These factors are killing your car slowly!

By Chris Odogwu
Publish on September 11, 2019

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The longer the lifespan of your car, the more you enjoy your money's worth. Check out these factors that are giving your car a slow death unknown to you!

Owning a car is not a one-off activity. After the purchase comes the maintenance. This aspect is just as important as the purchase, if not more. The desire of every car buyer is that the purchased car will serve them for long, until they will want to dispose it or have it changed. Having your car give you trouble when you have barely enjoyed it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

The first step to having a long-lasting car is to acknowledge that your car has a health system. And this health requires proper care and attention for optimal performance. The moment you begin to neglect it, you set the car up for illness.

As you take care of your body, you need to make out time to take care of your car too. Otherwise, its health will deteriorate, forcing you to park it up. Naijauto is here to ensure that you enjoy your money’s worth by giving you all the tips you need for a healthy car.

Below are 6 mistakes that can damage your car by degrees!

1. Ignoring check engine light

The check engine light is dreaded by many car users. And that is because, when it comes on, something is wrong. But, would you rather be informed of an impending danger or be taken unawares? The former allows you to tackle the problem immediately.

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The check engine light notifies you of impending danger

The check engine light is your friend, not your enemy. A good friend looks out for you. Sometimes, the problem the check engine light is drawing your attention to is minor, but if you ignore it, it could get worse. Try to figure out what the problem is, and fix it immediately.

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2. Neglecting filters and fluids

Car fluids and filters work hand in hand. Your car needs fluids to function. The fluids serve as lubricant. They give it the nutrients it needs, and lubricate mechanical parts for smooth movements. These fluids get old over time, and lose their efficacy. When they are not changed, they begin to cause harm to the car engine.

Filters prevent dirt and other harmful objects from getting into the fuel tank. As a result of its function, the filter accumulates a lot of unwanted substances. Hence, it requires a change from time to time. Ignoring these objects create room for unknown substances to ruin your car engine and other mechanical components.

3. Abandoning tires

Car tires are not to be fixed and forgotten. They require the right amount of air at all times to function effectively. Due to the tedious workings of tires, they tend to get worn out easily. Having your tires burst on the highway can be fatal.

Take a close look at your tires from time to time. If they look deflated, have them refilled. Also, rotate your times periodically, preferably every six months. Bring the back tires to the front, so they can be even with the ones that were in the front initially, for even balance.

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4. Not adhering to maintenance schedule

Every car manual has a recommended maintenance schedule. The manufacturer understands the strength of the car more than you do, hence, mapped out a schedule for you. Issues may arise in your car within a certain period of time. If you follow the maintenance schedule, such issues will be figured out before they cause more damage. The more you let hidden problems linger, the faster your car dies.

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Regualr visits to the mechanic workshop helps you identify hidden problems

5. Rough driving

The road is not a race track. You are not competing with anyone over who is a better driver. Drive as best as you can. Remember, your car has a health system. Handling it roughly causes damage to it.

Do not exceed the recommended speed limit. Drive slowly on bad roads. You car is at a higher risk of damage due to the rough surface of such roads.

6. Engaging a non-expert mechanic 

Having a non-expert mechanic repair or service your car is like having a quack medical doctor treat you when you are sick. He/she could cause more damage to your system leading to your death. Do not let a mechanic you are not a hundred percent sure of to touch your car. Search for a mechanic that specializes in fixing your car brand.

>>> Always check for handy car maintenance tips and safe driving advice on Naijauto.com!

Chris Odogwu is a freelance Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication (Public Relations and Advertising major) from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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