Are You Killing Your Car?
Regular maintenance for your car is a germane routine that must be given ultimate attention. However, it is common among car owners to disregard car care and even many drivers do not completely understand how their vehicle function. Several actions affect the performance, safety and value of your vehicle and focusing on these activities will undoubtedly go a long way, avoiding repair bills, securing your life and saving your vehicle investment.
Below we’ll explain 6 things car owners do that harm both their car and their wallet:
Ignoring the Check Engine Light
Check engine light is a warning sign which when neglected could cause engine troubles, affect vehicle performance or even damage your engine, this warning could alert you to an engine issue such as a faulty ignition coil that is negatively impacting fuel consumption.
Failing to Change Fluids and Filters
The levels of engine oil required for the safe operation of an engine, as well as, the condition of the oil filter is important to ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly and paying close attention to these extend your car’s lifespan.
Neglecting Your Tires
Whether overinflated or underinflated, tires can raise efficiency and safety concerns for your car. You do not want the thread depth to wear down severely, as this can negatively impact gas consumption, mileage and reduce your control on the brake when you need it the most.
Not Following the Service Schedule
You do not regularly need to do a major servicing until about 15,000 miles or a year after your car purchase, apart from saving you unnecessary repair bills, a good reason to follow service schedule is that the written record of a car’s service history is important for buyers when evaluating your car’s depreciation in the event that you need to sell it in the future.
Keeping a Dirty Car
Washing your car to remove stains whether dust, chemicals or salts goes a long way than just keeping your paint job as fresh as ever but also to ensure clear visibility necessary for safe driving.
Being a Severe Driver
It can be difficult to limit severe driving conditions, for example outrageous climate, uneven or bumpy roads, substantial loads and periodic traffics, however you can limit the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle and improve fuel utilization by keeping up with your vehicle, watching speed limits, evading quick starts and stops, reducing superfluous load in the vehicle and inspecting certain components such as brakes and shocks more consistently.