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Auto insight: Tips to maximize engine performance

Auto insight: Tips to maximize engine performance
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(BPT) - You may not be a legendary stunt driver, but the car you drive today has a lot of technology under the hood. Whether you're commuting to work or heading to the grocery store, you want to get the most out of your engine's performance.

Your daily drive probably doesn't involve a powerful car, wild icy terrain or heart-pumping stunts like in the viral video TITANIUM ICE inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming film, The Fate of the Furious, in theaters April 14. But what you may not realize is today's engines are smaller, which means they must work harder at very high pressures.

To help your engine work smarter, not harder, and to get the most out of your vehicle, follow these expert tips. For additional advice, visit www.castrol.com.

Use the proper fuel gas: Use the highest-octane gasoline recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

Clean filters: Keep the air filter and fuel filter clean. Eliminating debris maintains air and fuel flow, which helps maintain power.

Get regular oil changes: Oil keeps all the moving parts in your engine properly lubricated. Only a thin layer of oil separates critical engine parts to prevent friction and wear. Check oil levels and change regularly — per your owner’s manual or oil change indicator recommendation.

Upgrade oil: Castrol(R) EDGE(R) full synthetic motor oil, engineered with fluid-titanium technology, physically changes the way the oil behaves under pressure, helping reduce friction and maximize engine performance. Learn more at www.castrol.com/EDGE.

Maintain coolant: Engines run hot, and your car's coolant system helps keep the temperature under control. Fill coolant tank as necessary and fix any leaks to avoid engine damage.

Reduce weight: The lighter your car, the better the engine will perform. If you're lugging around extra weight in the trunk, remove it and help your engine (and fuel economy) improve.

Tire pressure: Check your owner's manual to maintain proper tire pressure. Correctly filled tires will help you get optimum fuel economy, plus it helps your car grip the road, and keeps you safe.

Invest in a tune-up: No matter how car savvy you are, it pays to invest in a professional tune-up from time to time. Experts can spot small issues before they become big problems.

Be inspired: Check out TITANIUM ICE, a mixed-reality driving challenge filmed in the wild, icy landscape of the Yukon in Canada. Visit Castrol’s YouTube channel to see Michelle Rodriguez challenge her legendary stunt driver, Debbie Evans, and Evans' impressive Jaguar F-TYPE 5.0 Supercharged V8 R AWD — with the strength of Castrol EDGE — to compete against a mixed-reality army of military tanks, nuclear submarines, helicopters, missiles, explosions and shattering ice.