Don’t Drive Too Fast
It can be a thrill to race down the freeway, passing all the slowpokes and proving your handling prowess as you travel through the lanes and around the curves. But driving this way can wreck the engine, and the car. Our engine team at Christian Brothers in Westfield advises that most cars and trucks do best at forty to sixty miles per hour. If you go faster, you will burn more gas per mile driven and your transmission will wear out. Also, driving that fast means extra stress on all the small moving parts of your engine, and that can cause you to need early repairs. Driving at the speed limit is the best way to show off that you’re a proud car owner.
Don’t Shift Like a Novice
There are many ways in which bad shifting behavior can wreck your transmission. We’ll just go over some of the ways. First, don’t ever change directions or park while your car is still moving. Also, don’t move the gears into park and head off without putting on the parking brake. If you do, your whole car will rest against the transmission instead of the brake. For manual transmission vehicles, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch when you aren’t shifting. These easy things could save you cash in the long run.
Don’t Drive Aggressively
You’re not Vin Diesel from “Fast and Furious.” Of course this driving habit is dangerous. But beyond that, slamming the gas pedal at stoplights and braking hard is difficult on your brakes, engine and transmission. It’s clear why you want to show off a fast vehicle, but realize that you shouldn’t abuse it.
Don’t Sit and Idle or Rev
We have talked about engine idling already, and the best advice is that you should avoid idling for more than about 60 seconds. It’s also unwise to rev your engine while stopped, especially if the engine isn’t warm. When you do, the engine will not become lubricated safely and the catalytic converter won’t function properly. Going straight from cold to hot isn’t good anyway.
Don’t Empty the Tank
Know about two ways that emptying your automobile of diesel or regular gas or keeping the level low is harmful. Sediment in gas or diesel sinks to the bottom of your gas tank, so when the gas is almost gone your fuel pump has to push the grit through the fuel ignition system. Even if this doesn’t clog the lines, which it could, it does require your engine to work extra hard. Also, gas in the tank usually helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it last longer and work better. If you don’t have sufficient fuel in the tank, your fuel pump could overheat and wear out more quickly.
Avoid Slow Acceleration
Primarily to save gas, know that there’s no reason to start driving too slowly. Some new drivers have been taught not to dart off from a stop, and the general principle is a good one. But getting going at very low speeds stops your auto from working as intended and can tax the engine and transmission. You should probably drive at expected speeds.
Come in for a Checkup
Drive with the right habits and keep your car tidy inside and out. You should also be sure to check the tires, oil and lights regularly. Then, at least every 5,000 miles, bring your auto in to your Westfield Christian Brothers shop for a diagnostic and analysis.