Having your own vehicle can be a blessing or a nightmare. It all depends on how you look after it. There are a few things that are a must in car maintenance such as changing your car tires after every 6 years, the engine oil filter every few months, the gearbox oil after every 60,000 miles, and the list goes on.
There are just a few things that you should not neglect without destroying your car. This is why when you take your vehicle to a mechanic for repairs, he tells you about the additional problems you might face. As usual, you ignore them till the last minute, and by then, it’s too late to save your car. Ultimately, you end up paying a lot of cash for repairs.
Here’s a look at some of the ways you are slowly but surely destroying your car.
1. Ignoring the Engine Light Sign
Remember that episode in Big Bang Theory when Penny is taking Amy and Sheldon on a date? Amy points out to Penny that her “engine light” is on and Sheldon says that she never takes care of it. Later in the season, Penny is driving with Sheldon in the passenger seat, and that’s when the vehicle breaks down.
Well, you get the idea. Ignoring the engine light sign can result in costly repairs. You probably might not notice at first, but the blinking engine light affects your fuel economy. So not only will you end up bearing high fuel costs, but you may also have to pay heavily for engine repair.
2. Not Changing the Filters and Fluids
A car has six essential fluids that should be checked regularly. These include engine oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, AC coolant, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Filters often catch dirt and debris during rain and windstorms. These can affect the quality of the fluids and cause damage to your car.
3. Destroying your Car by Not Inspecting the Tires
As we mentioned in the article titled “Car Tire Maintenance 101 – Things You Know to Keep Your Tires from Blowing Out,” it’s essential to check the tires’ psi, rotate them, and inspect them for cuts regularly. Make sure the tread depth and inflation are in order because a problem with the tires can negatively impact the gas mileage, safety, and performance.
4. Not Doing Things According to the Service Schedule
Every car has different requirements. An old and used car might need a more thorough inspection, whereas a new model will only need a surface inspection. Vehicle parts wear out with time, and if they are still used past their prime, the car won’t perform at an optimum level.
5. Not Taking the Car for a Carwash
A carwash is more than just your car being cleaned with water and soap. The vehicle is buffed, the interior is vacuumed and aired, and about a dozen other things are done. The reason why you should get this cleanup done at least once in every 2 or 3 months is that it will prevent rust from damaging the car parts. Moreover, road salt creates perforations in the metal, which can make matters worse.
So there you have it – five ways your neglect is destroying your car. Now, do you understand the importance of a service schedule? The word to remember here is “routine maintenance,” and your vehicle will run just fine for years.