Nurturing your racing engine will maximize its performance potential and extend its life.
Whether you are an avid race enthusiast or a hobby racer, preserving your engine should be a top priority to ensure it continues to deliver its full power on the track.
That way, you can continue enjoying the heart-pounding thrill that comes from racing.
Help your engine deliver a blistering performance every time, without compromising any of the essential components.
It’s time to clue yourself up with the knowledge and practices necessary to preserve your engine’s power and unleash its optimum capabilities on the track or open road!
Engine Maintenance Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Engine
Here at Blud, three things truly matter to us - Protection, Performance and Longevity. Interestingly enough, these three things are key areas of good engine maintenance. So, let’s explore how you can achieve protection, performance and longevity for your engine with these maintenance tips:
Protecting a racing engine is absolutely critical for its optimal performance, longevity, and reliability. In the demanding world of motorsports or high-performance riding, where engines operate at their limits, ensuring protection becomes even more vital.
Here are some of the ways you can do that:
Choose A High Quality Lubricant
There are many moving parts in a racing engine, so you need to ensure that they are adequately lubricated. Otherwise, you could be looking at poor performance or component failure. But, you can’t just throw any lubricant in there and hope for the best!
Choosing a high quality synthetic lubricant that is specially formulated for your engine type is going to ensure optimum performance and protection for all of the components within. It’s also essential to use premium-grade fuel to meet the demands of your high performance engine.
Regular Oil Changes
Changing your engine oil on a regular basis is essential for maintaining good lubrication. Over time, as your engine heats, cools and performs, the oil will begin to thicken. Eventually, it will thicken so much that it becomes like sludge. When this happens, the oil cannot reach all parts of the engine, leaving essential components without lubrication.
Obviously, this can lead to excessive wear and tear, and even engine damage. The frequency of changing your oil can vary greatly so make sure you discuss the type of racing and the conditions that you will be competing in with one of the highly trained Blud team members. Having the correct lubricant in your race engine is critical to achieving the goals of protection, performance and longevity.
Systems And Parts
Each of the different sections within your engine will need some attention. They are:
- Cooling System: Prevent your engine from overheating by regularly flushing out and replacing your coolant.
- Air Filters: Your engine relies heavily on the intake of clean air, so regularly cleaning and replacing your air filters prevents contaminants from entering and hindering performance.
- Seals And Gaskets: Regularly inspect your seals and gaskets to ensure there are no leaks. Replace any that are looking worn or are starting to perish.
Don’t Forget The Chain
Whether you are riding an on-road or off-road bike, your chain is going to need ongoing maintenance to protect your safety and improve the performance of your bike. Regardless of the surface you ride on, your chain is going to get blasted with a certain amount of grit and dirt. If not cleaned and lubricated, it increases the risk of your chain failing while riding.
That’s why proper chain lubrication is key for keeping those wheels turning for longer. Chain lubricant comes in a number of different forms so pick the style that is the most comfortable for you to use. Able to penetrate all the parts of your chain, the lubricant will form a film that repels dirt and protects the essential components for a smoother ride. Blud’s unique Extreme Pressure additive system gives extra life to the chain while minimizing the amount needed to lubricate the chain.
Optimizing the performance of your engine directly impacts your vehicle’s competitiveness, speed and overall racing success. You can achieve faster lap times, increased power output, and improved handling while maintaining consistency and fuel efficiency.
These are some of the ways you can maintain your engine’s performance:
Keep It Regular
Engine maintenance is not a one and done kind of job. It needs to be performed consistently to have maximum effect. So, follow a regular maintenance schedule, consistently checking, cleaning and tuning up the various parts of your engine.
Optimizing your engine performance is fundamental for success on the track or road. If you can extract the maximum potential, not only can you get speed, but also the critical edge that leads to victory. You can gain this advantage by checking:
- Spark Plugs: Monitor and replace your spark plugs when needed to ensure efficient combustion and prevent misfires.
- Ignition System: Beyond just the spark plugs, also monitor the entire ignition system including the wires and coils.
- Valves: Maintain your engine efficiency by checking and adjusting your valve clearance.
- Exhaust System: Check for leaks and damage in your exhaust system so that your performance and efficiency aren’t compromised.
The final element of engine maintenance is longevity. This is all about the correct care required to give your engine a long and productive life. Not all of it is about mechanical components, some of it is how you look after your vehicle both on and off the track. Achieve this care by:
- Driving Mindfully: Having an element of control in your racing will help you achieve better results AND prolong your engine’s life. So, avoid over-revving to prevent excessive wear on your engine components. Also, shift gears smoothly to reduce stress on your engine and transmission.
- Warm Down: After a high performance run, allow your engine to cool down before turning it off to prevent shocking it.
- Be Proactive: When undertaking your protection and performance checks, be proactive with what you find. Address any issues found in the inspection of your belts, hoses, and other engine components quickly.
- Store Properly: Regardless of whether you are storing your vehicle overnight or for several months, ensure it is stored correctly and safely.
- Be Kind To Your Engine: Don’t overload your engine with accessories or modifications beyond its capacity. And if you do have to replace parts, select high quality components that are suitable for your vehicle.
- Trust The Professionals: Consider having an experienced race mechanic inspect your engine regularly to catch any issues and undertake maintenance in a professional workshop.
Advice And Support
Racing is in our Blud. We know race engines and what they need to function well. So, if you have any queries about racing oil or other lubricants, then reach out to our knowledgeable team today.