Yep, you are guilty of killing your car, if you are making these seven moves. A year or two ago, you bought yourself your dream ride and slowly your lovesome car turned itself into a boo-boo nightmare with frequent garage visits, hefty components bills and vehicle break downs.
The old saying if, you look after your car, your car will look after you certainly holds true. Car ownership is becoming more and more common with many households running one or more cars. Little knowledge will keep your relationship with your car running smoothly!
1. Neglecting your tires –Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Under-inflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance. With under inflated tires the handling becomes unpredictable at best. Braking is also significantly reduced.
2. Not allowing turbo to cool down – How many people with turbo driven engine drive it hard and then fail to allow the turbo to cool down properly? The turbo is spinning at between 100,000 rpm and 200,000 rpm and gets very hot, the moment you turn off the engine you starve it of fresh oil, unless your cars oil pump keeps running. The oil in the turbo gets fried and essentially leaves your turbo spinning with no lubrication. Your turbo will need replacing if this is your driving style.
3. Ignoring the check engine light – Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.
4. Failing to change fluids and filters – Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life. Changing the air filter regularly helps prolong engine life because the air filter is designed to trap damaging dirt and debris that can damage internal engine parts such as the cylinders and pistons. Engine damage can occur from particles as small as a grain of salt and result in costly repairs.
5. Not following a service schedule – Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.
6. Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
7. Being a severe driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.
We understand your car isn’t always a top priority. You might not realize you are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of your car. Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding unnecessary hiccups and protect your investment.