Now you have bought yourself a new dream car, wouldn’t you love it to remain new forever? Well wake up that’s not going to happen. But it is always possible for it to be running like a new car for longer.
Break- In Period:
You will have to take care from the day one your car arrives, it might be hard to be patient, but it will be a big advantage for the car if you are. Take extra care during the break-in period i.e. first 1000 miles normally, but check with your car manufacturer or just get up and read the car manual. Avoid heavy loads, going more than the maximum speed recommended by the manufacturer, going over 3000 rpms and accelerate gently – just treat it as a pregnant wife or girlfriend.
Taking care of your car shouldn’t stop after the break in period. Here are some everyday tips which are very easy to follow during daily usage;
One of main reasons of a car going earlier to the grave is not following the maintenance schedule. It can be found in the owner’s manual which stays packed and wrapped in the glove box, this is just wrong. You should change oil and fuel and air filter regularly as per manufacturer instructions. Normally they should be changed about every 4000 to 3000 thousand miles. If you make many short journeys then get them changed between 3000 to 4000 miles. There are some other items apart from these,-engine timing belt before 100000 miles, transmission fluid at 25000 miles and brake oil according to owner’s manual.
Many engineers recommend changing the spark plugs at 30,000 miles. Spending a little on this regular will save you from a heavy cost of replacing the whole engine. Apart from oil there is something else that plays a very important role in better running of the engine, it’s the engine coolant; always keep an eye on the coolant level as a little bit of carelessness can cause the engine to overheat resulting in serious damage. Always keep an eye on the warning lights don’t just ignore them, they are there for a reason, as soon as a warning light comes on get your car checked by a professional.
There are many other enemies of your car out there like sunlight, dirt, grit etc, which, in the long term, march your car towards the graveyard like a hidden cancer. A car should be given a thorough cleaning regularly. There are many products available in the market. Use a nice polish and wax to detail your car, if you don’t have a garage use a cover to protect your car from ultra violet rays in the sunlight. Get rid of the dirt with regular vacuuming. Get rid of the grit salt, used on the roads in snow season, as soon as you can. Grit is the main cause of rust and as everyone knows rust kills. Follow these steps and your car would not grow older like you would. Owning a tip top old car is a feeling which cannot be described, it will always make you proud and show people what kind of a caring and sensible person you are. It doesn’t matter if it is a Honda, Mercedes, Toyota, BMW or any other, treat you dream car as a dream fulfilled not taken for granted.