Extending Your Car’s Life: Steps You Can Take at Home

Posted on 18 August 2012 by Tony Santos

How to extend car lifeMany of us are taking steps to reduce our impacts on the environment, and cars are an important piece of the puzzle. While new, more efficient cars are being produced every years, the best way to help reduce our impact is often to drive our current cars as long as possible; many environmental experts are suggesting that the best way to help the environment when purchasing a car is to conduct a used car search instead of buying new. Here are four steps you can take to increase your car’s lifespan:

1) Take good records Cars need maintenance are regular intervals. Owners of older cars sometimes neglect to keep up with all of the necessary maintenance chores. While most know when the car’s oil must be replaced, some forget about the timing belt and other crucial components. Keeping good records, checking online sources and carefully reading the owner’s manual can help help prevent a car from breaking due to neglect.

2) Wash, wax and possibly paint Drivetrains built within the last 30 or 40 years are designed to last. One potential threat, however, lurks on many older vehicles: rust. Rust starts off small but spreads over a car and can cause irreparable damage to its body. A bit of preventative maintenance, however, can reduce the likelihood and severity of rusting. Regularly washing and waxing your car will stop most rust from forming. If any chips in the paint form, make sure to clean and repaint the area as quickly as possible.

3) Keep the fuel take full The fuel line is a crucial aspect of cars. Problems in the fuel line can spread to other parts of the car and lead to significant engine damage. Sometimes, driving with a low fuel tank can cause foreign matter to clog the fuel line and collect in the engine. By refilling you gas tank before it dips below one-quarter full, you can help keep the fuel line and engine clean.

4) Be gentle One of the best ways to keep a car functional for a lengthy period of time is to drive it gently. Slowly pressing the accelerator and gently breaking early can reduce strain on the engine, transmission and brakes. For those who drive manual cars, shifting early can help the engine avoid unnecessary stress.

Older cars can be fun to drive, and many drivers regret the fact that they will have to say goodbye to their beloved car one day. With some attention and maintenance work, however, drivers can significantly lengthen their car’s life.

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