People normally have mixed feelings about car maintenance. While some look forward to the idea of going the do-it-yourself route in terms of tweaking bits and pieces of their vehicle, others solely rely on professionals who have the proper knowledge and experience to accomplish this task.
Regardless, the main focus should be on the importance of religiously taking care of your precious vehicle. If your body is a temple, then you can think of your car as your chariot, a convenient carriage that can bring you from point A to point B in no time.
In this article, however, we’ll shed a spotlight on practical tips that can make your vehicle last longer. We’ve interviewed several experts in the field of automotive and asked them to share easy suggestions on how to do so. Here are their thoughts:
1. Regularly Check Your Tire Pressure
It’s important to note that tires aren’t really airtight. They gradually leak and need to be filled up to the recommended air pressure every month. If the tires are under-inflated, a significant area of its surface is in contact with the road as it rotates. This wears the tire out more quickly and creates heat within the tire which—in the worst-case scenario—can cause it to delaminate.
When the air pressure is too low, more noise is created, as it’s deformed under the weight of the vehicle. Also, the rolling resistance is increased (which means worse fuel economy) and your handling suffers as the tire’s sidewall flexes more during cornering. If you think this is onerous for a car driver, truck drivers can have up to 38 wheels to check.
– Darren Cottingham, General Manager, DT Driver Training
2. Look Out for Leaks
Maintaining a vehicle may sound like a hefty affair—yet in the long run, it prevents putting your bank account in jeopardy. Ignoring the leaks, for example, is a big red flag, as engine, transmission, brakes, steering, fuel, and cooling systems will deteriorate and fail over time.
It’s a domino effect that will rip your wallet apart. Something less well-known is that continuously driving with tires that aren’t well inflated may also damage your suspension. Another expensive outing.
In the long run, investing in current maintenance saves from future more costly expenses. While everyone of course knows about the air filters, I personally recommend also paying attention to pressure washing. Cleanliness may be a virtue, but modern car engines, with all their glory of fancy features, can be dislodged by jets of high-pressure water. Another not very well-known tip is taking the habit of operating a car on no less than 25% of a tank, extending the life of the fuel pump.
– Pawena Kaniah, Online Community Manager, Budget Direct Insurance
3. Schedule Oil Change Consistently
The best way to help your car last longer is to get regular oil changes. This will help keep the motor running smoothly for a longer period of time. Over time fluids break down and don’t offer the same protection to your engine. Cars are made up of many moving parts, so you want to get your car inspected at every oil change. Finding car issues early can help fix problems before they become big issues.
– Deborah Wright, Author, The Auto Girl
4. Have it Maintained on a Regular Basis
Regular maintenance is one of the easiest ways to keep your car in premium condition. Keep a notebook or use your owner’s guide to keep track of when you last topped up on oil, changed your filters, or had other minor services performed on your vehicle. Though many modern vehicles have warning lights on the dashboard, keeping ahead of schedule — or having a schedule to begin with — can help improve the longevity and reliability of your automobile.
– Ramon Russe, Director, Enjuku Racing
We can’t stress this enough: religiously checking your vehicles is—and will always be—of utmost importance. From the inside to the outside, every part of your car should be looked after in the most precise and most efficient way possible.
Come to think of it, in the early days of automobiles, it was somewhat of a phenomenon to see a vehicle’s odometer reach the 100,000-mile mark and still be on the road. Today, it’s not even unusual for these cars’ mileage to breach past the 300,000 or perhaps the 500,000 mark.
This isn’t surprising at all, considering how we’ve become more and more conscious of our vehicles’ overall health. Yes, it still involves significant technical expertise to maintain a car, but at the end of it all, with the help of practical tips—like these aforementioned ones—we can do our part in preserving the condition of our automobiles.
So, if you have other tips, tricks, or hacks with regard to car maintenance, please feel free to comment down below.