8 MORE Tips to Keep Your Car in Top Shape

This month we have been sharing tips to help keep your car in top-performing condition (see here).  We have shared tips for helping your car endure the winter season, maintaining your car engine and battery, and choosing the right motor oil.  Here are some extra tips that will help you keep your car healthy:

  1. Never exceed your car’s roof load specifications or weight limits.  You can find them in your vehicle owner’s manual. Check the weight limitation of your roof rack as well.
  2. Come to a complete stop before changing the direction your car is travelling.  For instance, do not drive forward while your car is rolling backward without stopping first.
  3. Preserve the inside of your car by cleaning it regularly.  Check out our past blog post, How To Organize Your Car, for more information.
  4. To maximize the life of your engine, follow the severe intervals recommendations in your owner’s guide for changing the oil, especially if you regularly drive short distances or in stop-and-go traffic.  Doing so prevents the engine oil from reaching temperatures high enough to boil off the moisture inside, causing the oil to gum up like tar.  It is also important that you use the right motor oil for your vehicle.  Check out our past blog post, Decoding Motor Oil Labels, to learn more.
  5. When you buy a new car, you need to be especially careful during the break-in period.  Check your owner’s manual for the recommended speed, don’t allow your car to idle for long periods, and only use light to medium acceleration.
  6. Take extra key chains off your car keys.  The extra weight can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure.
  7. Turn your steering wheel gently to avoid excessive wear and tear on your steering pump.
  8. Minimize paint and interior damage from the elements by parking your car in the shade or using a car shade.  You should store your car in your garage, invest in a car cover, or get your car waxed every spring and fall.

Do you have any additional tips?  Let us know in the comments section below.

Sources: smartmoney.com, rd.com

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