Things you should, or shouldn’t be doing to your car!
Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your vehicle.
But there are things you can do, or not do, that can help keep your car in top shape and help you avoid those hefty repair bills.
We asked the team at the non-profit Car Care Council for their advice and they came back with their list of the six ways you could be killing your car:
Ignoring the check engine light
Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs.
At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.
Failing to change fluids and filters
Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components.
Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life.
Neglecting your tyres
Your vehicle’s tyres should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth.
Underinflated tyres can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, fuel economy and performance.
Not following a service schedule
Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally.
Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.
Keeping a dirty car
Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to build-up of damaging chemicals and dirt.
It also increases the potential for rust and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
Being a severe driver
Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions.
However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.