On the Long Road: The Little Things That Will Make Your Car Last

Posted by Ben Davidson about 2 months ago

It's never cheap to keep your dream car on the road. Running it comes with numerous expenses, and there are so many tiny components to be aware of. And it's these little things that will make a big difference. Over time there will be little problems with our vehicle that will snowball into bigger problems. And while there are those individuals who have been driving the same car for decades and have 400,000 miles on them, the reason they are still up and running is because they paid attention to the small details. Here are little things that you can do to keep your car on the long road.



Keep Every Fluid Topped Up

It's so easy to fit the engine oil is the only fluid that we need to top up. But there are so many that are integral to the overall operation of the vehicle. Yes, there's windscreen washer fluid and brake fluid, as well as water, but we can run the risk of keeping them below the recommended levels. You might be the individual that lets the fluids in your car run to a low level before topping them up, but this is a massive mistake. The great thing is that topping up most of these fluids comes as part of a standard logbook service, and is something you can do every year to make sure that your vehicle is running safely, not just for the next year, but forever.



Change the Air Filter

Seriously, when was the last time you changed your air filter? If you haven't, this can be quite problematic. It's recommended that the air filter changes every 12,000 miles or once a year. It is a very cheap thing to do and it takes less than 10 minutes. If you drive around with a clogged and dirty air filter, this will result in lower gas mileage or, in the worst-case scenario, the engine shutting down. Getting a filter for $10 and spending 10 minutes changing, this will make your car go a long way. 



Check the Battery Connection

It's not a case of the battery being connected or not connected, the connection can become loose over time; this can be due to gunk on the connector cables or corrosion. The weaker your battery gets, the harder it is for your vehicle to start and for the engine to keep its power. Checking the battery connection on a regular basis is straightforward. Disconnect the battery cables and then clean around the connectors. You can either use water or coca-cola is a very useful liquid for removing rust. Reattach the connector cables, and make sure they are firm. Doing this every 6 months will guarantee your battery is in good shape.



Do You Use the Parking Brake?

Another very simple thing but whenever the vehicle is stopped, especially at traffic lights, pull up the parking brake. Sometimes known as the emergency brake, you might think that you only need to pull on this in a dire emergency. Make sure it is engaged whenever the vehicle is stopped and this will keep the vehicle's transmission in place which helps the engine. Over time, not using the parking brake causes additional stress on the transmission and additional wear and tear.



Park Your Vehicle in the Garage

It's easier to park your car on the driveway for easy access. But parking in a garage all year round is the best plan of action. You will save the body from exposure to the elements, but it will also help your engine. During extreme cold and heat, this can cause issues to the engine over time. Reducing the stress on the engine when starting the vehicle will give it less time to warm up, especially in cold winter weather. And on the topic of winter, make sure that getting your car washed in the winter is a great way to remove any salt stains and prevent rust, as well as any dirt that is accumulated underneath the vehicle. You don't need an expensive car wash to do this. A basic wash is more than enough to extend the life of the vehicle, especially if you're driving round in harsh winter conditions. 



These are all simple things, but when it comes to the busy lives that we lead we seldom have time to maintain the upkeep. The best thing that we can do is get into these habits. Start these habits now, your car will go a long way and will keep you happier for much longer.


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