Monday, February 4, 2013

Five Tips that Will Extend the Life of Your Car

Auto repair is one of the costliest expenses. In the past year alone, body shops grossed $36 billion in revenue. Don't neglect your car until it breaks down. Here are five tips that will help extend its life. 

1. Get Those Oil Changes

Change your car's oil every 3,000-5,000 miles or every 3-6 months. This helps keep the engine running longer and prevent impurities from building up in the system. It might feel time-consuming and a pain to schedule an appointment, but it's much better than having to deal with other problems under the hood later. Don't forget to rotate those tires at every other oil change (every 6,000 miles) to keep the tread even.

2. Follow Your Car Manufacturer's Maintenance Schedule

The manufacturer didn't put that list in the instruction manual just to inconvenience you. Keeping up with your car's maintenance ensures that its parts are in working order. If the car does break down, you can show that you complied with the instructions and fall under the manufacturer's warranty.

3. Don't Let Tires Ride Low

Riding on under-inflated tires can reduce tread wear by 15% and will cause you to burn extra gas. They can also cause a blowout, putting you at serious risk of injury. Buy a tire gauge from the dollar store and check the pressure every other time you fill up at the pump. It takes seconds to do, and if the tires need inflating, air is free or next to nothing at most gas stations. Remember to inspect the treads for wear, too. 

4. Cars Are Meant to Go the Distance

Cars run better when they have longer trips versus shorter drips. A quick drive up to the corner deli can wear out a muffler and not give the car's system enough time to evaporate condensation that has accumulated while it remained dormant. Try to only use your car for longer distances. This allows the system to flush out extra water. With that being said, be careful not to let your vehicle stay parked in the garage for longer than a week. Driving keeps fluids at optimum level.

5. Start Off Slow

Motor oil needs time to warm up after the car has started. Gunning with cold oil can strain the engine. 
Every little penny counts these days. Take care of your car, and it will get you where you need to go for the rest of its extended life.

Author Bio
Lyndsi Decker is a freelance writer. At the moment she is promoting cheap tires with Tire Team. When she isn’t blogging she can be found traveling with her husband and two kids.

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