Be honest: Are you good to your car? There are lots of ways to show your car some love... and then there are some things you should never do to your car. Here's what they are-- and what to do instead.
1. Putting off recommended maintenance
It sounds obvious, but plenty of people rarely, if ever, check their car's maintenance guidelines. By following the recommendations for the age and mileage on your car, you can keep your car running smoothly and safely-- and save on paying for big repairs later on.
2. Skipping air filter changes
A fresh air filter keeps your engine running smoothly an improves your car's fuel efficiency. Most manufacturers suggest you replace your filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Err on the lower side if you drive in dusty conditions or in stop-and-go circumstances.)
3. Neglecting to check your tires' air levels.
Not having the right tire pressure makes for unsafe driving and reduced fuel efficiency. If you don't have a tire pressure monitoring system, it's likely that your car lists tire pressure requirements on the driver side door post.
4. Having an unqualified person work on your car. Take the time to find a qualified at mechanic. (Keep in mind that you could qualify as "unqualified" if a repair is beyond your skill level.)
5. Running your gas tank down to empty
Doing so cuts the life of the fuel pump.
6. Rarely washing your car
A good wash helps preserve the exterior of your car, which can help preserve your car's resale value.
7. Not stashing an emergency kit
With any luck, you'll never have to use it. But it could be a real lifesaver if you do.
8. Using home glass cleaner on your rear car window
The glass cleaner you use in your home contains ammonia, which can break down those thin red lines that defrost your back window. Use window cleaner designed for cars instead.
9. Driving when the engine is overheated
Overheated engines are especially common when temperatures rise. If your car displays telltale signs of overheating, like steam coming out of the hood or the temperature gauge hovering in the H territory, stop driving ASAP. Continuing could cause serious damage.