The Long Road Ahead: 5 Easy Ways You Can Prolong Your Car’s Life
July 8, 2015
Everyone wants their cars to last long. Of course, you need to take really good care of your vehicle in order for it to do so, constantly checking whether or not its exhaust systems and radiators are working, giving it a paint job, and what not. Here are a few tips on how you can prolong your hot ride’s life, just to get you started.
Switch Front and Rear Tires
Tires get blunted over time, especially the pair in front since it does the turning. The best way you can prolong their use without actually having to replace them is to switch the front tires with those at the rear (which is more or less intact). Now most car manufacturers would recommend that you rotate your car’s tires every 8,000 kilometers, but that all depends on how worn out your rubber tires are.
Listen To Your Car
Most people listen to music while driving, and they usually play it out really loud. But here’s the thing: with that entire ruckus going on inside your ride you’ll be deaf to all other sounds, particularly those your car actually makes. So do it a favour, and tone down the volume (if you don’t want to totally shut off your player, that is) so you can pay attention to any odd sounds your vehicle might be making. These noises indicate that something is wrong with your car. For example, hissing usually pertains to a leak while clunking might point out a loose exhaust system. In any case, should you hear anything strange while driving, better go to the nearest mechanic immediately!
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Sometimes people tend to be so busy that they forget about our car’s health. They go around driving in it for years without even checking how it’s doing until one day, it mysteriously breaks down in the middle of the highway and they’re left wondering what went wrong. To prevent this, you should regularly schedule your set of wheels for maintenance. That way, any problems would be dealt with before it causes any trouble. This shouldn’t cost you much. In fact, some car manufacturing companies offer free maintenance and checkups for the first three year after your purchase their vehicles.
Check the Fluids
You must remember that gasoline isn’t the only fluid that’s making your hot ride run. Others include the antifreeze, the brake fluid, the engine oil, the power steering fluid and the transmission fluid. Each of these has specific tasks to make sure your car is up and running, so better regularly check how much your car has left as well as whether or not it needs to be replaced.
Yes, we know how fun it is go all-out while behind the wheel, especially if the road is smooth and empty. Still, keep in mind that driving like those guys in Fast and Furious can strain your ride unless it’s well-equipped. So if you continue rolling like there’s no tomorrow, you end up damaging some of the component on your car and shortening its lifespan.
Your hot ride isn’t just a long-term investment; it’s also your baby. So take good care of it! That way, you get to enjoy it for many years on end!