Buying a brand new car every time something goes wrong is tempting, but not exactly the most practical idea. So you need to know how to make your car last as long as possible. Taking measures to lengthen your car’s lifespan can save money, as well as spare you the inconvenience of replacing your vehicle before you’re ready.
Change your oil
It might seem like a simple thing, but motor oil is responsible for keeping your engine’s internal parts lubricated and running smoothly. Over time the oil becomes dirty and gritty, which causes wear and tear to the delicate components in your engine. Check it frequently, and when it starts to get dark, dirty, or old, change out the oil and its filter. Don’t forget to check your owner’s manual before replacing the oil — like gasoline and diesel, some cars require synthetic rather than natural motor oil and vice versa.
Fix repairs sooner rather than later
That minor noise you hear when you turn the wheel? The gearshift sticks going into third gear? You should get that checked out. Whether you’ve noticed grinding, whirring, whistling, sticking, or rattling, it merits the attention of a knowledgeable mechanic. A broken part makes driving dangerous and causes additional wear and tear on other parts that work with it. It might seem like a hassle to take your car to the shop, but spending a couple hundred now could save you thousands a few months down the road. Some malfunctions, like a broken headlight, can even get you pulled over.
Top up other fluids
Oil isn’t the only fluid that needs to be checked and replaced. Don’t forget that your car also needs transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant and brake fluid for everything to function properly. You may need to top them off every now and then. Make it a point to check them at least monthly or if you experience any unusual noises or behaviors from your vehicle.
Don’t drive your car like you’re on a racetrack. Going extremely fast, braking hard, and taking corners sharp all create excess wear and tear on your car because you’re putting a lot of stress on its parts. You also risk careless driving criminal charges if you get pulled over or cause an accident. Drive the speed limit, coast when you can, and brake gently to keep your car in good shape and keep yourself, passengers, and other drivers safer.
Don’t overlook the tires
Your tire pressure should be checked regularly and tires themselves should be rotated twice a year. This allows them to create an even tread pattern and wear as opposed to one wearing out completely before the others.
Don’t let your car fail you when you need it most. Take care of it and perform proper maintenance on a regular basis to keep it for as long as you desire.