It’s easy to forget about car care. If you’ve got a full plate and little time to spare, it’s easy to forget about that your car won’t run forever. Here are some ways you might be killing yours and not know it:
Overlooking the “Check Engine” Light
That’s a sign that there’s something wrong about your engine. It can be minor issues but could also every well point to major ones in your system. Why take the chance? Have it checked it out by bringing your car to a reliable auto repair facility.
Delaying Maintenance Checks
Maintenance checks keep your car in top form and road-ready condition. If you don’t want to run into problems when you’re out, stick to your ride’s maintenance schedule. That way, your technicians will catch minor problems and resolve them before they turn into bigger problems for you and your wallet.
Avoiding Regular Tire Changes
Like your brake pads, your tires will naturally wear out over time. Make sure to check for signs of wear – especially uneven tread. That could be signs of serious alignment problems – creating issues that you’ll want to have your technicians resolve as soon as possible.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Solutions
Don’t DIY a solution unless you have the right credentials, proper tools, gear, kit and knowledge. If all you have is a YouTube tutorial to guide you through and hardly any knowledge or skills, it is best to bring your car to an auto repair shop instead.
Lack of Cleaning the Vehicle
Buildup of dirt and debris can damage your car’s paint job. It also makes your ride more prone to rust. If structural rust develops, that’s going to toast your ride for good. Don’t let that happen.
If you’re a daredevil on wheels, you’re going to drive your car to the ground that much sooner, says BuzzFeed. If you want to keep your car working a lot longer, drive with care and caution instead.
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