Ways to prolong the life of your car

Read the owner’s manual

To properly take care of a vehicle, you must first know it well. It all starts with the owner’s manual, which contains all the information regarding the specifics of the model and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Including service intervals. Refer to this book as often as possible if you’re looking prolong the life of your car for as long as possible.

Check tyre pressure

Under-inflated tyres cause the engine to work harder which in turn increases fuel consumption. They also wear out faster and can affect the vehicle’s handling, on occasion leading to long-term repercussions to chassis components. Check the tyre pressure at least once a month and inflate tyres as required.

Change the oil regularly

Changing out the oil when authorised by the manufacturer not only ensures optimum performance and evades fuel wastage, but also extends the life of mechanical components and prevents costly repairs. In addition, don’t neglect the vehicle’s other fluids and oils such as transmission, brakes, cooling systems, power steering etc).

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Drive smooth

Your driving techniques have an immense impact on how long your car lasts. Driving your car smoothly means planning your stops to avoid slamming on the brakes. It also means remaining alert of your surroundings and avoiding potholes, bumps, and other mishaps on the road. Driving smoothly will minimise wear on your vehicle, save fuel increase the longevity of your car and most importantly keep you safe.

Change filters regularly

In order to keep your car running smoothly, it’s important to replace your oil filter and air filter regularly.

Thankfully, they are relatively simple tasks – especially an air filter swap – so you might want to give them a try yourself and save money at the same time.

It is also possible to prolong the life of your air filter by washing it. Ensure you use genuine parts for filter cleaning and replacement and consult your owner’s manual. Your engine could be damaged over time by cheap, poor quality filters.

Stick to the service schedule

Maintaining your car’s condition and extending its lifespan requires regular service is a crucial aspect to prolong the life of your car.

Depending on the vehicle, service intervals can range from once a year to every 10,000 miles. Consult your owner’s manual to learn when a service is due and what work needs to be done. Many modern cars have warning lights on the dashboard to alert you when maintenance is needed, too.

Broadly speaking, you should budget for a ‘minor’ service once a year and a ‘major’ service every two or three years. A minor service includes changing the oil and oil filter and replacing other fluids if necessary. Depending on the car and mileage, a major service may also cover replacement of the air filter, spark plugs and cambelt.

The number of tasks included in even a minor service is numerous, but all should include checks for oil and fluid leaks, tyre pressures and condition, excessive exhaust emissions, brake wear, and the correct operation of the steering, gearbox, clutch, suspension, lights, wipers and horn.

By spreading the cost over two years, you can stay on top of your car’s maintenance and save money.

Prolong the life of you car from today!

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