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Bad Habits that Car Owners Need to Ignore

Bad Habits that Car Owners Need to Ignore

Are you guilty of leaving the gas tank constantly low? Many car owners are guilty of driving on a low gas tank or low tires pressure. Here are car care tips that every car owner should avoid to keep your vehicle in tip-top-shape.

According to an article at popularmechanics.com, “Car Care Tips”

“Buying a car is a big investment, and for most of us, a car is something we want keep running as long as possible. But sometimes our own bad habits are a car’s worst enemy. Which ones are you guilty of?

Ignoring the Parking Brake

Even if you’re parked on a level surface, there’s really no reason not to use the parking brake. Not engaging the parking brake puts the entire weight of your vehicle on a little piece of metal in the transmission called the parking pawl. It’s only about as big as your finger, so it can wear out or break eventually from holding all that weight. Using the parking brake evens the load, helping delicate transmission components last longer.

Keeping the Gas Tank Low

Lots of us have been in a situation where putting $10 in the gas tank is the best we can do at the time. What you might not know is that ponying up a little extra could help to prevent damaging a car’s fuel system. Many fuel pumps keep cool by staying submerged in the fuel in the tank, so if you’re regularly running at a quarter full or less, you risk speeding up the need for a fuel pump replacement. Paying a little more at the gas station might sting, but it won’t hurt nearly as much as needing a new fuel pump.

Suddenly Shifting From Reverse to Drive

Picture this: you’re backing out of a parking space. The coast is clear, so you flick the shifter and start moving forward. Sound familiar? This might not seem so bad in the moment, but over time sudden direction changes like this can really damage your drivetrain. Instead, come to a complete stop before switching. It only adds a second of time and will save you from future engine, transmission, or axle damage.” To read the entire article click here.

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