Tips For Maintaining Your Car’s Health And Longevity
Dan Levenson May 10, 2021
Being car-siderate doesn’t have to alter your schedule or break the bank, being car-siderate simply means taking your car’s health into consideration, and making sure that it has its annual winter check-up is crucial. Respect your car and drive safely and your car will reward you with dependability and longevity.
Keeping Up With Maintenance Matters
Keeping up with your car maintenance is essential to your car’s health — and making sure you rotate the tires and have your oil changed every 5,000 miles etc. can be tedious. If your car is older, every day with no issues is like a jackpot win. Here are some things you can do to prolong the life of your car:
- During start-ups, stop racing the engine — Doing this adds years to your car’s engine, especially during the winter.
- When Pulling Off, Start Slowly — The initial 10-20 minutes after starting your car is when the most wear to the engine and drivetrain happens.
- No Need To Idle Warm the Engine — May cause the engine to operate below its peak temperature, which could result in inadequate fuel combustion, deposits of soot on the cylinder walls, contaminated oil, and finally, damage to the car’s components.
- Shift to Neutral At Red Lights — Relax your transmission and engine by shifting to neutral at red lights to lessen the strain on the engine.
- No Speeding or Quick Accelerations — Driving erratically can end in an accident as well as resulting in more trips to the repair shop. Careful driving can also extend your tire life.
- Be Mindful Of Your Steering When Turning — Be careful not to hold your steering wheel in the turning position, left or right, for more than a few seconds as you could damage your power steering pump.
- Combine your Errands — Instead of taking a short trip today and another tomorrow, consider running all of your errands on the same day when traffic is low. Doing this can eliminate some wear and tear on your engine.
Eight More Tips Every Car Owner Should Follow To Maximize Your Car’s Health
1. How’s Your Spare Tire? — Your spare tire is your backup plan, if you blow a tire, it is essential to make sure that your spare tire is inflated, keep an air pump in your trunk if you need to.
- Maintenance Tip: Test your tire air pressure of all tires including spare once a month.
2. Regular Oil Changes — Small oil problems can turn into expensive oil problems, so get your oil checked regularly to save money in the long run.
- Maintenance Tip: Change the oil every 5,000 miles or follow what is recommended by your car manufacturer.
3. Clean The Battery — Corrosion sometimes forms on the battery terminals which could cause the battery to malfunction or create a crack in the battery.
- Maintenance Tip: inspect your battery for corrosion and test it twice a year.
4. Brake Pad Replacement — If you hear a squeaking sound when pressing your brakes, it may be time to change them.
- Maintenance Tip: have your brake fluid checked at every oil change.
5. Don’t Forget To Change Your Air Filter — The air filter helps to keep pollutants out of the car, so be sure to have them checked regularly.
- Maintenance Tip: Filters should be replaced every 12,000 miles or 12 months.
6. Maintain Good Windshield Wipers — Don’t take chances with blurry smears if you find yourself in a heavy rainfall on your way home. Make sure your car is equipped with reputable, safe and good windshield wipers.
- Maintenance Tip: Check your windshield wipers at the change of each season and replace them when necessary.
7. Get Your Tires Rotated — Did you know that by having your tires rotated you can extend their lifespan?
- Maintenance Tip: Have all four tires rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
8. Springs, Shocks, and Struts Matter (suspension system) — These make up your suspension system, and if your shocks need to be replaced, you need to replace all four of them.
- Maintenance Tip: Check the full suspension system including shocks every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.
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