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Weird Tips to Help Your Car Go the Distance

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Keeping up with regular maintenance tasks like oil changes, tire rotations, regular checkups, and paying close attention to how well or how not well your vehicle sounds and runs is a good plan to ensure that your vehicle goes the distance.

However, if you want your plan to be great, consider incorporating these tips from Alex Leanse from YourMechanic.com into your car maintenance routine.

What’s on the outside really doesn’t matter, as long as the outside is clean. According to Leanse, washing a vehicle goes beyond making it look pretty; it washes away corrosive elements, like road salt that can severely damage a car’s perfect paint job as well as its more vulnerable underside.


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Avoid letting your car become a catch-all for extra gear, tools, and just stuff. According to Leanse, a car has to work harder for any additional weight. That means a stuffed trunk or overflowing backseat puts an extra, and unnecessary, strain on the suspension, brakes, transmission, and engine.

Although most vehicles today don’t require a long time to warm up, they do need a smidge of time before they hit the road. Leanse advises drivers to let their cars idle for 30-60 seconds after turning the key to “allow the oil to get up to temperature and flow through the engine.” If it is inconceivable to spend that time just sitting, Leanse suggests drivers “drive gently for the first mile or two.”

Once in a while—in the name of engine health—it’s good to floor it, according to Leanse. Allowing the engine to run through its RPM range “helps clean out carbon deposits that can foul the valves, throttle body, intake manifold, and the combustion chamber itself,” explains Leanse.

Drivers should practice this every few hundred miles after fully warming up the engine in a safe area like when merging onto the highway or in a cleared parking lot, according to Leanse.


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News Source: Popular Mechanics