When your car breaks down, it is an indication that something is wrong. The breakdown could be caused by wear and tear or your own personal ignorance. Either way, it can cost you quite some money to get it fixed and ensure it is up and running again. You cannot do much for wear and tear but there are some habits you can change to reduce the part you play in the breakdown. In order to change, you need to know what you are doing wrong. Below are a few examples:
1. Skipping service
Every car needs to be taken for service every once in a while. This is to run a diagnostic check to ensure that everything is working as it should. During service, they repair what is wrong with the car and change the parts that are worn out such as the breaks or shocks. This enables your car to last longer. However, if you miss the service dates or ignore repair warnings, you end up pushing your car to the limit. When it breaks down, the damage may be irreparable and it will therefore be more expensive to repair.
2. Lack of proper equipment
Lack of the appropriate equipment suited to our vehicle model and type is likely to cause you unnecessary heartache and extra costs. This includes the tools used to repair puncture and even diagnostic tools. If you use the wore wheel spanner, you might end up breaking the tire bolts or making them wear out. If you use the wrong jack, you may damage the body of the car. In the same way, if you use the wrong diagnostic tool, you could damage your car’s computer.
3. Ignoring tire pressure
The tire pressure is very important. It indicates some problems with the car such as a puncture. It should be the same for both wheels or different for the front and back wheels. It depends on the car model and the instruction manual. It is important to constantly keep watch on the tire pressure and ensure that it does not drop too much. If it does, it could cause an imbalance in the vehicle, making it easier to lose control of when driving. Make sure to put the amount of pressure recommended, not more or less.
4. Low quality spare parts
In most vehicles, one specific part usually needs replacement before the others. Rather than buy a new car, it is cheaper to replace the individual part. The price of the part would depend on the manufacturer and model of the car in question. Some are quite pricy. To avoid paying a hefty amount, you may end up buying a generic model of the same. It is cheaper but some of them are not approved. They may end up causing worse problems in the vehicle as they interrupt the working of the other parts. You will end up spending more.