Some people do some pretty dumb things with their cars. In this article we will discuss about a few of car maintenance mistakes you should never do to your car. Auto maintenance is very much recommended however at the same time, mistakes in maintaining your car must be avoided.
Never Jump start your car backward
The first advise “never jumpstart your car backwards”. If you look at your car battery you’ll see one side has a + sign on the other side has a – sign on it. SO when you are jump starting a car, get red cable on positive terminal of external battery and black on the negative terminal. Connect other end of red to the positive terminal of your car battery and black to the negative terminal. Sometimes it’s easy to tell which terminal of your car battery is positive because it has a big + sign. Similarly negative terminal have – sign. But many car batteries have the markings under the battery terminal. If battery terminal signs are not visible and if you don’t know which is which, remove the battery terminals out of the way so you can see which is + and what is -.
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If battery is connected in wrong way, it can lead serious electrical problems in your car. It can destroy the alternator it can destroy the main computer of the car and it can fry all kinds of stuff so never jump start a car backwards. It only takes a few seconds to check and put the positive on the positive and negative on the negative.
Don’t Run car with Empty Fuel tank
Now the next dump thing many people do is running a car out of gas. If the car is running out of gas put some gas in. Don’t try to start a car that’s run out of gas and here’s why
If gas gauge really is on empty and the car won’t start. Stop it right there because if you keep cranking engine with a car out of gas, the fuel pump will suck air and burn itself up. The gasoline lubricates the bearings in the electric pump and if you run out of gas it sucks air and it will burn.
If the fuel pump is burnt, pull up the gas tank and change the pump assembly and some of these costs hundreds of dollars. Due to this reason, new cars have fuel pumps inside the gas tank
Change Engine oil frequently
Next maintenance mistake is that people don’t change the oil frequently enough.
There are lots of cases of engine burning because the oil has not been changed on time. In modern vehicles it is more important to change the oil frequently or on time because of they have VVFT engines. VVFT (variable valve timing) engines have tiny hole in it and oil has to go through it. If something clogs up there, it needs lots of effort and dollars fixing them.
In case of conventional motor oil, it needs to be filtered and changed every three or four thousand miles. The car manual may suggest longer periods but experience have shown that if oil should be changed according to above mentioned time, engine problems are almost nullified. However, if you are one of those people who forget to change the oil, use fully synthetic oil is as it needs to be changed after every seven or eight thousand miles.
Never forget to change coolant
And the last car maintenance mistake I’m going to talk about is the failure to change the coolant in car. Coolant is
frequently used and should be changed regularly. Modern engines have lots of aluminum parts. Although they don’t rust but it corrodes very badly if the anti-corrosion part of antifreeze breakdown. Therefore it’s very important to change antifreeze coolant on time. In case of conventional antifreeze, it should be changed once every three years. Extended life antifreeze can be changed after every 5 years but don’t forget to change it. .
Now you know, learning from others mistake you can run your car smoothly on the road. Auto maintenance is good but wrong vehicle maintenance is worst.