Simple and easy car care tips

For most of us, buying a car is an important and significant life decision. Cars are great companions but they require a little bit of care to keep them running longer and safer. Here are ten ways you can extend the life of your car.

Care For Your Car Whenever You Drive It

  • Make sure you allow the car's engine to warm up before racing it down the street.
  • Don't let your car idle to warm up as it can only result in incomplete fuel combustion.
  • Shift to neutral at red lights and give your engine and transmission a break.

Choose Your Fuel Wisely

  • Dirty petrol and diesel can limit the life of your car engine. Avoid stations that don't use filters.
  • It is also very important that you avoid fuelling your car immediately after the station pump has been filled; the el is all swirled up and that allows sediments to get to your injectors.

Keep Your Keychain Light

  • It may seem like a light load but in fact the extra keys attached to your car key put a heavy load on your ignition.
  • Given the bouncing of the keychain, the strain adds to the wear of the tumblers inside the ignition leading to failure in the end.

Take Care of Your Floor Mats

  • Used cars or new cars, they all have floor mats. No matter the type of mats you are using, you need to clean them regularly as they protect your car carpeting from water, mud, and dirt.

Care For Your Door and Window Seals

  • Protect your window and door seals using a rubber protective coating.
  • Use specially designed rubber cleaners when you clean them.
  • Repair or replace seals when they start letting water leak inside the car.

Protect Your Washer Fluid System

  • Don't use water instead of washer fluid as it will not clean your windshield properly.
  • Don't run the windshield washer system when it is empty as it will damage the pump.
  • Never use water for the washer system in winter as it will freeze and damage the system.

Protect Your Car When Carrying Loads

  • Make sure you respect the roof load specifications on your car.
  • Make sure you know the weight limit of your car so that you don't overload.
  • Use appropriate racks to store luggage or goods on your car's roof and inside the cargo compartment.

Keep Your Car Clean During Winter

  • The salt, dirt, slush, sand, and ice that are so common during winter times make your car rust.
  • Clean difficult-to-reach areas of the car where dirt can cause the most damage.

Take Care of Your Tires

  • Keep your tires properly inflated according to the specifications.
  • Check the caps on your tire valves to make sure you don't get a flat tire overnight.
  • Uneven wear of your tires may be a sign of poor wheel alignment.
  • Make sure there is no moisture trapped inside the tires that can corrode rims and also cause pressure variations.

Make Sure You Have All Your Hubcaps

  • Check that your hubcaps are not loosened.
  • Replace damaged hubcaps on time before they get lost.
  • Remove expensive hubcaps before taking the car to repair shop to make sure they are not damaged.

These are all simple ways that can extend the life of a car, especially in the case of used cars. Any car owner should be aware that a car is reliable as long as it is taken care of. A car can run for many years without any issues, if you incorporate these easy tips into your long term car maintenance strategy.