmission fluid to ensure that it is free from dirt and grime and able to park properly to keep your transmission cooled.
2. Synthetic Transmission Fluid
When you have your transmission fluid changed out, you may want to ask the technician to replace it with a synthetic fluid, instead of traditional transmission fluid. Synthetic fluids tend to protect the transmission better in extreme hot or cold temperatures.
3. Check the Radiator
The radiator is an important part of your engine. When the radiator is not working correctly, your engine could easily overheat, which could cause severe damage to both your engine and transmission.
Woodstock Hyundai Can Help to Keep Your Engine and Transmission in Peak Condition
If you want to extend the life of your Hyundai's engine and transmission, schedule an appointment with our service department today. We have a team of experienced technicians that have a thorough understanding of what it takes to keep your transmission and engine in peak condition. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us today