When the urge to buy a new car comes, the feeling is irresistible. You get to the showroom determined to have nothing but the best there can be-according to the depth of your pockets. You cannot wait to have the maiden drive of the newly acquired! While this feeling is ecstatic, it can quickly fade if no proper care is taken to keep your car at the top of this game. Engine performance can rapidly decrease, the comfort once felt inside soon goes, and the driving experience changing from great to just comfortable to unbearable. However, there are ways to prevent this degradation on your car. Below, we look at some of these tips that will extend the life of your car, retaining it at peak condition.
Obeying the manual
The car manual is written by the manufacturer; the people who made this car. These are the people who understand its engineering the best. They know where frailties are, and where strengths are. Such important information as oil change schedules is contained in this manual, and is surely very important.
Take care of the battery
To start your car, you make the very first request to the battery. The battery needs to provide the critical spark that ignites the car. Therefore, it is essential that you extend its life by regularly cleaning its terminals to remove accumulated corroded material.
Keep the car clean
Keeping it clean may mean washing it, and or painting it. The former removes dirt and salts that accumulate on the surface thus accelerating the rusting process. Rusting is a leading agent of wear and tear. Painting, apart from keeping the car presentable, prevents rusting.
Avoid steep accelerations
It sounds great to show the power of your engine in the neighborhood, but you need to remember that this puts a lot of pressure on your engine, reducing its useful life. It also burns more gas in this state.
Park in the shade
Trivial as it appears, excessive exposure of the car to UV rays from the sun has profound effects. These include dashboard cracking, wearing the interior sets out, and reducing the lifeline of the battery by accelerating chemical reactions. If you cannot access the shade, remember to use a sunshield.
And the brake pads….
Remember to replace these immediately you realize they are worn out. This is not only good for your driving safety, it is a saving scheme as it prevents damage to the rotors which are expensive to replace.
Change the car oil regularly
It is recommended that this is done every 3000 to 5000 miles. As you change the oil, remember the oil filter too as this maintains a good health of the engine.
For the tires….
Keep the car tires properly inflated. If they are under-inflated, it means the engine will have to cough out more energy to move the car-thus less fuel efficiency. Also, proper rotation of the tires according to the manual minimizes chances of uneven wear thus extending their service time.
Adhering to these simple tips will guarantee you a long service time by your car. Try them!