Yo! My name is Adam and this is my cool new auto blog. I live with my parents in the suburbs of Sydney. It might not seem pretty cool living with your parents, but I am planning to move out soon. One massive advantage of living with my parents is that I can save a lot of money to invest in my new car. As well as the extra money in my pocket, I also benefit from lots of advice from my dad who is an auto mechanic. He has helped me to fine-tune and to add accessorises to my auto so it looks really ace.
Do you consider yourself to be a model citizen and someone who always does the right thing, without question? Do you believe that you look after your possessions properly and get the best value for money possible out of all your acquisitions? This may well be the case in most circumstances, but it could be that you are falling down when it comes to looking after your automobile properly. How could some of your "less than perfect" habits be costing you money here?
Don't Be in a Rush
It's certainly true to say that the modern-day automobile is far more efficient and hardy than many of its predecessors from a decade or so ago. However, this does not mean that the car is bullet-proof, and you should always let the vehicle warm up before using it. Many people simply jump in and drive off without waiting in the morning, as they are in a rush to get to work. However, this does not allow the oil to circulate throughout the system and warm up so that it can safely lubricate all those expensive, moving parts. Over time, this additional friction will cause issues.
Believe the Manufacturer
Speaking of the oil, what specific product does your vehicle manufacturer recommend? They are not all the same by any means, and you shouldn't use a cut-price brand in an attempt to save money.
Should You Change Your Habits?
What are your driving habits like? If you have a manual transmission, do you tend to rest your foot on the clutch pedal as you're driving? This will cause unnecessary wear and tear to the clutch plate, and you should keep your foot where it belongs, on the floor. Also, always let the vehicle came to a complete stop before you move the stick from forward to reverse. If you don't, you can cause an unnecessary strain on the transmission, which could result in an unneeded visit to your mechanic.
Using the Right Liquids
If you buy a different brand of engine oil just because it's cheaper, it is possible that you also fill the radiator with ordinary water instead of the proper "stuff." Once again this seems smart, but the manufacturer will recommend coolant or antifreeze that is designed to cope with extreme temperatures during the various seasons. You want to avoid any tendency for the engine to overheat in summer or for the water to potentially freeze in winter and damage the internal components.
Getting Professional Tips
If you have any other questions about your driving habits, have a word with your friendly mechanic about your car service needs.