Cars make us feel like we have the ability to go anywhere in the world, but most of us don’t take full advantage of that. Even though there are plenty of ways to get more out of your car, most people just drive around town without realizing all the potential their vehicle has. It doesn’t matter if you drive a luxury sedan or a minivan—you can always make it faster, quieter and more efficient by making simple modifications at home. That said, let’s dive into some simple ways to tune up your engine and get better performance!
Fuel injectors are a critical part of your engine’s performance. They’re responsible for injecting fuel at the right time and in the right amount into your engine’s combustion chamber, which helps create more power. Fuel injectors should be cleaned every 30k miles or so (they can go longer if you don’t drive a lot), but if you notice that your car has been running poorly lately, cleaning them may help fix some of those issues!
To clean your fuel injectors yourself:
- Take off all covers from around each side of each cylinder head; this will expose all eight intake ports where air enters before being compressed by pistons on their way down into cylinders where it mixes with gasoline then ignites inside respective combustion chambers at top speeds (around 15000 RPMs) thanks to spark plugs firing off electricity from coils located underneath valve covers just above where air enters through ports like we talked about earlier…
Spark plugs are used to ignite the fuel-air mixture in your car’s engine. The spark plug has a metal tip which heats up and ignites the gas, causing combustion. The heat comes from electricity flowing through a wire wrapped around an insulator (usually ceramic). When you turn on your key, it sends power through this wire to heat up the metal tip of your spark plug so that it can cause combustion.
Spark plugs should be replaced every 100k miles or at least once per year for optimal performance and efficiency
Oil filters are a part of the engine and they clean the oil. The location of an oil filter varies by vehicle, but it’s usually found at the top of your engine. Changing an old or damaged oil filter can be done by someone with basic knowledge of cars, but if you’re not sure what you’re doing then it’s best to leave this job up to a professional mechanic.
Coolant temperature sensor
The coolant temperature sensor is a device that measures the temperature of your engine’s coolant and sends this information to your car’s computer. Your car’s computer uses this information to control things like when to engage your fan, how fast it runs and how much air should be circulating through the radiator.
The sensor itself is usually located in an aluminum housing near the top of your engine block, where it can sense temperatures between 90 degrees F (32 C) and 160 degrees F (71 C). If something goes wrong with this component, it could result in overheating or other serious problems with your vehicle’s operation–so checking for signs of wear on these devices is important!
Mass air flow sensor (MAF)
The mass air flow sensor (MAF) measures the amount of air entering your engine. It’s a critical component that measures the amount of oxygen in your intake, and sends this information to the engine control unit (ECU). The ECU then uses this data to calculate how much fuel should be added to each combustion cycle so that you get optimum performance out of your car or truck.
If there is an issue with your MAF, it can cause poor fuel economy, rough idling or stalling when accelerating from low speeds, hesitation while driving at higher speeds and even reduced power output from your vehicle’s engine. If these symptoms sound familiar then you may want take a look at this simple guide on how check if your car has any problems with its MAF sensors:
Throttle body sensor
In a carbureted engine, the throttle body is the main air passage that connects to all four intake runners. It contains an electronically controlled butterfly valve (called a throttle valve) that regulates air flow into the combustion chamber.
The throttle body’s sensor looks for changes in air pressure caused by movement of the throttle plate and sends information about those changes back to your car’s computer. The computer uses this information to adjust fuel delivery so that it can maintain optimal engine performance under as many driving conditions as possible–from idling at stoplights to cruising down the highway at high speeds.
A clean car engine is a well-tuned car engine.
If you want to get the most out of your car, it’s important to keep it clean. A clean engine will run more efficiently and last longer. Here are a few tips for keeping your engine in tip-top shape:
- Clean the air filter once a month or more often if you drive in heavy dust or dirt (like off-roading). Check out this video for how: https://youtu.be/n_lk2T1CxAw
- Wipe down any grease spots on the outside of your engine every time after driving in rainy conditions; also check underhood components like belts and hoses regularly as well as replace them when needed so they don’t break while driving!
- If you see smoke coming from underhood vents after starting up cold morning then chances are something has gotten hot enough during driving that oil got hot enough for combustion without being cooled down afterward; make sure everything has cooled down before shutting off engine since otherwise some residue may remain inside cylinder head(s).
We can’t stress enough the importance of tuning your car engine. It’s not just about getting more horsepower and better gas mileage, it’s also about keeping your car running smoothly and safely. If you have any questions or concerns about how to tune up your vehicle, feel free to reach out!