Good to be here again, car enthusiasts.
This week, we are digressing from our series of mainstream discourse to discuss simple but very important “unholy” acts car owners regularly practices which affects their cars negatively in one way or the other. We have compiled for you in a bid to let car owners/users educate themselves on better car care. Read, comment and share;
1. Accelerating aggressively hard on a cold engine.
During cold weather or when the engine temperature is still at the cold mark range, the oil is heavier and flow would not be effective. Aggressive driving in this situation starves the major components of the engine especially the engine top, causing serious wear and tear. Avoid revving when the engine is cold.
2. Incorrect tyre pressure.
This is very common. When you over inflate your tyres, it causes additional stress on the suspension and heat build up in the tyres due to extra-flexing. The engine works harder, reducing fuel economy and thus, engine wear is imminent if this becomes a regular practice. Stick to vehicle pressure specifications.
3. Oil changes and servicing.
The engine oil is the live wire of your car. Oil degrades and the reduction in oil level is due to the thinner high quality oil getting burned or just seeping out of the engine; the sludge, grime and metal particles build up in the residue. Topping up is not the same as changing the oil. The oil level is dangerously low in so many cars on the road today. Daily, check your oil levels.
4. Embarking on short journeys.
Driving within short distances affect the performance of the engine negatively. With this, the operating temperature does not reach it’s designed capacity, hence carbon build up, sludge and reduction in fuel economy with damages to the catalytic converter imminent. Always ensure car warms up before driving.
5. Not washing your car when dirty.
This is a little contentious but the aspect of corrosion cannot be over emphasized. Corrosion takes effect more easily on a car which is covered with a layer of dirt, especially during the raining season. Periodic washing of your vehicle is necessary at this time of the year.
Share your views below on what other acts that can damage a car in the long run.
Written by Adeniyi Balogun