Take Care of Your Engine
Now, you understand what an important component of the engine is which is why you need to pay additional attention to it. This means that you will need to change your engine oil at least every three months or so. Of course, if you drive in an area with lots of dust or pollution, you may need to change it even sooner. Now, there is little use in staying on top of the oil changes if you aren’t going to change oil filters as well. You should keep in mind that it is this instrument that helps to keep contaminants out of your engine. At the same time, make sure that the air filter is also clean to ensure that no dirt or debris will enter your engine.
Follow the Manufacturer’s Service Schedule
Now, the dealer from where you bought your vehicle from may try to offer you advice about precisely when it is that you need to service your car. While some of these guidelines can be helpful, you will be much better off reading through your owner’s manual instead. See, the manual was written by the manufacturer and since they are the ones that built your car, they really do know best. As you can imagine, it isn’t enough to just read through the book, you also need to stick to the schedule provided rigidly. This is what will ensure that your vehicle is in perfect condition.
Start Your Car Up Properly
It can often seem that each driver has their own opinion on the right way to start a car, particularly when it has been turned off for some time. For instance, it is not unusual to find people who will tell you rev the car immediately. Well, for the sake of your car, you really shouldn’t do this. After all, a cold engine has very little oil left on any of its parts as it has moved to the oil pan. As such, there is very little lubrication. To overcome this issue, keep the engine rpm low and wait for at least half a minute before you drive.
Drive Your Car Carefully
Just because you are a safe or good driver doesn’t necessarily mean that you are driving your vehicle in the right manner. For example, if you are shifting into reverse, make sure that the car has come to a total stop. The same goes for when you are switching back to the forward gear. Also, when driving try not to accelerate too hard only to come to a screeching halt a few minutes later. While doing this occasionally is fine, you shouldn’t make a habit of it.
These are all of the ways to maintain and drive your vehicle so that it will run as smooth as possible, for as long as you need it to.