Top 8 Ways to Damage Your Car
You may not know it, but you’re killing your car. Since you’re probably not aware of your murderous path, we’d like to do what we can to end the abuse before it results in a hefty service bill and a whopping stress headache. Besides, who doesn’t want their car to run for several more years?
Stop doing these 8 things and your car will be much more likely to live a longer, healthier life:
1. Ignoring your fluids
You wouldn’t go several days without a drink of water, would you? Give your car the same respect and monitor its fluids regularly. You know, those fluids that keep your car running from sun up to sun down — such as the engine oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant. These are just as vital to your car as water is to you.
2. Ignoring maintenance
Along those same lines, ignoring the manufacturer-suggested maintenance schedule can really wreak havoc on your poor car. It’s the 6-month dental cleaning for cars. It may take a little money to maintain, but it can save money in the future by avoiding a painful root canal, or transmission replacement, down the road. It can be easy to forget, so we suggest checking your owner’s manual for the recommended maintenance schedule and then adding reminders into your phone so you don’t let your car go too long without a checkup.
3. Flying through potholes
It may be tempting to save time by speeding through the pothole instead of around or slowly over, but it’s important that you do so to avoid damage. Ignoring this warning could result in suspension, steering, or wheel damage.
4. Sliding into the curb
Winter ice can create all sorts of chaos. Sliding into a curb because of ice (or reckless driving due to your latest The Fast and the Furious binge) can seriously damage your car’s alignment and wheels.
5. Using your wiper blades on ice
We’re all guilty of this one, but it’s something that will destroy your wiper blades. Using your blades to chip away at ice can shred and bend the blades, which means you’re going to have to replace your blades more frequently, and you don’t want to do that, do you?
6. Not stopping to shift into drive
Going from reverse to drive without fully stopping your vehicle can do some serious damage to your transmission, and that’s one part of your car that you want to keep running well for as long as possible. Transmission replacements are costly, so taking those few precious seconds to fully stop before shifting will save you money in the long run.
7. Riding the brakes downhill
Keeping your foot on the brake all the way down a steep hill is an easy way to seriously damage to your brakes and wear them down long before they would normally need to be replaced. Instead, downshift and alternate between braking and letting your car slowly move down the hill.
8. Ignoring warning sounds
Your car is trying to talk to you. All those squeaks, screeches, rattles, and clunks are your car’s way of telling you something’s not right. Don’t ignore those sounds. Take the time to get your car properly inspected before the issue escalates.
Give your car the love it deserves and it will return the favor by lasting years longer than it normally would.