Here are five common mistakes most people make that could be damaging their vehicles. Avoiding the following mistakes will save you a ton of cash and ensure that your car has a long and healthy life.
1. PUTTING OFF AN OIL CHANGE:
Engine oil is a vital component in your car, it has 4 main jobs: it cools, cleans, seals and of course lubricates your engine. If your vehicle’s oil is old and broken down it will not be able to perform its job. If you never got your oil changed, eventually the engine would seize up and stop running and/or send connecting rods and associated parts thru the block, rendering the engine useless and most likely unrepairable. Bottom line: It’s worth the time and minimal cost of maintenance!
2. CONTINUING TO DRIVE WHEN THE VEHICLE IS OVERHEATING:
Continuing to drive if your cooling system is boiling could damage your engine. If your vehicle is overheating find a spot where you can park, and let the vehicle cool completely. DO NOT open the radiator cap. The radiator will be extremely hot and under very high pressure.
3. SUDDEN ACCELERATING AND BRAKING:
Regularly slamming on the brake or gas pedal takes a large toll on your gas mileage, and can even cause deterioration on parts like your brake pads and rotors.
4. NOT USING THE PARKING BRAKE:
Many people normally fail to use the parking brake when they park their cars on a slight incline. Doing this inserts a lot of pressure on the vehicle’s transmission because only the parking pawl is used. By using the parking brake, you lock up the non-drive wheels as well as the drive wheels and take all the stress off of the transmission.
5. CARRYING TOO MUCH WEIGHT:
Having too much weight in your car can put unnecessary stress on some of its critical systems, leading to premature wear. Too much weight makes your engine work harder than it should. If there are items that can be removed to decrease the weight and stress on your car, do it now.
At Royal Motors we are more than happy to inspect your vehicle and help you understand what you can do to you improve your vehicle’s life. Call us at (407) 201-7950, and schedule your appointment today. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!
Remember, Included with every vehicle we repair, we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA COST.