Hey guys Larry here.
At present I want to talk about the top ten common but costly mistakes, folks most often, make with their cars, be it consciously or otherwise.These errors, if left unchecked always over a lengthy period, could cause serious problems to both the engine or one a part of the automobile or the other as well as the body paint.
For that reason, the vehicle owner ends up spending extra money to fix the attendant problems than keeping off these mistakes and in some unlucky circumstances, end up being an auto-crash victim which might either lead to a partial or total loss of limbs or even loss of life.
Mistake Number One: STARTING UP AND DRIVING IMMEDIATELY
I see people do this all the time they get in their car, they start it up, and they drive right away. That’s not good for the engine. You need to give the engine at least 10 to 15 seconds to get the oil to the critical components and let the RPMs drop down.
For older cars you should give even more time and in cold weather, you might want to give your car 20 to 30 seconds to start up. Especially when it’s below freezing, the oil is really thick.
What you should do is get in the car, start it up, give it 10 to 15 seconds, put your seat belt on and stuff, and then drive.
Mistake Number Two: NOT WAITING FOR CARS TO WARM UP
I see people make is they start their car, they drive away, and they rev it up or they push the car hard before it warms up You should always wait until your engine gets to operating temperature before you push the car hard or rev it or accelerate quickly.
Obviously, if it’s an emergency situation you got to do what you got to do. But never beat on a cold engine.
Mistake Number Three: PUTTING PREMIUM IN A CAR THAT ONLY NEEDS REGULAR.
You’re not helping your car. There’s no performance benefit. There’s no better fuel economy, nothing. All octane is is the measure of how hard it is for the gasoline to explode. You can see my truck, it says right in the owner’s manual Regular gasoline putting premium won’t help. You can see on my Corvette it says premium recommended, so you could put premium But you could also put regular because it’s not required.
Mistake Number Four: CHANGING YOUR OIL EVERY 3,000 MILES.
Today’s oils are way better than they were back then so that old 3,000-mile oil change is a thing of the past. Today’s oils could last 5,000, 7,500 and even synthetics, they can last up to 15,000 miles.
For a truck you do 7,500-mile intervals for changing the oil and that’s using conventional oil. For a Corvette,you do 5,000-mile intervals. That’s using full synthetic oil, and for a new Fiesta, in the owners manual, it says there’s a 15,000-mile service interval for the oil
Mistake Number Five: NOT INSPECTING YOUR CAR REGULARLY.
It’s important that you inspect your car because you’re driving every day. You can’t just take it for granted that your tires aren’t flat, that your oil is correct, that you have enough coolant, that you have enough windshield wiper fluid. What you should do is that when you’re in a parking lot, instead of going right to your car, go take a walk around it real quick, check all four tires, turn your lights on, turn your flashers on, make sure your blinkers are working, make sure your headlights are working, make sure your taillights are working.
It’s a quick thing, might prevent you from getting a ticket, and it could save your life.
Mistake Number Six: NOT CHECKING TIRE PRESSURE
People don’t check their tire pressure. You want to make sure you don’t over-inflate and you want to make sure you don’t under-inflate. The recommended tire pressure for your car is located on the inside door jam of the driver’s side. You can see here my truck You can see here that my truck recommends 30 PSI. Make sure you check your tire pressure when the temperature changes ten degrees or more.
Mistake Number Seven: NOT CHECKING YOUR CAR TIRES
People don’t look at their tires enough.It’s important to look to see how much tread depth you have left. You can see here i’m using a penny and a quarter. The top of Abe Lincoln’s head is two thirty-seconds of tread left and the top of George Washington’s head is four thirty-seconds. Two thirty-seconds is the legal limit; you don’t want to be anywhere below that and it’s dangerous if you are. The other thing you want to look for is you want to look for any cracks, any slashes, any gouges into the tire.
And the final things is you want to look at the wear on the tire. You can see here on the inside of my tire, it’s worn down a lot, and on the outside, it actually looks good. So if you didn’t take a close look you might think the tires are good, but in reality, these tires need to get replaced. Finally, don’t cheap out on new tires if you get them; you know they’re one of the most important items on your car.
Mistake Number Eight: NOT CHECKING YOUR SPARE TIRE
People don’t check their spare tire,they forget about it, they just leave it there, and then when they need it it’s flat; and what good is a flat spare tire do? Nothing. So you can see here my spare is actually flat So you need to make sure you fill it up with air and also locate where the air is coming out if it’s flat.
Mistake Number Nine: NOT READING OWNER’S MANUAL
People don’t read the owner’s manual. Reading the owner’s manual is one of the most fundamental things when you get a car. It’s simple. It takes two hours to three hours. You read through the whole book. You should know what every button does in your car and what every gauge means in your car.
Also, every car is different. So if you’re driving one car and you move to another, you should know the difference between the two cars.
Mistake Number Ten: IMPROPER CLEANING OF YOUR CAR.
People don’t know how to clean their car properly. One of the things I see people do all the time is they use paper towels on their paint or they don’t use any liquid when they’re using a towel on their paint. You need to have some type of lubricant And you shouldn’t use paper towels when you’re cleaning off your paint. What you should do is you should use a microfiber cloth and have some type of lubricant, so some type of liquid. And because cleaning your car is such a big problem, I would consider another article on the biggest mistakes people do when cleaning their car. So check that out.
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