When you’re on the road, just about to set off on your next big trip, the last thing you need is an engine that doesn’t start or doesn’t work. Unfortunately, time is the enemy of all mechanical systems and things wear away just through use, but there are some things you can do to check that you engine is as healthy as it possibly can be.
Oil, Oil, Oil
Engines run and live off oil and if your engine is not properly lubricated that will affect both its efficiency and its longevity. Leaving it until you run out of oil to top up is far too late and a poorly lubricated engine will have already started to wear itself down in this time. Keep it topped up regularly and consider keeping a small emergency supply with you just in case you do run low.
ooling and Radiators
Your radiator needs to be fed on a mixture of coolant, water and anti-freeze and the exact proportions will vary depending on what particular brands you’re using. All motorhomes will run hot, but if your motorhome is staying hot for a long time after you switch off the engine or is steaming or smoking during use then you might have a radiator problem – check under the bonnet for rust.
Your cam (or timing) belt will need a replacement every 60,000 miles or so, but beware that a broken cam-belt can be destructive. Your motorhome insurance should cover damages but if your cam-belt has not been replaced in time then you may find yourself with some very expensive repairs to do. Don’t let it happen – check the log book for when you’ll need to replace your cam-belt next.
The engine really is the heart of your motorhome and needs to be treated well if it’s going to last you. Keep all your levels topped up and if there’s something aside from the obvious that’s going wrong take it to a professional as soon as possible – don’t leave it all winter with a problem. Get it fixed and get your engine healthy again!