How to make your car last longer

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The average age of a car is about 14 years when scrapped, while the average age of the car on the road is close to 8 years.
But don’t worry, you can take a few simple steps to give your motor the best opportunity to achieve its golden years.

We have compiled a list of simple tips for keeping your car on track for years to come, to keep running costs minimised.

Car maintenance

Battery maintenance

The battery will degrade and go flat if you don’t use your car for long periods.

Consider using a trickle-charger to keep your battery up if your car is left in a garage for a long time, or if your battery is less charged than normal.

If your battery is running flat, a car needs to start up and puts additional pressure on the battery, which can damage your engine management system and other sensitive electronics.

You should try driving your car at least once a week if possible – especially in the winter, if you are looking after your battery without a trickle charger.

Battery maintenance

Change filter regularly

The oil filter and air filters of your car are obstructed over time, so regular renewal is important.

They should be changed as part of the scheduled car service, but they are both relatively simple jobs, especially an air filter swap, so you could try it yourself and save money.

The life of the air filter can often be extended by being washed. Consult your filter cleaning and change advice manual and make sure that you use real parts. In the long run, low-quality filters can damage your engine.

Car filter

Learn to drive smoothly

Driving with ‘mechanical sympathy’ is something you always have to practice. That means that you use your car’s controls and understand how it works.

This reduces the wear of the component and makes your fuel get even further. Simple things, like the use of the steering wheel, gearbox and pedals, are crucial and look ahead so that sudden braking is reduced.

Replace leads and spark plugs

As cars become increasingly complex, drivers are obviously less inclined to carry out their own maintenance.

However, substituting spark plugs and high-voltage leads is another simple job, to optimize the performance of your engine.

Be aware that you always have to consult your car manual and adhere to your service schedule in advance.

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Top-up Car fluids

Fluids are the lifeblood of your car and they may not replenish it.

Check your motor oil once a fortnight with the cap opened and the stick removed (with your car at the top). Give it a rag wipe and then dip it.

The level of oil should be between the minimum and maximum markers, when returning, and a light yellow-brow color if the petrol engine is present in your car.

Dirty oil and dark oil need to be replaced with. However, as part of the normal combustion, diesel-powered oil builds up soot, so dark-colored oil is not an alarm for a diesel engine.

Car fluid

Check tyres regularly

Three are arguably the most important safe feature in your car and it’s no exaggeration to say that it can save your life if you check it regularly – about once a week.

Under-inflated tyres also increase your fuel consumption, so keeping them up to the pressure recommended in your car’s manual to save you money.

Reduce load carriage

Motor manufacturers are constantly looking for ways of reducing the weight and the emission requirements of their vehicles to increase their miles/gallon.

There’s also a lot of sense in keeping the weight of your car as low as you can.

The additional weight is a safe way to dissipate the fuel economy of your car. You will also wear your tyres, brakes, and suspensions with additional wear and tear.

Weight

Avoid potholes

On your suspension, tyres and exhaust Potholes can cause havoc.

The hard edges of poorly maintained roads can cause sidewall bulges, tread separation, and in some cases also tyre deflation. Suspension can be misaligned and shocks damaged when driving over craterlike lifts.

Deeper holes can even scrape catalytic converters which result in troubles and a power loss.

When possible, the best way to avoid wear and tear is through roads with slower surfaces.

Reduce speed with your break instead of shifting gears

Engine breaks or shifting gears can harm your drivetrain, particularly its collision and transmission.

You can reduce the lifespan of your motor by using your gear to break during travel, especially at higher speeds. If you switch several gears down, the damage will be even worse.

When avoiding damage to your transmission, your brake pedals are your best friend and should be your first calling point to reduce your speed.

Don’t run low on fuel

Your fuel pump will draw on the air, debris and sediment found at the bottom of the fuel tank in order to power your car when you run down on petrol.

The undesirable material can block the system and corrode your pump and your filters, prevent fuel and prevent your car.

Due to the large amounts of air injected by the powerful injectors in your motors, diesel vehicles should be particularly careful about low fuel, which can prevent the engine from turning over.

Always check warning lights

Warning lights can be easily overlooked, especially if your car’s performance doesn’t appear to differ if they illuminate.

Leaving problems uncontrolled, however, could mean your car has a premature end.

The engine, the braking and the power steering lights indicate some of the most urgent defects that might result in costly repair bills.

Make simple checks regularly

One of the most effective ways to improve the service life of your car is to make routine checking the easiest way.

A list of key DIY inspections flags the problem, and may help you stop complications before they develop to a more expensive repair bill.

We recommend checks every two weeks, perhaps, as regularly as possible:

  • fuel
  • oil
  • rubber (tyres and wiper blades)
  • coolant
  • electrics
  • screen wash
  • engine air filter
  • spark plug (petrol engines only)
  • brakes
  • air conditioning
  • interiors
  • exteriors
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