You love your car, there’s no question that you love it. If you didn’t love your car, you wouldn’t be driving it, right? You want your car to last as long as possible. Did you know that there are things you may be doing every day that can hurt your car? Here are five ways you can hurt your car and shorten the life of your car.
How You Hurt Your Car’s Longevity
The first thing you may be doing that might hurt your car is to forget to engage the parking brake. Your parking brake allows the transmission to rest, which is especially important if your car is on a hill or an incline. If you don’t set your parking brake, you may be shortening the life of your car’s transmission.
Also, be sure that you are regularly checking your tire pressure. If you allow your tires to get over-inflated or under-inflated, you may be risking your tire tread, your gas mileage, and even your brake pads. Speaking of fuel economy and gas mileage, if you are one of those people who constantly runs with a low tank, you may cause damage to your engine through repeated cooling and heating. Keeping your car gas tank above a quarter of a tank will help.
Be sure to check your front and rear windshield wipers, to make sure that they are working properly. If they are old and wearing out, they can cause damage to your windshield.
When you’re driving, don’t shift from reverse to drive unless you are at a complete stop, because over time, this can damage your transmission as well as your drive train components. Your car will last longer if you take a few seconds more to stop completely.
When you need to get your car serviced, why not bring it to us here at Car Care Connection? We’re located at 6503 Gateway Avenue in Sarasota. You can also call us to set up an appointment at 941-924-6199.