Despite your best intentions, you could damage your car without realizing it. This is definitely frustrating, as this car damage could come up when you least expect it, and it usually comes as a result of long-standing practices. Here are some ways you could cause car damage without realizing it:
USING THE WRONG ENGINE OIL
The viscosity of engine oil affects how the oil does its job. Furthermore, each car engine is designed with a specific engine oil viscosity in mind, and there is a lot of difference between 5W-30 and 10W-30 engine oil. Therefore, always stick to the manufacturer’s recommendation for your car’s engine oil type.
LETTING YOUR FUEL TANK RUN LOW
You should never let your fuel tank run close to empty. Keep your fuel tank at least ¼ full at all times, to avoid fuel pump and engine issues down the road. This would also ensure that you do not get stranded on the side of the road with no fuel in your car.
IGNORING THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
This could be something minor, but if left unattended to it could lead to serious car damage. Always investigate potential problems in your car, r take the car to your mechanic to have it checked out.
IGNORING WEIRD SOUNDS
Knocking sounds in the engine, squealing brakes, grinding metal – these are typically warning signs that a driver should never ignore. Such action would cost the driver a lot more money in the long run.
NOT USING THE PARKING BRAKE
The parking brakes lock the wheels on a car, ensuring that it does not roll or move when parked. They also help to protect the transmission when the car is parked. The vehicle is not meant to be held in place by the transmission, therefore ensure that you make use of the parking brakes.
FILLING YOUR RADIATOR WITH JUST WATER
The purpose of antifreeze/coolant is to keep the water in your car from freezing in cold weather or overheating in hot weather. Either of these conditions can cause a breakdown and serious car damage. Make sure you use a 50/50 mix of water and coolant or antifreeze as recommended.
NOT SLOWING DOWN FOR SPEED BUMPS OR AVOIDING POT HOLES
Hitting a speed bump too fast or running over a pot hole will damage your shock absorbers, suspension and wheel alignment. These can be avoided by simply being a bit more careful. Slow down for speed bumps and swerve around a pot hole.