Yes, you can do a lot of things to prolong the life of your car. Since your vehicle can be one of your most expensive belongings, it is but wise to take good care of it so it will stay in good shape for a long period of time. Here are some ways to make that possible:
1. Make sure you break-in your car properly and sufficiently.
During the first 1,000 miles or 1,600 km., you should keep your driving speed under 55 mph or 88 kph, or at the pace recommended by the maker of your vehicle. Avoid heavy loads or loading your trunk or roof rack with heavy materials.
2. Always drive with care.
Every time you start to drive, accelerate slowly. The most engine and drive train wear happens during the first 10-20 minutes of operation.
3. Get gas from reputable service stations.
Make sure the gas you get is filtered at the pump. Ask someone from the station if they have a policy regarding replacing pump filters regularly. If they do not have pump filters, you better drive to another station. Pump filters are important in order to sift and clean the gasoline that gets in your car engine. Look for a trustworthy gas station who mix fuel and alcohol properly and absolutely do not mix water in gasoline.
4. Park your car in shady areas.
As much as possible, whenever you park, look for a shady spot. This will protect the exterior of your car from the harmful UV rays and heat from the sun.
5. Maintain proper tire inflation.
If your tires are under-inflated majority of the time, you would most probably visit the tire salesman more frequently than needed. Under-inflation creates excessive stress and heat that may lead to tire failure. Get a tire pressure gauge so you can check on your tires every once a month. This device is helpful in keeping your tires inflated at the recommended level stated at your owner’s manual. To get accurate reading, check your tires when they are cold.
6. Lubricate your lug nuts.
If your lug nuts are not lubricated occasionally, they can freeze and seize to function because of corrosion. It can cost you a lot if you get them to the shop for repair. Make sure you have anti-seize lubricant.
7. Change your oil regularly.
Regularly changing oil will guarantee longer life for you engine. Even though owner’s manuals of modern cars recommend increasing the intervals between oil changes, the fact stays the same that frequent oil change flushes down dirt and steel particles out of your car engine which therefore extends its life. If you drive on “severe” conditions, it is recommended that you change oil more frequently compared when you drive on “normal” conditions. Also, make sure you use the most suitable engine lubricant. The one your car manufacturer recommends may not always be the best.