How To Look After Your Vehicle To Make It Last Longer

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Technology. Financially, transportation is considered to be one of the ‘four walls’, food, shelter and clothing being the other three. Owning a vehicle is something you can wisely manage or you can end up blowing a lot of money. Understanding how to take of your vehicle can save you money and extend its life. The following contributed post is entitled, How To Look After Your Vehicle To Make It Last Longer.

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Most people couldn’t do without their cars. They’re our ticket to freedom, our transport to work, they carry around our family, but we aren’t very good at taking care of them.

A little bit of regular care and attention can go a long way towards reducing running costs and avoiding costly repair bills. In addition to your regular servicing, which you should do in line with the manufacturer’s recommendation, here are some top tips on how to keep your car running smoothly.

Repair Any Bodywork Damage

Not only do dents and scratches look unsightly but even small areas of damage to the bodywork can lead to rust which, if left, can affect the structural integrity of the car. Visit somewhere like The Collision Center to get these things taken care of before you end up with a much larger repair bill.

Change Your Filters

Oil and air filters need changing regularly to keep your car running efficiently. On most cars, this is easy to do yourself. Make sure you buy quality replacement filters rather than cheap alternatives, they are a false economy and can do more harm than good.

If you get your car serviced regularly, they should be changed as standard during the service.

Top Up Fluids

Checking and replacing your car oil, coolant, and screenwash can save you a fortune on repair bills should you let them run out and cause damage to the car.

Some modern cars will alert you automatically if you’re running low. If you don’t have one of these cars then you’ll need to check once every few weeks.

Replace The Spark Plugs

Replacing spark plugs and tension leads is another one of those little jobs that you can do yourself.

When checking the plugs, make sure there are no signs of damage, melting or deposits. If you find you’re replacing spark plugs more often than your vehicle manual recommends, you could have another issue with your engine.

Check Your Tire Pressures

Having properly inflated tires is important for handling, fuel consumption, and safety. You should check them once a week and make sure the pressures fall within the recommended guidelines in your car manual.

Having your car’s wheels professionally aligned may reduce tire wear, too – with the added benefits of improved steering response and handling.

Clean Your Car

It’s great to have a nice clean car inside and out. Not only will it get admiring looks on a commute, beyond the superficial aspects, regularly cleaning the bodywork of the car will remove any residue and dirt that can damage the paintwork, causing dullness, cracking and rust.

Use a protective polish or wax every six months to keep the paintwork vibrant and protected.

Get Rid Of Excess Baggage

People store a lot of unnecessary items in their trunk. Driving around with all that extra weight can have a huge impact on fuel economy. It will also affect the brakes and suspension.

Keep the emergency essentials that you need in there, and ditch the rest.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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