Owning that top of the range-Toyota vehicle that you’ve always wanted can be a dream or nightmare depending on how well you take care of it. Unfortunately, there are six major mistakes that all drivers tend to make and should avoid if they are to keep their dream car in good repair. These common vehicle maintenance mistakes are:
- Ignoring the check engine light.
Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs which unfortunately may gobble a lot of money in this current economic situation. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting your car’s fuel economy.
- Failing to change fluids and filters.
Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of your vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with your filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs well and extends its end of life.
- Neglecting your tires.
Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, which could be very costly and can negatively impact safety, your fuel mileage and the performance of your vehicle.
- Not following a service schedule.
This is the most important factor because many Zimbabweans do not follow a servicing schedule at all. Many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, high end vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road. Why not make your secretary or assistant keep a record and remind you of the service schedule.
- Keeping a dirty car.
Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, especially when you take that long dusty road that leads to a farm. This dirt increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
- Being a severe driver.
Whether it’s stop and go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limits. Avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items, and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.
Because auto care isn’t always a top priority for car owners, you might not realize you are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of their car, Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment.