9 Ways You’re Killing Your Car Without Realizing It

Overloading the Car


 

It’s great that you found a sedan with a roomy trunk, but do you really have to load the entire contents of your bedroom closet into the back end when you want to go away for the weekend? Loading down your car with unnecessary items will only serve to make it slower, and less efficient. Pack what you really need, and leave the rest at home. The long term health of your vehicle will thank you.

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Not Changing the Oil!



It’s incredible, really
. One of the first things that everyone learns about car ownership is the the oil needs to be changed at regularly scheduled intervals to keep the engine running right. And still many people ignore that information! Your car costs tens of thousands of dollars – most oil changes are well under $100. Take the time to change your oil. Please.

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Ignoring the Warning Signs


 

Does your car sound different today than it did yesterday? Something is wrong. Period. There is no reason for your car to make a different running noise unless something has changed under the hood – and changes in an engine are never for the better. As soon as you hear something that doesn’t sound right, get the car in to a mechanic for a checkup. The sooner you take the car in, the better your chances of minimizing the damage and avoiding a major repair bill.

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