Having a vehicle can be a costly venture. Not only do you need to plan for the initial purchase and the rising cost of fuel, but you will also need to plan for service and repair bills throughout the entire life of the vehicle. While a regular vehicle service schedule is important, it is possible to minimize the need for servicing and repair with some basic preventative measures and care.
Always Buy Fuel at a Reputable Service Station
Many consumers have found that their vehicles suffer a drop in performance after buying fuel at particular service stations. This is likely because the garage has neglected basic maintenance by not changing the filters on every pump. This allows particles of debris to be mixed with the fuel and enter your engine. While your car repair service may include changing your fuel filter, you could have already suffered damage to your engine because of excess debris. It is far better to find a reputable garage who have a strict policy regarding its pump filters and is concerned about customer care.
Discard Your Old Keys
Many people develop a huge collection of keys on their key chains that makes key chains very heavy. While this appears to be a harmless habit, it can represent a great strain on your ignition. When you are driving, you could accidentally be allowing a heavy weight to pull and bounce on the ignition. This can cause much damage to the ignition tumblers and could lead to a switch failure or tumbler issue. Go through your key chain and minimize the weight by discarding old keys or putting only the car ignition key in the basic car key chain. If you do need a large bunch of keys in your day-to-day life, consider having your car ignition key on a different key chain than others.
Protect Your Car From Sun Damage
The hot climate can be devastating to the finish of your car. You should aim to protect your vehicle from sun damage by parking in shady areas or in garages. This can protect your paint finish and your interior from sun bleaching. Also, you should use rubber protection on all of the window and door weather stripping. This will keep the rubber supple and prevent major cracking. Avoid using excessive oil-based products as oil can compromise the rubber. If you notice any damaged weather stripping, it is a good idea to replace it as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.
Seal Any Leaks
Leaks are an indication of a potential problem with your vehicle. The most common leaks include radiator fluid. However, it is possible to reduce the need to replace a damaged radiator by sealing the leak. There are many radiator seal products available on the market that circulate the radiator and plug any holes. This can prolong the life span of the radiator and reduce potential Auto repair bills.
Check Your Vehicle Fluids
Many people have developed the habit of regularly checking their vehicle’s oil and water levels. However, checking fluid levels is a basic component of a complete car service, and it should not be neglected between workshop visits. Fluid levels are easy to check. The brake, power steering, and radiator fluid reservoirs have a minimum and maximum level indicated for ease of refilling. This enables even beginner-level vehicle mechanics to ensure that all fluids are at their optimum level.
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