Having your car serviced regularly is one of the most important things you can do to extend its life. To this end, the service booklet for each car model contains recommendations for service intervals, both in terms of time and mileage.
Park your car in the garage rather than outside
When parking your car, opinions are unanimous: it is advisable to park your car in the garage or in a parking lot, a shed or a box. This allows to preserve the bodywork, since the sun’s rays but also the moons can deteriorate your vehicle, and in particular the paint / the bodywork. More than the heat, it is the humidity which is the number 1 enemy of your car. It will indeed weaken the chassis of the vehicle, and cause corrosion. It can also get into the fuel and brake fluid. Rust is also a risk, which will attack the axles, the shock absorbers or the triangles. As you can see, to preserve your car, it is important to put it under cover and to park your vehicle on dry ground.
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Check your tires regularly: we can’t say it enough: checking your tires is imperative, both to know the condition of your tires and to ensure safe driving. Indeed, a tire pressure that is too high or too low will result in faster wear. Similarly, a poorly installed tire suspension will cause tire abrasion, and can also be dangerous in terms of safety. Be sure to check all four tires: if you drive with unevenly worn tires, you run the risk of damaging your vehicle’s steering and transmission.
Do not forget the aesthetics!
Finally, often wrongly neglected, it is important to pay attention to the aesthetics of your car. Remove dirt to reduce the appearance of rust, wash the bodywork regularly to keep the paintwork looking good. The exterior of the vehicle must be maintained as carefully as its technical components! Washing your vehicle regularly, in a car center or at home, will allow you to take note of any anomalies. This dirt can become real stains that will become very difficult to remove over time if you let them settle. Note that the interior of the car must also be maintained frequently. By following these simple tips, you should be able to keep your car longer, and thus ease your wallet.
The clutch must be a point of vigilance. Too much use of the clutch could have serious consequences on your car, and therefore reduce its life. Avoid keeping your foot on the clutch pedal while driving, or disengaging the clutch at red lights or stops. Also, beware of slipping when starting on a hill, choose to use the handbrake instead. Similarly, anticipate slowing down so as not to brake too hard, and avoid heavy acceleration. This will not only reduce your fuel consumption, but also limit the wear of your brake pads.