How to Make Your Car Last for Many Years
One of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, aside from buying a house, is getting your own car. It really doesn’t matter if you’re getting a brand new sedan or a used vehicle. There are lots of things you can do to make your car running in good condition for many, many years:
Follow the Service Schedule
While it may sound too basic, the truth is that a lot of car owners tend to overlook the vehicle maintenance schedule as specified in the owner’s manual. If you have an older car, then you should be very particular with the maintenance schedule of your vehicle. Make sure that you won’t skimp on proper maintenance so that you won’t be sorry later on.
Check Tire Pressure and Fluid Levels Regularly
There’s really no excuse to check your tire pressure and fluid levels regularly because the task takes less than 10 minutes.
In checking the engine fluid, open the hood and pull out the oil stick. Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert it. Pull it out again to check the color and level of the engine oil, the most important engine fluid. You should also check the radiator overflow reservoir level, power steering fluid level, and brake cylinder reservoir.
With the tires cool, use a pressure gauge to determine whether each tire has the proper psi. These checks should be done once a while, although you would want tire pressure to be checked at least every other week.
Take Things Easy During Start Up
Don’t make it a habit to fire up your car and immediately floor it. An engine that has been sitting idle for more than five hours will have little or no oil left on its moving parts. But it will only take a few seconds for the oil pump to lubricate the engine.
Give the car’s engine 30 seconds before driving off. You must also give the engine more time if it has remained idle for more than 24 hours.
Make it a habit to listen for any odd noise both when your car is idle of speeding off. For instance, a clicking noise when the car is in motion can indicate that a nail was stuck in a tire. A loud, squealing sound when the car is in motion and the brake pedal is not depressed may be heard if your brake pads are worn out.
Simply put, take it easy on your vehicle when you are driving. Don’t drive it too hard. Go easy on the brakes. While the full throttle acceleration and panic stopping won’t hurt your engine, you would want to keep those instances very few and far in between to ensure that you car will last for years.
Take it easy on the gears, too. The car should be completely stopped before you shift into reverse. Stop before going back to a forward gear, too. This should lessen the stress on the car’s transmission components.
With these tips, you can reduce the likelihood of your car breaking down. Even if you have an extended car warranty insurance, you’d still want to avoid costly repairs, right?