When should simple upkeep of your vehicle start? As soon as you drive that new car off the lot! Here are some vehicle care ideas you should apply from the very beginning.
Maintenance of breaking in the car
During the “breaking-in” period of owning a new car, you need to keep away from going over 3,000 rpm by only accelerating at medium levels. You need to avoid hauling heavy loads or trailers and keep speeds under 55 mph. That means you need to keep away from the highway. You should follow all these rules during the first 1,000 miles driven in your vehicle. This is the first step to good maintenance in your car.
In addition to taking it gently, try not to let the car idle for too long during the breaking-in period. This is never a good idea, but it is particularly bad for a brand new vehicle. The build in oil pressure that occurs may cause insufficient amounts of oil to reach key parts of your car’s engine.
Keep every little thing gentle
Do not be a harsh taskmaster with a lead foot when it comes to putting your new vehicle through its paces. In truth, it is better to treat it gently. Don’t gun the motor during start-up, as this can add years or wear to the motor, particularly if you live in a cold climate. Then do not allow it to idle for too long, as this can trigger the engine to operate outside of its peak temperature zone. This in turn leads to less efficient fuel combustion, soot deposits, oil contamination and damaged parts over the long haul. Whenever you accelerate, do it slowly, as most motor and drive train wear tends to occur within the first 10 to 20 minutes of operations after starting an automobile.
What does gentle driving mean once you are under way? At red lights, you should shift into neutral so that the engine isn’t attempting to push the vehicle forward against the power of the brakes. Don’t stomp on the fuel pedal, particularly in very hot or cold climates, as the mechanical stress this causes is significant. By observing this policy and sticking to posted speed limits, you are also prolonging the life of your car’s tires. When there are obstacles in the road like potholes or you are parallel parking, try not to hit either. And speaking of steering, do not oversteer, as it can damage your car’s power steering pump.
Keep in mind that part of treating your new vehicle gently is how often you use it. By this, I mean that you should always make an effort to consolidate trips. Beyond the obvious gasoline or electricity savings, fewer motor starts saves wear and tear on the starter and cuts down on environmental pollution. If you can time your trips for low traffic hours, you’ll be in a better mood by errand’s end.
Basic maintenance from inception tip No. 3 – Keep away from bad gas
When you go to a gasoline station, you need to ask about how the gas is filtered. If they keep away from the question, there is a good chance it is either not filtered or watered down by the station. There could be other reasons why things they are hiding that are not legal, so it is better for you and your car to always go to a station you trust. Make sure you are getting filtered fuel so it is not dirty and the station should change the pumps fairly regularly. It is not always possible to know if the fuel is clean or not, but you can do the best you can by just asking some questions.
Do not fill up when the tanker is there
Periodically, gas stations need to rejuvenate their underground tanks. You’ll know that time has come if you see a tanker truck on the premises, ready for pumping action. Times like these are bad for restoring your own fuel supply, however. Opinions differ on this slightly, but a good rule of thumb is that when a gas station’s tanks are being refilled, the turbulence of pumping can stir sediment at the bottom of the station’s tank. If that gets into your own vehicle’s tank – something the station’s filters may prevent, but why chance it – it can clog your car’s fuel filters and injectors. The result of this will be poor motor performance and increased need for repairs.
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