When a car is brought home, it no more remains a machine but becomes a part of the family and a companion for life. Even a small dent or breakdown causes deep grief to the owners.
The misery is compounded when the heart of the car – its engine – is in trouble. There may be many small things you inadvertently do while driving that can adversely affect the engine. Let’s look at some of them.
Not letting the engine get ready
Circulation of oil is the first thing that happens as soon as a car starts. This circulation takes about a minute or two and should be done without disturbing the engine. Once the circulation is complete the drivers can accelerate and move. If the engine is allowed to move before that, it can cause unnecessary friction on parts and put strain on the engine. And if this is done regularly, it can result in damaging the expensive components of the car.
Riding the brake and clutch
A good driver always avoids applying brakes every now and then. Maintaining a constant speed can avoid the constant use of brakes and also save the brake pads and discs from wear and tear. Unnecessary application of brakes might also damage the rotors and drums. Worn our discs, rotors or drums can make the brakes less effective during an emergency.
Riding on the clutch is another common but damaging habit that a driver develops while moving through traffic. Although it’s easy to put one’s feet on the clutch plate and move slowly, it can cause unnecessary wearing out of the clutch plates. Learning the art of not putting your feet on the clutch plate can save a lot of cost that can be incurred in clutch repair.
Constant speeding can result in a weak engine
Constant speeding causes unnecessary heating and friction in the car’s engine and pressure on other parts like tyres. Maintaining a constant and optimal driving speed puts less pressure on the car’s engine parts ensuring a longer and better engine life.
Avoiding regular maintenance
Human body needs regular maintenance and so do machines. Therefore servicing and checkup of your vehicles should happen regularly. Ignoring this may lead to many problems and dig a bigger hole in the pocket. Frequent oil change and sticking to regular servicing schedule should be some of the regular practices that you need to adopt in order to give a healthy life to your car.
Bringing turbo engines to a sudden stop
Turbocharging as the name suggests provides additional power to the engine. These engines are efficient and economical and provide good mileage to the car. But at the same time, these engines get very hot when the car is driven hard. Therefore, if a car has a turbo charging engine it should not be shut down immediately, especially after a long drive. If the engine is shut off immediately, the oil in the turbine boils, damaging the internal components of this compressor. So if one has a turbocharged vehicle, it should be driven gently and left idle for a minute before shutting it down.