Essential Tips for Extending Your Car’s Lifespan

Car ownership is one of the most expensive investments you’ll make, but you can delay its replacement by extending its lifespan. Regular maintenance and proactive care can reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle and make it last as long as possible. The team at Sunco Protective Films has put together our best tips to keep your business looking and running its best for as long as possible.

Invest in Regular Maintenance

Grab your vehicle’s owner’s manual and pay attention to any important notes about vehicle care and replacements. For example, your manufacturer may recommend replacing the oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid once you hit 100,000 miles. You should always address even small checks like rotating and balancing your tires.

Remember the Exterior of Your Vehicle

The exterior of your car also needs attention and care. Instead of leaving your paint’s shine and depth up to chance, invest in paint protection film (PPF) and ceramic coatings. They protect and enhance your vehicle’s aesthetics, reduce scratches and damage, prevent UV oxidation, and keep it looking incredible for the long run. Sunco Protective Films also offers vinyl wraps for enhanced vehicle protection that lasts.

Check Your Car’s Fluids Regularly

We already talked about the need to replace your fluids at around 100,000 miles. But they still require attention and care. Check the levels of engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant on a regular basis, and top them as needed.

Replace Your Filters

Your car’s filters are an integral part of keeping it running for as long as possible. Car filters prevent contaminants from entering the engine and fuel system. When you replace them regularly, you can prolong the engine’s life and improve its performance. If your filters are dirty or clogged, you may hear strange noises coming from your engine and experience issues like black smoke from the exhaust.

Monitor Tire Pressure and Alignment

When you neglect your tires, they can make it difficult to drive and cause unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle. Poor air pressure causes your vehicle to pull to one side or another. When the pressure varies from one tire to another, it can also cause the height and overall alignment to shift. Over time, you’ll notice an uncomfortable ride that could be unsafe to drive.

Inspect Belts and Hoses

Checking hoses and belts as part of your ongoing car care helps you avoid engine problems. Although they’re out of sight and out of mind, they take on incredible responsibility for your vehicle. When you neglect your belts and hoses, you could end up with a car that overheats and leaves you in danger.

Drive as Smoothly as Possible

You may not realize your driving habits have a great deal of influence on how your engine and tires perform and how long they last.  Although sudden acceleration is a normal part of driving, avoid making sporadic acceleration, harsh breaking, and excessive idling part of your daily routine. You’ll reduce engine strain and keep your vehicle in top condition.

Don’t Overload Your Car

When you overload your car with excessive weight, you put pressure on the body and tires. Too much pressure can lead to damage to your tread and blowouts. Even if you’re being careful, a lot of weight wears out your tires faster and could cause an accident while driving.

Use Quality Parts and Fluids

Sometimes parts and fluids are fine to skimp on. Using a recommended, but generic, windshield washer is usually fine. But you should never cut corners on replacing parts and fluids. They should always meet or exceed the specifications set by your manufacturer to ensure your vehicle lasts as long as possible.

Prevent Fading with Window Tinting

Don’t forget about the interior of your car.  Investing in high-quality window tinting is more than a style preference. It can directly reduce how much the color of your interior fades. Window tint also protects your electronics’ screens from damage and reduces the heat and reliance on air conditioning. As a result, you could lower the fuel economy and strain on your vehicle.

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Ready to Invest in Vehicle Protection Care?

Are you ready to take the next step and invest in vehicle protection care, ceramic coatings, PPF, or our other vehicle protection services? Sunco Protective Films offers a wide range of services to protect and enhance the appearance of your vehicle, including vinyl wraps, paint protection film, ceramic coatings, paint correction, and window tinting services. Ready to maximize the appearance of your vehicle for eye-catching results? Schedule your ceramic-coated car service today.