Nine Tips That Can Help Make Your Car Last Longer

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Being considerate towards your car is something that shouldn’t stop after you stop driving. Drive with care every day and your car will reward you with longer intervals without repair.

Don’t Race Your Car Engine When You Start It
Do not race your car’s engine during start-up. This habit is quite common but the fact is doing so is a quick way to add years of wear to your engine, especially if it’s cold outside.

Accelerate Slowly When You Begin Your Drive
The most wear to the engine and drive train occurs in the first 10 to 20 minutes of operation. Warming the engine by letting it idle in the driveway is not a smart idea. The engine doesn’t operate at its peak temperature, resulting in incomplete fuel combustion, soot deposits on cylinder walls, oil contamination, and ultimately damaged components.

Shift To Neutral At Red Lights
One smart way to put less strain on your engine and automatic transmission is by shifting to neutral at red lights. Otherwise, the engine is still working to push the car even while it’s stopped.

Avoid Short Distances
Most of the wear and tear—as well as the pollution your car generates—takes place in the first few minutes of driving. Doing several errands at once, during low traffic hours if possible, will keep your engine happier longer.

Buy Fuel From Reputable Service Stations
Ask whether the fuel you buy is filtered at the pump and if the station has a policy about changing the pump filters regularly. Some stations don’t have pump filters, making you more vulnerable to dirty gasoline.

Other stations may not mix alcohol and fuel properly—or worse, water down their product. Look for a fuel station you trust and stick to it.

Reduce The Load On Your keychain
Does your car key share a chain with a dozen or more other keys? That’s a pretty heavy load hanging off the car key when it’s in the ignition. The weight, combined with bouncing while you drive, can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure.

To add years of service to your ignition switch, purchase a lightweight keychain that allows you to separate your ignition key from the others. Drive with only the ignition key in your ignition. If your ignition key “sticks” when you try to turn on the car, it’s a warning that your ignition switch is about to fail. Replace it before you get stranded.

Accelerate Cautiously
Avoid driving at high speeds and accelerating quickly, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. Such driving behaviour will result in more frequent repairs.

Life Of Your Tyres
Extend the life of your tyres with careful driving. Observe posted speed limits. Avoid fast starts, stops, and turns. Avoid potholes and objects on the road. Don’t run over curbs or hit the tyre against the curb when parking. And, of course, don’t burn rubber.

Don’t Hold The Steering Wheel In Extreme Positions
When turning your steering wheel, don’t hold it in an extreme right or left position for more than a few seconds. Doing so can damage the power-steering pump.

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