Ever wonder how you can keep your car in tip top condition as long as possible? There are surprisingly many things you can do (or not do in this case)
1. Frequent Use of Brakes on a Down Hill
You might think that the sensible thing to do when driving down a hill may be to keep a constant, safe speed. Right? While the answer in it of itself is not problematic, using the brakes to keep your ride from roller coaster-ing down the slope is a sure way to wear out your brake pads. Best thing to do is to alternate between braking and letting your car cruise for a bit.
2. Not Changing the Oil
We’re all guilty of it, for one reason or another we tend to neglect getting that oil change every three months or after every 3,000 miles. The engine oil is what lubricates the internal parts of your motor allowing for smooth operation of the car. Overtime, the oil accumulates various sediments that can damage the engine. It is recommended that you change your oil regularly to assure that your engine lasts as long as you drive your vehicle.
3. Not Using the Parking Brake
Though it seems inconsequential, not using your parking brake can place unnecessary stress on your transmission. This is because when parked without a parking brake, the transmission component called parking pawl is the only device that is keeping the vehicle from moving. This is more apparent when you park your car on an incline but also the case with most roads which are not flat.
4. Letting Your Gas Tank Reach “E”
While most cars can be driven for quite a few miles (approximately 50 miles more) at the point your gas tank reads at that “Empty” sign, it is best to fill your gas before you even have to worry about filling your tank before your car comes to a complete halt. This is because fuel pump which is cooled by the fuel, begins to deteriorate much quicker due to the heat from lack of gas going through the pump.
5. Shifting Gears Before Coming To A Complete Halt
The gears in your transmission gets worn out when you change from reverse to drive without coming to a complete halt. Drive shafts, which are devices that allow for you to distribute power to the wheels can suffer from poor performance as well. To avoid worn out transmission take time to properly change gears especially when going from reverse to drive or vice versa.