When owning a vehicle, it is one of the largest investments you will make. This is why it is important to keep it in the best condition possible. With proper maintenance inspections, you will notice if any parts or components are starting to fail. They can then be replaced in a timely manner. This will help reduce the chance of other issues or parts wearing in the future. If you notice something out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This way the part that is worn will not do addition damage to other parts in the vehicle. Going to regular maintenances can also help to increase the life of the vehicle. With a few tips, and changes in the way you drive, you can help prolong the vehicle.
Changing the Driving Habits when you Travel
Drivers who learn to drive smoothly can expect to see their vehicles last longer. Practice smooth application of the throttle and progressive application of the brakes. Any abrupt starts and stops will cause strain on the vehicle. This includes the entire driveline, from the transmission to the joints and suspension of the vehicle. The same is true for slamming on the brakes. If you slam on the brakes, you can be doing damage to the brake system of the vehicle and brake lines. Instead, try to anticipate stops and slow down before reaching the stop sign or stoplight.
Make Sure to Change the Oil
Modern engines are manufactured with incredibly tight tolerances and are designed to operate with very light oil that also improves fuel economy. The vehicle’s owners manual or a label on the oil-fill cap will indicate which engine oil to use. To keep your vehicle operating in the best condition, make sure to change the oil when it is recommended. If you are not sure of the schedule, contact us. We can recommend when the next oil change will be needed for your vehicle.
Be Aware of Any Issues with the Radiator
A blown coolant hose used to be an inconvenience. Today, a failure in the coolant system can destroy an engine. The close tolerances and aluminum construction of modern engines cannot easily withstand the rapid expansion caused by overheating. So have radiator and heater hoses checked often, and consider replacing them when necessary. It is also a good option to have the water pump replaced.
Warm Up the Vehicle Before Driving
In the winter, it is a good idea to let a cold engine warm up before driving away. This lets the oil in the engine and transmission get up to temperature. Just a couple minutes will do the trick. Any longer is a waste of gas. When it is really cold, reconsider any trip you do not really need to make. Starting is hard on the engine and battery, the grease in the bearings is stiff, and every seal and hose is contracted from the cold. Warming up the vehicle will help provide you comfort when you get in, as well as benefiting the vehicle.