An Ultimate Guide to Rev up Your Engine

There’s rarely an exhilarating feeling that matches driving your car. To be out there on the road, wind in your hair and the world racing past you… It‘s just incredible. There’s a reason why people fall in love with their cars when it becomes a source of joy and entertainment unlike any other. The more power you get out of your car, the better and more enjoyable your ride will be. That sound the car makes while you’re flying down the road is music to a car lovers’ ears, and it’s something that never gets old. To get that sound, and that unparalleled performance, though, you will need to make a few changes to how you handle your car. Here’s how you can rev up your car engine to get the most out of it. 

What is revving?

Car mechanics are quite fascinating; the engine uses the ignition of fuel to push rods inside the cylinders and make the engine work by rotation. You know that RPM meter number you have in your car? Well, that’s the number of engine revolutions per minute. What you need to do to get higher performance out of your car is for the engine to burn more fuel at a faster rate, which will create more heat and amp performance. The engine also starts producing more combustion gases, which in turn increase the exhaust volume. Revving up your car engine is trying to create more heat to increase both the performance and the noise level. 

How can you do it?

  • For starters, you need to make sure that your car’s pistons are made from the right materials, so you don’t end up damaging the engine beyond repair. There’s a reason why car models like the Porsche 911 GT3 use forged aluminum pistons, since they’re highly durable and can give you just the right levels you need. 
  • After you start your car, hold still for a minute or two to make sure oil is flowing through your car. The last thing you need is for the parts to get jammed because they weren’t well lubricated. 
  • Start hitting the gas pedal to accelerate the car by increasing fuel consumption. When you start doing that, you’ll realize that your engine RPM will start increasing as you accelerate, which is basically what revving is.
  • Keep revving the engine until you reach engine speeds that you want, but never go above the red line, because that can cause serious damage 
  • Now, it’s crucial that you maintain a certain RPM level for the car, so you don’t end up damaging the engine, but that will differ from one car to the other. If you’re driving a car with a petrol engine, then experts and manufacturers recommend keeping it between 2,500 and 2,700 RPM for optimum performance, and you shouldn’t go over 80 kilometers per hour for the first couple of weeks –– at least until you hit the 1,000 km mark. After that, you can rev up to 3,200 RPM with a maximum speed of 110, if you want. But it’s important to play it safe. At least in the beginning. 
  • If you’re driving a diesel car, the equation will change, and you’ll even have to keep your revs lower at first. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the difference between a diesel and a petrol engine car. In any case, these experts from Mechanic Guides recommend not going over 2,000 RPM, which is something you’ll have to take into consideration even if you’re driving a truck. It’s better to take it slow for the first 1,000 km, and then you can go up to 2,800 RPM. 
  •  If you want to get a higher exhaust noise, you will need to push and release the gas pedal quite rapidly to rev the engine to an even higher RPM, and then let it go back to idle. This will give you the loud noise you want, and it will show off your car’s peak performance. 

Do’s and Don’ts 

  • It’s important that you don’t accelerate too quickly, or hit the brakes too hard unless of course there is an emergency. You need to shift gears as smoothly as possible because that’s how you will protect your engine from any irreparable damage. 
  • It’s best that you maintain an average RPM speed after revving the engine, which will help you keep a warm engine.
  • Never rev the engine when it’s cold. This will take a toll on it and will wear it down much faster than usual, and it might cause damage to other components of your vehicle. You need to give the car enough time to heat up. 
  • If your car is new, don’t go on a long-distance trip before you’ve run-in your car. This way you’ll give the engine the time it needs to achieve its maximum performance. Staying too long in traffic at first is also not recommended, so if you can avoid doing that, you should.
  • Regular oil changes are a must if you want to keep revving your engine without structural damage. The ideal scenario is changing it every 1,000 kilometers or so.
  • Don’t push the gas pedal all the way to the floor, because this might overload the engine and increase the RPM to the point of engine failure.
  • Don’t regularly go over the RPM limit. It’s there in your car for a reason, and if you go over it once or twice and get away with it, you’d be trying your luck if you keep doing it. 
  • Pro tip: Try to empty your car of any unnecessary load that might weigh it down. That means taking out baby carts, books, luggage, and so on if you want to rev your engine as smoothly as possible. 

Revving your engine is definitely fun, and it can make your car sounds pretty loud and cool. You need to be careful with it, though, because if you go about it the wrong way, you might end up damaging the engine beyond the point of repair. So, make sure you’re taking it slowly and don’t be too aggressive with the engine if you want it to last. 

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