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When it comes to cars, there is no better thrill than watching them race. Heading to the stadium with your friends to watch your favorite driver compete and set new lap records is an exhilarating feeling. However, have you ever wondered what it takes to keep a racing car in good shape?

Learn About Taking Care of a Racing Car

If you are interested in learning more about racing car maintenance or you are looking to get a racing car yourself and want to know what you might be in for, Progressive Products has some information below to get you started.

Radiator and Cooling System

You only need to place your hand on an everyday sedan to know that modern engines run hot. This doesn't stop with the family car, however. In fact, a racing car runs remarkably hotter than a family sedan given that its power is being constantly pushed. Not only is overheating the quickest way to shut down a racing car, but it is also very dangerous for the driver, as the temperatures inside the car can become extreme, hindering their ability to drive. For this reason, racing car owners need to pay close attention to the condition of the radiator and cooling system before, during, and after each race. The smallest crack could lead to a leak and cause the radiator to blow. One of the biggest challenges faced by cooling systems on a race track is tight-knit racing conditions. That is when it feels like the cars are connected as they drive. When this happens, the air intake is stifled, making it harder to keep the car cool. To overcome this, manufacturer began moving the air intake higher where it has a better chance of taking air.


Timing is everything when it comes to racing, and that isn't restricted to acceleration. How accurate the driver can control the brakes is just as important as it could not only be the difference between creating the right moment to overtake but can also prevent collisions on the track. While regular motorists are familiar with the need to replace their brake pads, racing cars require addition attention in the form of keeping the brake fluid lines clean and bleeding the brakes often to remove any air. If you aren't sure which engine lubricant to use in your racing car or even your everyday family vehicle, speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582. With a range of high-quality AMSOIL engine lubricants and fluids in stock, Progressive Products has the right fluid for your next synthetic oil change.

Wheels and Tires

While the condition of any car's wheels and tires are important, in a racing car, even the smallest cracks or wear which would usually go unnoticed during a regular sedan inspection can cause serious safety concerns and lead to injury. When inspecting the tires and wheels of a racing car, consider the following:
  • Make sure the tires and wheels are dry
  • Ensure excellent lighting
  • Get right up and close during your inspection
  • Use your hands to feel out any issues with the tires
  • Don't neglect the inside of the tire rim

Check and Tighten

A general task motorists are definitely not used to is checking their car to ensure all screws and bolts are tight and secure. However, a racing car is built differently, with different materials, and operates under very different conditions to the everyday minivan. For this reason, racing car owners can benefit from regular general checks of the screws and bolts holding the racing car and its accessories together. Remember that vibrations from the race track can easily take advantage of even the loosest bolt, so be sure to check the car thoroughly.

General Fluids

Part of any good vehicle maintenance checklist is to check the range of fluids. And a racing car is certainly no exception.  However, similar to the tip about the tires above, a regular change of fluids every six months isn't going to cut it. The very nature of a racing engine will see noticeably higher fluid usage, including general engine lubricant, steering fluid, and brake fluid. Essentially the same fluids as your car, just a lot more of it.

Help Any Type of Car Perform at Its Best with a Synthetic Oil Change in Edmonds

Whether it's a racing car, a family sedan, or an off-roader, the level of performance that you will see depends on the quality of the products that you use during your regular maintenance. To ensure you are only using the best engine lubricants, speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 to find out which AMSOIL motor oil is best suited to your needs.

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