Automobile breakdowns can seem very unpredictable, but your attention to car care can make a big difference in how fast the transmission, clutch or brakes wear out.
Reckless driving habits themselves are a great way to prematurely ruin your car or truck, and that’s true even if you don’t crash. Read the tips from our expert mechanics below.
Avoid Super Slow Acceleration
Primarily to save gas, know that It’s silly start driving more slowly than traffic. Some drivers have been taught not to “jackrabbit” at start, and generally true. But accelerating too slowly prevents your auto from normal driving conditions and can put wear on the transmission and engine. You should probably drive at about the same speed as the autos around you.
Don’t Empty the Tank
Know about 2 ways that emptying your car of gas or keeping the level low is a bad idea. Sediment in gas or diesel drops to the bottom of your gas tank, so when the gas is almost gone your fuel pump has to push the grit through the engine. This might cause a clog and will also require your tiny engine mechanisms to work a little harder than necessary. Furthermore, fuel in the tank usually helps cool the fuel pump, making it more efficient. If you don’t have sufficient fuel in the tank, your fuel pump could get too hot.
Don’t Rev the Engine or Idle for Too Long
We have covered engine idling in a previous blog, and the long and short of it is that you shouldn’t ever idle the engine for more than about one minute. It’s also a bad idea to rev your engine while stopped, especially if the engine isn’t warm. When you do, oil and fluids won’t circulate properly and the catalytic convertor won’t work. Extreme temperature shifts are also a problem.
Don’t Stop and Start Too Quickly
It’s not a race. Of course this behavior is dangerous. But beyond that, slamming the gas pedal at lights and braking hard is difficult on your transmission, engine and brakes. It’s only natural to show off a fast car, but we think that driving like the rest of traffic is a great way to show that you appreciate your vehicle.
Don’t Shift Like a Novice
It can be tricky to handle the transmission properly. We’ll go over just a few of the ways that you can improve the life of your transmission by shifting properly. Don’t ever shift into park or reverse while your car is still moving. Next, don’t shift into park and run off without using the E brake. When you do, all the weight of your car will rest against the transmission instead of the brake. For manual transmission vehicles, be careful not to hold down the clutch between shifting. These easy tricks could save you cash in the long run.
Don’t Speed on the Freeway
It can be a thrill to race down the freeway, passing all the slowpokes and experiencing tight handling as you weave through the lanes and around the curves. But realize that driving like this can break the car. Our automobile professionals at Christian Brothers in Allen, TX advise that most autos do best at forty to sixty miles per hour. If you go faster, you will use more fuel per mile driven and your transmission may not be able to keep up. Also, driving that fast means extra stress on all the small moving parts of your engine, and that can cause early wear. In the end, driving at the speed limit is the best way to show off that you’re a proud car owner.
Come in for a Checkup
In addition to driving wisely, keep your auto tidy inside and out. You should also be sure to check the tires, oil and lights regularly. And at regular intervals, bring your ride in to your Allen Christian Brothers garage for a pro checkup.