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The Worst Things People Unknowingly Do To Their Cars

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The Worst Things People Unknowingly Do To Their Cars

Transportation is a basic necessity, and if you own a car you would know that it can become a very expensive exercise. The purchase price, monthly repayments, insurance, fuel costs, maintenance and repairs soon add up, and if you neglect to look after your vehicle it can end up costing you more than you thought.

Essentially car owners can expect to spend a significant portion of their vehicle purchase price over the course of the vehicle’s lifespan. That index drops the longer the vehicle remains in good order. The most sure-fire way to undermine those projections is to skip out on maintenance.

In most cases, cars that are serviced on a regular basis will remain safe, reliable, and trouble free for a good while. Best of all, they won’t accumulate additional maintenance expenses, and may retain their maximum resale value.

But so many of us try to push the envelope and skip out on maintenance checks. And all too often those poorly maintained cars become more expensive, and time consuming, and frustrating for owners once they lose control of the accumulation of costs.

The following list outlines a few of the most common ways car owners neglect their cars. Avoiding these mistakes and accepting the regular expense of conscientious car ownership will maximize cost efficiency over the life of your car.

If such leaks are ignored, they could potentially endanger your immediate safety and hurt your bank account too.

Ignoring Fluid Leaks

When there’s a fluid leaking from your vehicle it usually means something is wrong and should be immediately identified and repaired. Transmission, engine, steering, brakes, fuel, and cooling systems all rely on airtight fluid circuits, mechanical components in these systems will deteriorate and fail prematurely if leaks are allowed to remain.

If such leaks are ignored, they could potentially endanger your immediate safety and hurt your bank account too.

Overuse of Brakes

If brakes are used as the only means of controlling speed while descending a long hill, for example, the brake pads may overheat, and potentially melt the brake lines. If brakes are relied on exclusively in decelerating or stopping over the long term, brake components will wear down much quicker than if you use the gears to assist in speed control, especially when travelling down a steep hill.

Understanding how to use your gears will not only save your brakes but will save your money too.

Improperly inflated tyres will wear down, and require replacement far sooner than tyres that are well maintained.

Tyre Neglect

Tyres are the interface between all the mechanical workings of a car and the outside world, and as such, ought to be considered an extension of the driver’s foot. Good tyre condition is critical to optimal vehicle control.

Proper air pressure is critical to ride comfort, traction, and fuel efficiency. Insufficient tyre pressure adds friction, which in turn creates drag against the engine, reducing fuel efficiency, and hampering driver control.

Improperly inflated tyres will wear down, and require replacement far sooner than tyres that are well maintained. Continuous driving with improperly inflated tyres may also damage suspension components.

Pressure Washing the Engine

Cleanliness may be a virtue, but it’s one that need not apply to car engines. Modern cars engines are equipped with an array of accessory electrical components, sensors, and interconnected wiring harnesses, all of which could be damaged or dislodged by an errant jet of high-pressure water.

Operating on Low Fuel Levels

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Fuel pumps operate best and last longest when immersed in fuel more often than not.

Most modern cars are equipped with electronic fuel pumps mounted mostly inside the fuel tank. They are typically modular components that include an armature and float mechanism with an electric sending unit that relays information about fuel tank pressure, backflow, and fuel volume levels to the car’s onboard computer system in order to optimize efficiency.

The fuel pump receives both cooling, and lubrication of the pump mechanism, and the electric motor that powers it by immersion in the liquid fuel itself.

Because of this, fuel pumps operate best and last longest when immersed in fuel more often than not. Therefore, it is preferable to operate a car on no less than a quarter of a tank as a normal practice to extend the life of the fuel pump.