Six Ways You Could Be Killing Your Car
North American Precis Syndicate
Be good to your car and it will be good to you. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how
well you take care of your vehicle. Here are six things that many motorists
do that can harm their cars and their wallets.
1. Ignoring the check engine light.
Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine
trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert
you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.
2. Failing to change fluids and
filters. Many fluids are required for operating and protecting vehicle
systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the
filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends its
3. Neglecting your tires. Your
vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread
depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more
quickly and need to be replaced sooner, plus they can negatively affect
safety, gas mileage and performance.
4. Not following a service
schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become
damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced to perform
optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car
running efficiently and help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.
5. Keeping a dirty car.
Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging
chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and
interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
6. Being a severe driver. Whether
it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads,
it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However,
you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit;
avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling
unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.
“Because auto care isn’t always a top priority for car owners,
they might not realize they are doing things that adversely affect the
performance, safety and value of their car,” said Rich White, executive
director of the nonprofit Car Care Council. “Routine maintenance can go
a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car
Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of
regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car
care news, visit the Council’s online media room at http://media.carcare.org. To order a
free copy of the popular “Car Care Guide,” visit the Council’s
consumer education website at www.carcare.org.
“Routine maintenance can go a long way
toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle
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