The 10 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car
And some missed signals cost more than others.A new report by CarMD.com, which is based on survey of professional mechanics, details exactly which maintenance mistakes they say cause the most damage.
1. Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance2. Ignoring the “check engine” light
3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time4. Not checking tire pressure 5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services
6. Continuing to drive when the vehicle is overheating
7. Not changing fuel and air filters8. Having unqualified shops service your vehicle
9. Using generic aftermarket parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-quality parts
10. Trying to service your own high-tech vehicleThe best example of the snowball effect of missed
The trouble with dirty oil is that it doesn't jibe well with the high-tech engines in today's modern vehicles, according to Art Jacobsen, CarMD vice president, and can lead to engine failure if left ignored for too long.The old go-to rule for oil changes was to refresh every 3,000 miles. But most experts agree drivers should go by the schedule their car's manufacturer dictates instead.
"Frequent oil changes do not necessarily mean better performance or longer engine life," CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen told The Auto Channel.SEE ALSO: These are the coolest cars you'll find for less than $18,000 >
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