On top of your daily engine maintenance, there is a variety of other important maintenance your engine requires on a less frequent basis. Whether it is weekly, monthly or annual maintenance, these checks, to be done throughout the year, will help maximise the life of your engine and retain it’s performance. These checks should be done in conjunction with the recommendations in the owners manual.
To ensure that routine maintenance is completed, it is recommended to use a log book. It may also be helpful to run an hour-meter. This is a device that can be used to digitally keep track of the hours your engine/equipment.
Oil is the life blood of your engine, cooling and lubricating it. On top of being checked daily, bimonthly oil changes are recommended, as over time, potentially harmful sludge (usually made up of fine particles of metal and dust) can build up inside your engine. For that reason, it is important that you change the oil twice a month or every 100 hours. As a side note – after an engine is first purchased, the oil should be changed after the first 20 hours. This is to remove assembly lubrication and metallic particles created during the initial run in.
To keep your engine healthy and ready to work when you are, check out the next blog post where we will look at more maintenance tips.