The engine needs enough oil and the car sometimes a laundry, that is clear to many car owners. Maintenance, driving style, parking – with simple Tricks, car life can be extended.
No car drives forever. But if you handle your vehicle properly, you can extend the service life considerably. Experts explain which tips and tricks will help.
Regular Oil Change
Only with oil does a car engine run properly round: it lubricates the parts and absorbs abrasion particles. However, engine oil gradually pollutes. Then it no longer lubricates as it should, threatening engine damage. That’s why it needs to be changed again and again. If you will not change the oil a long time, or it was bad quality oil, your car will start to smoke, sometimes you just need to add some oil additives to stop smoke, for example, Extreme Marine & Rv SF-16.
Check axle cuffs
All experts recommend regular maintenance in the workshop. Harold Pauls from the ADAC Technical Centre in Colorado Springs emphasizes that the rubber cuffs on the axle joints should be checked particularly precisely. If they are cracked, grease can leak out – the lack of lubrication then affects the joints. The scope of maintenance work is generally coordinated with the workshop.
Special attention is also paid-if available in the car – to the timing belt that connects the cam and crankshaft. If it tears, the engine is down. The manufacturer’s recommendations for belt replacement should, therefore, be strictly adhered to.
Start repairs on time
Defective or worn car parts must be repaired quickly, otherwise consequential damage is imminent. A knocked out wheel bearing about gives the wheel more play than is good. At worst, it can resolve itself. Less dangerous, but annoying can be a too late change of worn brake pads. Often the brake disc has to be replaced at the same time.
Avoid short distances
500 meters to the bakery are highly stressful for cars. The engine does not reach operating temperature, the oil does not get hot, condensation can form in the exhaust and favor rust. As long as the vehicle is not at operating temperature, drivers prefer to tread carefully on the accelerator and avoid high speeds. Cavalier starts with a cold engine significantly shortens its service life. A normal gasoline engine needs about ten minutes in urban traffic until it is warm. A diesel requires almost twice as long.
Diesel is generally not short-haul vehicles. This is due to the built-in soot particle filter. For self-cleaning, the filter needs heat and time-otherwise it will eventually clog. The engine then suffers from this. Only for longer distances can the filter blow properly.
Regular Car Wash
Awash not only makes the car shine: it also prevents damage. Pollen or bird droppings can attack the varnish and are therefore better removed quickly. After the Winter, it is best to give your car a wash including underbody care to rinse off salt residues – this prevents corrosion. To ensure that door seals do not become brittle, vehicle owners should regularly treat them with a sebum pencil.
A well-ventilated space
Garages protect cars from weather and Martens. You should have ventilation holes so that the air can circulate. Otherwise, especially in Winter, a very aggressive climate develops in the Garage: snow and salt residues then put a special strain on the body. If you have the opportunity, it is better to let your car dry before putting it in the Garage. Slush in the wheel arches should always be removed.
It is known that an engine wears out strongly at the limit of the red speed range. The normal speed range is between 1500 and 3000 revolutions per Minute. A driving style that is too low-Touring also puts a strain on the car: you can tell when the engine does not turn up properly despite the foot on the accelerator. The following applies here: Switch down rather than increase the speed. Because of constant undershooting loads the crankshaft.