5 Brilliant Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer
Aside from basic vehicle maintenance such as oil checks and tire turning, people are ignoring other thorough vehicle maintenance tips such as proper use of hand brakes, regular vehicle alignment checks, and using an appropriate keychain until it’s too late. This can have a negative impact on the life of your car. Proper maintenance of the vehicle is critical to the durability of your vehicle.
1. Do not put your hand on the gear lever.
People often put their hands on the gear stick. Even if people see this as normal, it is not. If you put your hand on the gear lever, the components of the transmission will wear out prematurely, especially in manual vehicles.
2. Make the first oil change after 50 to 100 miles.
It is imperative that you change your car’s engine oil after the first 50 to 100 miles, especially if it is a brand new car. This extends the life of the car. However, if you have been driving the car for a long time, you should change the oil regularly every 5,000 miles or after the recommended break-in period.
3. Don’t hold your car too long without driving it.
Leaving your car for a long period of time without driving it can destroy your car’s battery and mis-shape your tires. If you keep the car idling for a long time, always keep it in a good place indoors, wash it frequently to keep the paint in good condition, overfill your tires to keep them in the right shape and connect the battery to a trickle charger to keep it alive.
4. Lighten your keychain.
Sharing your keychain with many other keys can be a very heavy burden on your car, especially when it is in the ignition. Such a weight can have a negative effect on the cups in the ignition when driving and hopping, which in turn leads to an ignition failure. It is important that you use a light keychain to make your car’s ignition last longer.
5. Monitor your tank fill and mileage with your phone.
You can use a car maintenance app on your phone or a pad and pen that are always kept in the glove box to keep track of your mileage and fuel fill. Why? It is very important that you record your tank fill and mileage accurately. This way you know whether your fuel consumption is deteriorating or not. And if it gets worse, it is important that you report the problem to your service representative.