Whether your car is brand new or decades old, it’s important to take good care of it if you want to ensure that you get as many years out of it as possible. There are all sorts of things you can do to take care of your car, and every little bit counts.
Perhaps more than any other system in your vehicle, taking care of your engine is essential. Without a properly functioning engine, you’re not going to get very far in your vehicle. Plus, engine repairs are amongst the most expensive you can encounter with just about any car (regardless of age, make, or model). The better care you take of your engine, the longer it will run without the need for costly repairs. If your engine has already bit the dust, though, remember: you can always sell your junk car for quick cash rather than worrying about repairs.
Here’s a list of 3 things you should do in order to keep your engine running for years to come.
Is accelerating in your car fun? Sure. Is it good for your engine, though? Not so much.
One of the fastest ways to wear out your engine is from over-revving it by driving your vehicle aggressively. Ever been at a stoplight and watched the person in front of your peel out into the intersection when it turns green, as if they’re the latest entrant in the Indy 500? That’s what we’re talking about. The more gently you drive your vehicle, the longer it will last.
Have you ever seen someone broken down on the side of the road, hood popped up, smoke and steam wafting out from underneath? Their engine probably overheated. There are all sorts of things that can cause an engine to overheat, including a coolant leak and/or a lack of coolant circulating under the hood. Regardless of what causes it, though, an overheated engine can result in a blown head gasket -- one of the most expensive car repairs around.
When driving, keep an eye on your temperature gauge. If you notice it getting higher than usual, pull over immediately and have your vehicle towed to a mechanic. Never try to drive a vehicle with an engine that’s overheating.
No matter what kind of vehicle you’re driving, it’s important to keep as little in it as possible when driving. If you load your vehicle up with heavy equipment and drive around town in it, you’ll wear out all of its systems faster (including the engine). Sure, there will be times when you need to drive your vehicle fully loaded to its maximum weight rating -- and there’s nothing wrong with doing this occasionally. Whenever possible, though, it’s a good idea to lighten the load in your vehicle as much as possible. This is an easy way to increase gas mileage and save on wear and tear. No matter how much effort you put into preserving your engine and prolonging the life of your vehicle, every car eventually bites the dust. Are you looking to sell your junk car? If so, Rusty's can help. We pay top dollar for junk cars nationwide! Visit our website to learn more.
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