Investing in cars, whether used or new, is like buying a flat or a house among the largest financial costs of every household. In order for the car to serve its owner reliably and as long as possible, it is good to follow some simple principles. Check out our tips on how to keep your car in shape.Tip 1: Keep the engine warm
The reliability and durability of the car has a great impact on how the car is handled. In particular, diesel and today's modern downsizing engines are very sensitive to this. "First of all, it's good to be careful about dialing such an engine at high speeds in cold. The engine usually lasts for ten to fifteen minutes before it is warmed to the correct operating temperature. For turbocharged cars, it is also advisable to let the car idle for a few seconds after stopping, so that the turbo can cool down, " says David Šimčík (Profichip).
Save the car even while riding alone. Try to set the optimum speed range and do not overuse the engine. This is also true in reverse, the engine is not good or undercover. So do not be afraid to reach downhill hills to a lower gear, driving at fifty-five-speed five-speeds below 1500 rpm, a considerable line of motoring does not really benefit.
Like the driving style, it affects the condition of your car and the choice of fuel. Modern engines are sensitive to the quality of gasoline or diesel, and fuel from misleading sources, so you do not have to pay for it, poor fuel can be responsible, for example, for injection failure. The quality of fuel in the Czech Republic is monitored by the Czech Trade Inspection, which is published from time to time by the "offenders" between the filling stations. You may also get poor fuel quality, for example, by lowering power or increasing fuel consumption.
A number of car makers today marketed several variants of one model to increase sales, differing in price, equipment and performance, but the engine base is still the same. Vehicle owners thus opens up another way to improve their shiny darling. "Engine power tolerances left behind by the manufacturer allow them to make chiptuning, or optimization of software in the car's control unit. With this adjustment, it is possible to safely increase the power up to thirty percent without negatively impacting the engine itself or the car warranty. For turbocharged engines, it also affects the consumption of the car. According to the software modification, fuel savings are up to fifteen percent, " explains David Simic.
For a new or just lightly used car, the owners usually have a service book with records of all exchanges of operating fluids or filters and repairs carried out on the car. For an older car that does not have a service book for some reason, then it's time to estimate the time for the oil and filters to be replaced. It is generally advisable to change the oil at the latest after fifteen thousand miles. This will prevent faster engine wear, but also turbochargers whose exchange is a major investment. Rolling does not pay even with the replacement of worn parts. Therefore, do not delay the replacement of the brakes, the distribution system or the battery, because driving them up to the limit of their life is at risk of leaving your car somewhere, and the defective part can cause further damage.
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