Once you buy your car, you want to keep their ride going as long as possible. While it might be impossible to keep your car running forever, you can greatly extend the life of your vehicle and at the same time get as many miles from it as you can. Here are simple, manageable assignments that will help you extend the life of your vehicle.
Rotate your tires
Changing tire positions reduces uneven wear and tear on the thread. It's important to get your tires rotated when your car goes in for servicing. Your car's manual will suggest a standard to follow depending on the drive train of the vehicle, and the type of tire.
Check fluids and tire pressure regularly
Here's is an assignment that will only take you ten minutes. All you need is a rag in hand and a dipstick to check the levels of your oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and brake fluid. All these fluids optimize your car's performance, and they sometimes require topping off by your local mechanic.
Tend to small repairs in a timely manner
Does your car have a slight hum when you turn the air conditioning on? Does it pull to one side? If left unattended, these little issues can turn into big problems, so take care of such small problems to ensure your car functions smoothly down the road.
Keep your car clean
In addition to being unsightly, dust and dirt accumulation can easily cause wear to your car. Make sure you frequently wash and wax your car to keep the paint job in good condition. Use washing products meant for vehicle cleaning to keep the interior of your car in top notch condition. This will help prevent issues such as scratched dashes and cracked leather in the future.
Change oil regularly
Regular oil changes improve your gas mileage and ensure proper operation of your engine. Also, change your oil filter along with your oil change. Your owner's manual will have recommended a regular schedule for oil change – usually 5000 - 8000 kilometers or every 3 to 6 months.
Owning a car is exciting. You want to drive around now and then to enjoy your new ride. However, avoid being the next racing star. High speeds, sharp corners, and abrupt stops and starts don't favor your car. Drive responsibly to avoid putting excessive stress on all your car's parts.