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Six Ways You Could be Killing Your Car

Six Ways You Could be Killing Your Car

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.

Got any other car maintenance tips you would like to share with us? Send us an email via feedback@behindthewheel.com.au or use the Contact page.

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About Kate Richards 1678 Articles
Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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