Tips on Ways to Extend the Life of Your Car

  • Go through the car’s manual and schedule maintenance accordingly. This helps to avoid problems and ensure you get the full value of the manufacturer’s warranty where available.
  • Check the fluids. Make sure you check the level of your fluids (engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid,) very regularly.
  • Change the oil. This helps to improve your fuel mileage and protect your engine.
  • Change the air filter. This can be done at home with few or no tools. A dirty, dusty filter can slightly hamper fuel mileage and make your car accelerate poorly.
  • Flush these fluids every two years. The power steering fluid, brake fluid, and cooling system anti-freeze.
  • Monitor your brake pad thickness and don’t let the pads wear down to metal.
  • Rotate the tires. Changing tire position is very important and reduces uneven wear and tear on the tread, thus extending the life of the tires.
  • Keep the tires inflated.Under-inflated tires can reduce the tire life by 15% and will slightly decrease your fuel mileage, perhaps by 10%.
  • Make sure to keep the front end aligned. Alignment is needed when you notice your car shaking while driving at high speeds not while braking or if your tread is wearing unevenly.
  • Get your car off to a good start every time you drive it.Start the car and drive off slowly and gently until the car reaches operating temperature (known as closed loop). This reduces the strain on the engine while the oil is still cold and thicker
  • Use your parking brake. Use your parking brake regularly, especially if you’re parked on an incline, this helps keep the brakes adjusted in the rear of the car and makes them last longer.
  • Wash your car.Without regular cleaning, you can start to notice rust on the bottom of your doors within four years. Another three to four years and the corrosion will creep to under body components, like brake lines. It can cost tens of thousands in rust-related repairs if you neglect to wash your car properly.

 

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