Care and Maintenance Tips #1

One of the biggest investments that you have is your car which means that taking care of it is vitally important. The better you maintain it the longer it will last, the less it will cost to repair, the less fuel it will use and the more you will make when you go to trade it in.  With that in mind we’d like to present an 8 Part Series on Auto Maintenance Tips that will Save you Money.  We hope you enjoy it and, without further ado, let’s get stated with Part 1.

One of the most important time periods in a car’s life is the break-in period. Take care of it well during these important first few weeks and it will pay you back with a lot less problems down the road.

  • Drive less than 55 mph for the 1st 1000 miles, typically considered the break-in period for most cars.
  • Don’t pull heavy loads that strain the drive train or load the roof racks, trunk or bed with heavy loads either.
  • Letting a car idle for long periods is never a good idea because the oil pressures that this can cause when it is new can prevent oil from getting to every part of the engine.
  • During the first few days do your best to keep the rpm’s below 3000 and use light to medium acceleration from a stop.

After the break-in period is over you’ll still want to baby your car and drive it well every single day.

  • Whenever you first begin your day accelerate slowly for the first 15 to 20 minutes. Experts say that this is when the most damage can be done to your engine and drive train.
  • In the morning never race your car’s engine to ’warm it up’.  This is actually very damaging to many of your car’s parts.
  • At long stop-lights switching your car to neutral is an excellent idea to give the engine a small break.
  • Letting your car warm up in idle is actually a very bad idea. The reason is that the engine doesn’t run as well, fuel combustion is impaired and soot, oil contamination and damaged parts are the result.  Most cars’ these days can be started and driven right away with no problem at all.
  • Accelerating very quickly or driving at very high speeds, especially in temperature extremes, can lower the life of your car’s engine considerably.
  • When turning the steering wheel do your best to not turn it all the way right or left for more than a few seconds because this can damage the power-steering pump.
  • Take care of your tires by avoiding obstacles like pot-holes, driving at normal speeds, avoiding fast stops and starts and of course never ‘burning rubber’.

Those great Tips should get you started.  Come on back for Part 2 soon and more excellent Tips on how to keep your car running well longer and saving you money.

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