Engine Maintenance: How to Prolong Your Dodge B1500’s Engine Life
Dodge is known to make vehicles that are capable of providing great engine performance, good seating capacity, and excellent towing capability. The Dodge B1500 van is no different from all the others that have rolled out of a Dodge plant. You can expect efficient performance from your van, but also, you can get the best out of it if you know how to properly take care of your vehicle's engine. Remember that engine maintenance will not only boost the performance of your van but also prolong its life. Below are some tips on how you should go about the upkeep of your B1500's engine:
Your engine is made up of different smaller parts and accessories that enable it to perform its functions properly. Among them is a series of rubber belts that loop around the various pulleys in the engine. These belts drive everything from the alternator to the air conditioning system's compressor. Your van will have either the timing belts or the serpentine belts or both. The timing belt is the notched rubber that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. The belt is necessary to synchronize the opening and closing of the valves with the engine's pistons. The serpentine belts, or known as drive belts, are the ones that powers the air conditioning compressor, cooling fan, power steering pump, and air injection pump among others.
Since these belts are made only of rubber, you have to expect that they will not have a long lasting life. Rubber tends to perish eventually due to wear and tear; more easily under extreme conditions, such as an engine bay exposed to high degrees of temperature. Because of this, you need to regularly check the belts in your vehicle. Recommended interval for engine belt checks is every 25,000 miles and replacement at 50,000 miles. A fresh set of belts will ensure that your engine and its components will always function as they should. This will also prevent major engine troubles like overheating.
The engine oil is considered as the lifeblood of the vehicle. It is responsible for keeping the engine's internal moving parts properly lubricated, which in turn prevents them from wearing out quickly. The engine oil is also the one that keeps the engine clean by preventing dirt buildup. A clean engine means one that is not prone to overheating. The good news is that checking the oil in your van is quick and easy—in fact, it's something everyone can do. All you have to do is make sure that the engine has enough oil all the time; if the oil level is too low or too high, it could spell trouble for the engine. To check the oil, park your van and wait for the engine to completely cool down. Then, look for the dipstick—you will use this to check the oil level. If the oil is between the high and low marks on the dipstick, then you're fine. If not, you need to top up the oil.
- Check the air filter regularly.
Knowing when your Dodge B1500 needs air filter change is necessary. You see, your engine needs clean air to perform properly, so what this filter does is that it keeps dirt and debris from entering the engine and causing damage. This, in turn, leads to improved gas mileage, increased engine life, better acceleration, lower emissions, and overall improvement of engine performance. But just like the other components of your vehicle, the air filter will also accumulate dirt over time and will become dirty. When this is the case, the capacity of the engine to filter the air going into the engine is reduced. And with less air that enters the engine, the higher the possibility of engine components malfunctioning. So make sure to check the air filter regularly and replace it if necessary. Most car manufacturers recommend that you replace your vehicle's air filter every 12,000 to 15, 000 miles.