Our cars are our most trusted steeds. It’s a bond like no other and many of us would sell our house before scrapping or trading our beautiful beasties.
If that sounds like you then there’s good news. Extending the life of your car is easy and completely cost-effective (your bank account will actually thank you). All it takes is a dash of proactivity, a dollop of enthusiasm and a splash of TLC.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled
Don’t ignore the flashing warning lights in front of your eyes. Dashboard lights, like the ones underneath, are there to tell you something.
The same is true of noise. Keep your ears open for metal scraping, brake squealing and any other strange sounds.
Change your oil
Oil is the lifeforce of your car. If your oil is old or the levels are low, you’ll notice it in your car’s performance as the engine works harder to cope with the added friction. You should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or every three to six months, whichever comes first.
It’s worth changing the oil filter at the same time as it’s counterproductive to run clean oil through a dirty filter.
Keep your tyres inflated
You should inflate your tyres within 5 PSI of the recommended pressure levels (check the inside of your doors for this info). Switching your tyres around is another great way to even out wear and tear, extending the life of the tyres.
Most importantly, check your tyres regularly. This. is. crucial!
Stick to the speed limit
We’re not asking you to drive like this:
But you don’t have to put pedal to the metal either. Rapid acceleration puts stress on your crankshaft, transmission, gears and more causing them to deteriorate faster. Keep James Bond safely where he belongs – in the cinema.
Keep your car clean and protected
Your fancy paintwork’s job is about more than making your car look fetching. Dust and dirt would wreak bedlam without that lovely shiny coating protecting it.
Regularly washing and waxing your car will keep your paint pristine. Cleaning the inside of your car will also give you the chance to pick out all the sandwich fillings and crumbs that has accumulated over many weeks and many passengers. You could always save yourself the hassle and visit an experienced car detailer 😉.
Flick through your owner’s manual
It doesn’t make for light reading. But every car has its individual quirks and needs, and your owner’s manual will tell you everything you need to know in that regard. Look for things like
- How to troubleshoot common problems
- What your individual warning lights mean
- What each gizmo and gadget does
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