Everyone wants to keep their car in tip top shape. They take it to get washed and detailed, go in for repairs, and get the oil changed. However, there are some things that people do that actually may kill their car, or kill it well before its time. These habits will eventually wreak havoc on your car, find out how to avoid these habits.
People who have a habit of ignoring or forget when their oil change is due are hurting their car the longer they go without changing their oil. Changing your oil when you are supposed to will help keep your car running and in good shape. Depending on what type of car you have, you will use different types of oil. Most oil needs to be changed about every 5,000 miles, but some synthetic oils don’t need to be changed till about 10,000 miles. If you don’t get your oil changed regularly, you are shortening the life of your engine.
Pay attention to your gas level. You should never top off your tank when filling up. Most gas stations have a ventilation system that helps prevent gasoline vapors from escaping into the air. By topping off your tank, you may trick the system and cause harmful vapors to leak out into the air. Gasoline vapors are very harmful and toxic while in the air. Also, you need to allow the gas in the gas tank room to expand. If you top off your tank, when the gas expands, it may evaporate and seep into your car’s vapor collection system. This will make you car run poorly and cause bad gas mileage. On the other hand, you also shouldn’t dry out your fuel tank. People try to wait till their gas gauge is on empty to fill up or don’t want to mix new and old gas. Doing this may cause your car to not only pump the new gas you just put in, but also oxygen, deposits, and moisture which can over heat the tank’s fuel pump.
Shifting your gears without actually breaking can be very hazardous to your car. For automatic cars, some people shift from reverse to drive or vice versa without coming to a complete stop. This can kill a cars transmission because of how you are reversing the flow of the fluid in the car. When you do this, the flow reverses while it is still under pressure. Simple solution, help your car out by coming to a complete stop before changing gears. If you like to drive with your hand on the gear shift, you can cause permanent damage to the gears. By placing your hand on the gear shift, you create pressure on the gear selector and gear box. If you keep doing this, eventually, you will damage the gear box causing crunching and grinding noises when shifting. Along with both of these, if you have a standard car with a clutch, you should not keep your foot on the clutch at all times. Like when you put your hand on the gear shift, putting your foot on the clutch causes just enough pressure that it can cause damage. It may be tempting to keep the clutch down while in traffic or at a light, but this will eventually lead to unnecessary wear and tear.
These are just a few habits that can damage your car. If you find that you are guilty of any of these things, do your car a favor and make a conscious effort to stop. Keeping your car in good shape by changing the oil regularly, checking the tire pressure, and even keeping it clean can help your car going and not kill it before its time. If you experience a break down on the side of the road, think about what you may have done to cause this. Call your insurance company to find out what is covered under your insurance if your car does break down. Take care of your car so it can take care of you.