We all love our cars. Our vehicles are how we get to work, how we take our kids to school, and how we keep our connection to the outside world. Other than our homes, our cars are the biggest purchase we make and we pay for them for a long time, so why do we treat them so bad sometimes?
When our cars roll off the assembly line they are finely tuned machines. Like any machine though, they require regular maintenance to stay in peak performing condition. This is where regularly scheduled maintenance becomes important. Here are 5 things that everyday drivers do that are ruining their cars.
Putting off Scheduled Maintenance
There’s a good reason why its recommended to change your oil every 3 to 5 thousand miles, or to change your belts every 60 to 100 thousand miles. Experts have tested these products and have determined that the everyday wear and tear could cause big problems.
Waiting too long to change your oil
Newer synthetic oils are made to last longer than old-school traditional oils. Your car’s engine and transmission are made of metal, and your engine can heat up to over 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil keeps all the parts lubricated and moving freely, and reduces friction on the moving parts extending the life of your car
Not checking your tire pressure
Without your tires, your car won’t move. If your tires are not properly inflated it can cause a variety of serious problems. Your tires can wear unevenly which can make you hydroplane on wet roads or can even cause blowouts.
Neglecting Your Fluids
Your car is a collection of systems that all work together to keep you running smooth. Each of these systems like your transmission, your brakes, and your cooling system needs its own kinds of fluids to either cool down your engine, provide lubrication to moving parts, or add hydraulic power to help you stop. Make sure these are all full and change them on schedule.
Having Unqualified Shops Service your Vehicle
While cars all operate the same way, not all cars are the same or need the same level of service. Especially if you own a high-end vehicle, not every mechanic is qualified to work on every car. Some may even try to save costs by using generic aftermarket parts instead of Original Equipment Manufacturer parts which are not as good in all cases. Make sure that your mechanic is qualified to work on your car before taking it in for service. If you drive an Alfa Romeo, then you should be calling the friendly pros at Alfa Romeo of Larchmont for the quality expert service your car needs.