To help you extend the life of your vehicle, we’ve selected our finest expert advice, surprising tricks, and car care ideas. At first, car maintenance may appear intimidating, but start small and work your way up the car repair ladder.
Follow the package’s installation instructions. When you remove the old wiper blade, make sure you have a good grip on the wiper arm. If it gets away from you, it has the potential to fracture the windshield.
- During the break-in stage, be patient. You’ve just purchased your ideal car, and now you want to keep it in peak shape for as long as possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you drive it off the dealer’s lot.
- During the break-in period, typically the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km), keep your speed under 55 mph (88 kpm) or to the speed recommended by your car’s manufacturer.
- Avoid heavy loads on the drive train, such as towing trailers, and loading the roof rack or trunk with heavy construction materials.
- During start-up, do not race your car’s engine. This is an easy way to give your engine years of wear, especially if it’s chilly outdoors.
- When you first start driving, take it slowly. The engine and drive train are subjected to the most wear in the first 10 to 20 minutes of operation.
- Allowing the engine to idle in the driveway to warm up is not a good idea. Incomplete fuel combustion, soot deposits on cylinder walls, oil pollution, and eventually damaged components occur from the engine not operating at its max temperature.
- Shift to neutral at red lights to reduce the strain on your engine and automatic transmission. Otherwise, even while the car is stopped, the engine continues to work to propel it forward.
- When it’s really hot or very cold outside, avoid driving at fast speeds and accelerating quickly. This type of driving will necessitate more frequent repairs.
- With careful driving, you may extend the life of your tires. Stick to the posted speed limits. Fast starts, pauses, and turns should be avoided.
- Avoid potholes and other road hazards. When parking, avoid running over curbs or hitting the tire against the curb.