There are things a vehicle owner should do to ensure it isÂ in inÂ the best running condition throughout. Conversely, there are mistakes that vehicle owners make as they try to keep their cars in good condition. This is most likely caused by a lack of knowledge in relation to maintenance and repair of the vehicle. Here are some common mistakes that vehicle owners make:
Changing OilÂ Every 5,000 Kilometres
This is a very common mistake that vehicle owners make. The oil lube companies give their recommendations regarding the oil change but the best advice is derived from the vehicle manufacturer. The ownerâ€™s manual is the best reference to use and under normal circumstances most vehicles are able to cover at least 12,000 kilometres between service intervals. Consequently, the vehicle manufacturer helps you reduce your maintenance costs by spending less money on engine oil. On the other hand, it depends on vehicle usage. You may be forced to change the oil more regularly if you drive it under harsher conditions.
Many vehicle owners will flush the engine coolant every time they change their oil. What is recommended is a coolant flush every 100,000 kilometres or five years. What you need to do is ensure that there is no leak in the coolant reservoir. If you have to keep topping up, check the reservoir for any cracks or holes.
Many vehicle owners use the psi figure on the tire wall to put pressure without knowing that this is the maximum amount of pressure for the tire. The car maker displays the recommended tire pressure on the b pillar of your vehicle, fuel filling door or the glove compartment. You will find information relating to ride comfort, fuel mileage, handling and brakes. The optimum tire pressure will be shown, taking the aforementioned factors into consideration.
Using Premium Fuel Instead of Regular Grade
Regular grade fuel also known as 87 octane is suitable for most vehicles. If you opt for premium fuel, performance will not be enhanced, however it will cost you more.
Engine Warm Up
The idea that you must warm the car engine up prior to driving off is outdated. Once you start driving today, the engine gets warmed up, thus providing the optimum performance in a very short time. It is also recommended that you engage in mild acceleration in the first few kilometres of your journey to avoid engine strain.
Washing your car with detergent ordinarily used for laundry or dishwashing will removeÂ the wax on the bodywork. Get car wash shampoo instead. It will guarantee the wax finish is retained while cleaning the body thoroughly.
Most vehicle owners believe that a battery can be recharged shortly after jump starting. What they do not realise is that a battery has to be charged for hours before it can gain a full charge, even more so in the winter season. Recharging the battery takes longer because of the use of heating and music systems and any other device that require energy from the battery to operate. As such, the alternator retains very little power to recharge the battery in a short period of time. Conversely, battery charging can take several hours even when the battery is not in use.