7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Car Running Longer | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Car Running Longer | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Cars are a source of practicality and leisure, but can become expensive if car owners do not maintain them properly. Preventive maintenance is the key to keeping repairs under control. The more you learn about cars, the more you can save money on repairs. The following tips may help keep your car running indefinitely without constantly ending up in the repair shop:

1. Reduce Your Driving - By cutting down on the distance you drive on a weekly basis, you will save money on gas and maintenance because there will be less wear and tear on your vehicle. Reduce driving by walking, cycling, carpooling or taking public transportation. You will still need to drive your car once in a while to make sure fluids circulate and parts don’t rust, but aim to make shorter trips when possible. Even carpooling a few days per week can help increase your vehicle’s longevity.

2. Avoid Gunning the Accelerator - Just because you have a car that can accelerate from 0 to 60 km in less than five seconds doesn’t mean you should take advantage of that feature. Slow acceleration is gentler on the car’s overall health. Even when you start your car in the morning, you don’t have to rev up the engine, especially in cold weather. Your car will run much more smoothly if you give the oil a chance to warm up before driving.

3. Pay Attention to the Engine - Whenever you see or hear anything strange with the engine, get it checked immediately. A loud ticking sound from the engine or a screechy noise when you start the car can indicate a major problem that will only get worse if you continue to ignore it. If you see an engine indicator light up, consider having the engine checked. The engine is the heart of your vehicle and needs to be clean, especially within the cylinders.

4. Change the Oil and Fluids Regularly - Ignoring your oil completely is a guaranteed recipe for disaster that may lead to a blown engine, which will be expensive to replace. Read your manual and check the manufacturer’s recommendation for how often the oil should be changed. Vital fluids also need to be checked periodically to make sure they are at optimal levels, especially when the seasons change.

5. Don’t Store Heavy Objects - Unless you drive a big truck, there’s no reason to keep heavy objects stored in your vehicle all the time. Excess weight can wear out your tires faster and can put an overall strain on the car. Instead find a more appropriate storage unit for extended periods of time. As far as storing the vehicle itself, it’s always better to keep it in a garage rather than out on the street, especially in the winter or summer.

6. Get Periodic Tune-ups -  Use your manufacturer’s manual to gauge how often to get a full tune-up. While many modern cars don’t need as many tune-ups as in the past, it’s still a good idea to have your car checked by an experienced professional once in a while. A clogged fuel line may not be obvious but can have adverse effects on gas mileage, just as worn plugs and wires can reduce efficiency. Most importantly, make sure all safety features, such as brakes, are in top shape at all times. Checking your tires every now and then can help prevent an accident since tires can blow up if they go bald. When tires get smooth on inner edges, it can mean you need a front end alignment.

7. Find an Honest Mechanic- Try to find a seasoned mechanic who you can trust. Many mechanics over-charge due to consumer ignorance.



Penney Auto Body & Glass, Vancouver’s Auto Body Collision Repair Shop, is an expert in paint and body repair and cares about the welfare of your car and your personal safety. If you get involved in an automotive accident or you're a victim of a vehicle break-in or theft be sure to contact Penney Auto Body for your auto body, collision repair, and car painting services.


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