How to Make Your Car Last Longer
Simple Ways to Get the Most from Your Vehicle
We love our vehicles. Many of us plan to drive them forever. Naturally they’re going to break down here and there, but that’s just parts wearing out. Of course, the way you treat your rig is going to affect how long between break-downs you get.
If you are one that wants your vehicle to last as long as you do, then here are some simple tips that you can do to make sure that your car lasts (almost) forever.
Warm it Up
There’s a lot of misinformation out there. For instance, a very popular Business Insider post that claims you’re hurting your vehicle by letting it warm up. Here’s the thing though, if your vehicle is damaged by idling for a few minutes, you have bigger problems. In Montana winters, it’s actually very important to warm the vehicle a little bit before slamming it into gear. It only needs about 30 seconds to heat the oils up, so go ahead and warm it up (diesels are a whole other story).
Give it Gas
Have you ever turned a propane burner on really low, and set a pot on top to simmer? You get black gunk built up on the bottom of the pan. Something similar happens when you use your vehicle only at low speeds without really opening it up. Every now and then (once a week or so), get it out on the highway and open it up. That hot burning will clear out the gunk.
Check the Fluids
This is a bit of a no-brainer. Don’t skip the oil changes if you want your vehicle to last. But it goes beyond oil. Your vehicle has a bunch of fluids from the transmission, to the engine, to the brakes. Make sure they’re all up to snuff.
Drop some Weight
Vehicle load capacities vary. Chances are you haven’t maxed them out, but if you carry around a lot of stuff, you could get close. You’ll get better gas mileage, and take some stress off your springs if you empty your vehicle out and haul around just the necessities.
Swap the Air Filter
Air filters are designed to stop the bad stuff from getting into the engine, and the cab. They continue to work when they get plugged with particles, but it takes a lot more pressure to push the air through them. That means more strain on the mechanics of your car. Make sure you’re replacing a clogged air filter.
Tune it Up
Manufacturers have recommended mileages between tune-ups (often every 60,000 miles or so). It’s here that you replace spark plugs, give everything once over, and replace any parts that look to be nearing the end of their life. One step many people skip is the air conditioner. Have that thing serviced every 2 years so you don’t have to try to cool yourself with open windows when it’s 101 degrees out.
Clean it Off
A clean vehicle lasts longer. Besides that it’s safer to ride in a clean vehicle, and it’s a whole lot more comfortable. You can do regular cleanings on your own (wash, vacuum, wax). But sometimes it’s good to get down into it and have it deep cleaned.
A & D Auto Body says No Crashes
As we strive to be the best auto body repair shop in Bozeman, we want to make sure that you’re safe! In order to make sure that your vehicle lasts as long as you do, you have to drive defensively so nobody totals it.
Be aware, be alert, and be safe with a clean car! If you have been in a wreck, call 406-586-7791 to schedule a time for a free damage assessment.