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Car Maintenance & Towing Prevention: Part 2

hand holding wrenchWe’re back to take a look at a list of towing prevention tips you should monitor on your car year-round for regular car maintenance. These are all parts of your car that can and should be inspected before it’s too late and you find yourself in trouble on the side of the road.

Our first article in the series covered a few items, such as batteries and air filters, and you should definitely read it if you haven’t already. This week we’re covering spark plugs and the different timing belts that keep your engine running smoothly.

Change Your Spark Plugs

If you know anything about cars, you know they run on internal combustion engines. This means there are teeny-tiny, safe explosions propelling your car forward. That propulsion comes from a mixture of your car’s fuel and the outside air, but those two ingredients need a little kick to get going—they need a spark.

As you guessed, that’s where spark plugs come into the picture. There is one plug per cylinder in your engine so that each cylinder can create combustion. So, if you have a v4 engine, you have four spark plugs, and a v8 has eight spark plugs, etc.

While technology has greatly lengthened the life of spark plugs, they do still need to be replaced. Generally, spark plugs are replaced by mileage and can range from 30,000 miles to 100,000 miles. Find out your spark plug model and check with the manufacture for more details. If you notice your car starts to suffer in mileage, it might be time to inspect the spark plugs.

Check Your Belts

Belts mean a couple things when it comes to an engine. There are engine belts and timing belts, but some cars have timing chains instead of belts. Despite the difference the slight differences, all belts and chains keep things running smoothly in your engine.

Engine belts are primarily responsible for keeping your alternator and water pump active, while your timing belts opens and closes valves at the perfect time for smooth operation. If either belts break, your car isn’t moving. Worse, if either belt breaks during operation, you’re going to have everything running out of schedule in your engine. This means parts are grinding and shearing into each other as there is no “conductor” organizing the moving parts in your engine. The resulting carnage can be very costly, so it’s wise to replace these parts before anything goes wrong.

Luckily, these belts are built to withstand lots of punishment, and they don’t need regular changing. Engine belts should be replaced every three years or 36,000 miles. Timing belts should be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

Make sure you visit us in the future when we finish up the list of car parts you can regularly maintain to prevent car trouble. We’re trying to keep you off the side of the road! If you do find yourself in trouble though, call us at ASAP Towing so we can help you out.

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