Automotive care isn’t a priority for most drivers, but it should be; there are many benefits to ongoing engine maintenance. Bentleys usually have a high standard of performance and luxury, and therefore must also have a high level of care and maintenance. Purchasing a Bentley is expensive enough, and it can be difficult for drivers to continue to spend money on maintaining and repairing it. However, such an investment must be protected—especially if you ever decide to sell it.
Beyond resale value, ongoing vehicle care for your Bentley will increase its reliability and consistency in performance; the last thing you want is to be broken down on the roadside in your Bentley. However, by performing your Bentley’s engine maintenance, you also save yourself the hassle and expenditure of time-consuming, costly repairs resulting from lack of maintenance. If you own a Bentley, here are some tips for basic engine care.
Keep fluids clean and full
Your car relies upon several different fluids that are critical to its performance and reliability. Coolant (antifreeze or radiator fluid), transmission fluid, engine oil, power-steering fluid, and brake fluid are the five most important fluids your car needs to perform optimally. You can take your Bentley to a qualified, trustworthy automotive shop that specializes in Bentley maintenance and repair to inspect the quality, clarity, and fullness of these various fluids. Some of them, like your antifreeze and motor oil, are simple to inspect yourself; however, if you aren’t already familiar with these processes, we don’t suggest you start trying on a Bentley.
Keep air filter clean and replace it regularly
Your engine air filter is what keeps the three D’s out of your engine: dust, dirt, and debris. These harmful particles can buildup in your engine, causing clogs and significant disruptions in performance. The air filter is easy for your trusted Bentley technician to check for quality assurance. If your air filter isn’t white or off-white, it’s time for a clean one. If you leave a dirty air filter in your Bentley, you might begin to notice some concerning symptoms and effects on the vehicles performance, such as: reduced fuel efficiency and reduced horsepower. If the problem worsens, you may even experience engine misfiring.
Hire a Bentley specialist
While there are automotive shops and dealerships on practically every street, it’s important to keep in mind that most of those shops won’t be able to offer the level of care your Bentley needs. Generalized automotive knowledge is helpful, but Bentleys have their own unique design, engineering, and parts that require specialized knowledge and skills in working with various Bentley models. To find a specialist that you trust, you can look online at customer reviews and learn more about what people are saying about the shop and their experiences with them. Call various shops to get quotes and estimates as well as more information about their credentials and qualifications in working with Bentleys.
Adhere to your Bentley’s maintenance plan
There are many procedures besides fluid and filter care that must be routinely performed for your Bentley’s engine. For instance, at different intervals, your transmission, suspension, and other components will require replacement parts or servicing. You can find a detailed schedule of maintenance for your Bentley in your owner’s manual. The manual suggests certain maintenance tasks based on the vehicle’s mileage and age. It’s important for you to consult with your Bentley specialist to learn what maintenance plan will suit you best, taking into account your unique driving habits and typical driving conditions—i.e. frequent heavy traffic vs. only leisurely drives occasionally.
How Star Motors can help
For over 30 years, the Bentley experts here at Star Motors, have been serving clients in the areas of Southern Orange County, including San Juan Capistrano, CA. European imports like Bentley require a higher standard of care than most vehicles, simply because their design and engineering is unique and geared toward performance and luxury. The technicians at Star Motors are ASE certified and highly skilled in working with various different Bentley models. Basic ongoing engine maintenance is crucial to uphold for your Bentley; we help our clients get on track with a routine maintenance plan that works for them. For more information contact us directly. You can also schedule an appointment on our website!
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