They say that owning a vehicle is like having a child, or well another one. The responsibility that goes with it runs a long list but people still want them because they’ve got perks to boot anyway. One way to ensure that they last as long as can be and remain in tiptop shape is to avoid mistakes that can cause them harm and Classic Car Labs is here to help warn us about them.
Mistake: Failure to keep up with car fluids
There are many liquids that go into an automobile and all of them must be kept at a specific level and replaced at certain intervals to ensure that all parts run smooth and wear and tear is held off. Make sure to check, refill and replace them.
Mistake: Putting off a scheduled maintenance
Many owners think that just because everything seems to run smoothly, nothing is wrong. In many cases the vehicle’s fine but do remember that many issues start small; too small in fact that they barely present themselves not unless a checkup is done or not until it has aggravated itself. Regular maintenance is necessary not only to fix issues at their infancy but also to prevent them altogether.
Mistake: Driving an overheated vehicle
Once your engine overheats, pull up to the side and stop driving. Being stubborn about it will only lead to damages to your engine which are often severe and costly. This brings us back to the first item in this list as well. Have you checked on your water and coolant levels?
Mistake: Forgetting about wheel and tire care
Your wheels and tires absorb a lot of friction, heat and dirt given the fact that they’re the ones that directly hit the asphalt, concrete roads and even rough patch terrain. Brake dust must be cleaned off the wheels so they do not get baked into them. Alignment must also be so that tires wear out evenly ensuring longer life for them, to save on fuel and to reduce suspension wear. Tires must also be rotated and pressure must be checked on the regular. Over and under-pressured tires hurt not only themselves but the engine and your gas money too.
If you want your vehicle to last, heed the warnings mentioned by Classic Car Labs. Surely, you’d want your machines to run as smoothly and for as long as possible.