For many people their car is their lifeline. It’s the way they get from A to B, whether for work or enjoyment. It is also one of the first major purchases someone is likely to make. A car reflects independence, your personality and is often a person’s prized or most valuable possession. We can’t help but want to modify our cars to fit our style. We want people to know who we are simply by us driving by. To keep your sweet ride long lasting, there are a few things you should probably never do to your car.
1) Rev your engine to warm it on cold days
New studies and advice from car manufacturers say that you should not rev your engine to warm your car on cold days. And now, for the big shock, you shouldn’t even let your car warm for that 5-10 minutes you normally do. The myth of warming your car started in the days of carburetors which did need some warming. With new gasoline vehicles most manufacturers recommend starting your vehicle and driving it slowly, which will warm your vehicle faster anyway. This occurs because most of the parts, outside of your engine, will not warm up very well even if you were to let your car idle for a while. They will only warm up as you are driving. You can allow your car to run for a couple minutes if it’s too cold for you out, but otherwise you should just get moving. If it’s very cold out, take your time, and drive “softly” so your car has time to warm which will help prevent the extra wear and tear revving your engine while idle would cause.
2) Continue driving your car when it’s overheating
It’s less likely now for cars to overheat than say it was 20 years ago, however if it is a hot day and you are stuck in traffic going up a steep hill, it’s possible. Another common occurrence is not having enough engine coolant in your car, commonly due to leakage. Regardless of why your car is overheating, by continuing to drive your car you are potentially causing all sorts of damage to your engine that you don’t want to deal with. It not only becomes a safety issue, but can also hurt you financially.
1. The first thing to do if your car begins to overheat is to turn off your AC and open the windows. Any load decrease for your engine will help.
2. Next, by turning on the heater you can divert the heat from your engine into your car.
3. Try to get to the side of the road as soon as you can to contact a service shop and have your vehicle looked at.
If you find yourself in stop and go traffic shift into neutral or idle and rev your engine and try not to ride you brakes.
3) Go More than 3 months without oil change or 6 months for synthetic oil
Picture this….sitting at a stop light, pressing on the gas and the car not moving. The music is on, the lights are on, and except for the lack of rpm’s the car seems fine. What happened? The car locked up and it was due to not getting an oil change in who knows how long. At that point the cost to repair the damage was way more than the value of the car. The oil in your car lubricates those thousands of components in your vehicle, allowing it to run smoothly and efficiently. What happens is that when all those parts are moving around, they collect debris, which is reprocessed through the system, causing your oil to thicken and eventually causing your car to not run as efficiently, as well as overheat numerous components. Not changing your oil will result in a slew of problems for your engine, from warped parts, an overheating engine and eventually an engine that no longer works.