After our homes, cars are likely the most costly thing that any of us will buy. If it’s not, it’s definitely up there in terms of high investment and maintenance costs. That’s why it’s essential to take care of your vehicle in every way possible to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. The experts at Seabreeze Ford are ready to offer you some recommendations and insider tips on protecting your car to make it last longer.
#1: Cut down on short driving trips
This is not typically something car owners consider when it comes to ensuring the lifespan of their vehicle. However, it can go a long way to save the life of your engine. But what is meant by short driving trips anyway?
Well, in this case, it means a trip 10 minutes or less. Driving less than 10 minutes doesn’t allow your engine to reach its full operating temperature. Why does that matter? Well, when your car sits overnight, the water vapor produced by your engine condenses and sits in your engine and in the oil. This can cause rust and oil dilution, which shortens the engine’s life. However, on a regular trip over 10 minutes, your engine is able to fully heat up and turn the water back into a vapour.
A solution for frequent short driving trips include changing your oil more frequently or simply planning to walk or use a bicycle for these trips instead.
#2: Wash away salt on your car
It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer when you live in New Jersey, the salt will wreak havoc on your vehicle. We all know that in winter time, salted roads are necessary for safe driving conditions. This salt can cause corrosion on the underside of your vehicle, as well as eat away the paint on your car. In the summer, if you plan on spending time near the beach, ocean dew and the salty humidity can also cause rust and corrosion.
So, what are the best ways to get rid of salt on your car? Wash and wax the paint regularly. We’d recommend washing off the salt in winter at least every two weeks, especially if there has been a lot of bad road conditions, whereas waxing can be done every 3 months. And there is always the option to rust proof your vehicle as well. Today, rust proofing also can act to protect your car from other chemicals found on the road too.
#3: Use high quality, synthetic motor oil and filters during oil changes
If you want to protect your car from kicking the bucket early, coughing up the extra cash for high quality, synthetic motor oil and filters during your regular oil change is a must. As opposed to petroleum-based motor oil, synthetics are less likely to degrade at higher engine temperatures and also remain more fluid in colder ones.
Going for the higher quality oil filter is also a smart choice since they work better in removing particulates from the engine oil. If you’re not sure which products are best, simply ask your mechanic for more information or recommendations for your vehicle.
#4: Lighten your load
Not only will this increase the longevity of your vehicle, it will also save you money on gas mileage. Extra weight in your trunk can take a toll on the suspension, brakes and exhaust of your vehicle. So, reduce the amount of unnecessary stress on your car by removing heavy objects from your truck immediately after transporting.
#5: Cover it up
If you have access to a parking garage, that’s another great way to protect your car to make it last longer. Alas, this isn’t always the case or can be expensive depending on where you live. But there are other ways in which to cover and protect your vehicle if a garage isn’t possible. You can also invest in a carport or simply a protective car cover, which even offers UV protection!
#6 Get regular check-ups
Just like for your own health, your car needs regular checkups as well. It may seem like a hassle or an added expense to follow a maintenance schedule for your vehicle, especially when your car seems fine. But just because it’s operating doesn’t mean it’s operating at its best. Preventative maintenance can add 50,000 miles to your car’s lifespan, as well as prevent unnecessary accidents from occurring. When was the last time your car had a maintenance check up?
CTA: To schedule maintenance on your Ford vehicle, call 732-681-1600 today!