Having your car scrapped comes with a whole host of advantages, but you’ll obviously want to keep your motor for as long as possible. With that in mind, make sure you don’t skip these vital servicing tasks.
- Align Your Wheels
It only makes sense to have your wheels aligned once every 3000 – 6000 miles. Skipping this task is never a good idea. Poorly aligned wheels will mean that one is dragging slightly, and that can be much harder to notice than you might suspect.
When your wheels are out of alignment, performance and efficiency will both suffer, and multiple parts of the vehicle will be placed under additional and unnecessary strain. That can dramatically reduce the lifespan of your vehicle, or even put it out of action altogether.
- Change Your Fluids
Your vehicle’s various fluids, such as motor oil, braking fluid, and coolant, perform vital roles. Most importantly, they help cool the vehicle and prevent parts from grinding against each other by providing lubrication. If the vehicle overheats or has two parts grinding up against each other, long-term damage is sure to follow.
Additionally, fluids that aren’t regularly replaced will tend to absorb some of the contaminants that they are meant to clean away. This will affect their ability to perform correctly, something that can lessen your control over the vehicle and create internal damage.
- Have Your Transmission Inspected
There probably isn’t a driver on the planet who isn’t aware of the importance of their engine, but few people give as much thought to their vehicle’s transmission system. This is a big mistake; the transmission system is one of the most important parts of your vehicle.
It’s also one of the most complex and difficult to fix, and many manufacturers don’t even build separate transmission systems to be used for repairs since they are expected to last the life of the vehicle. If yours experiences significant damage, it could be the end of the road for your whole car, so make sure you have your transmission looked at frequently.
- Check/Replace Car Batteries
Don’t be tempted to scrimp on buying a high quality car battery. You should think of your replacement and rechargeable battery as an investment because you might otherwise have to replace a cheap battery more often than one which costs a bit more. Replacing cheap batteries more often just leads to spending more money because you also have to consider other added costs of changing your depleted battery, like the labour. Worse, if you can’t even drive to your nearest battery centre to have your worn battery changed, the callout fee to have a battery specialist sent to you will add even more costs to changing your battery.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that taking care of these servicing tasks will mean that you’ll be able to stay in your current driver’s seat for years to come, but doing so will dramatically increase the chances of that happening.