Safety should be every car owner's priority before stepping into their cars. We all understand the importance of maintenance services: oil changes, tire rotations, spark plugs, windshield wipers, and brake pad replacements. However, there are also some things you should NEVER do to your vehicle. Some of them might be an existing habit that you do now and should stop doing immediately.
Please Avoid Doing the Following to Your Car:
Drive with Flashing Check Engine Light
If your check engine light starts flashing on your dashboard, this is a sign of a severe engine problem. To be safe, please pull over and stop your engine. We highly advise that you get a tow to take your vehicle into a repair shop immediately.
Use Dishwashing Soap to Clean Your Car
Dishwashing liquid is chemically designed to remove grease and sludge off your dishes, not your car! Applying dish soap to your car can strip off the wax and take the shine off your car paint. Do not take the chance because the repair can be costly.
Overfill Your Tires
Most drivers tend to believe that filling your tires a little extra is a precautionary measure. However, overfilling your tires can do more harm than good. It can cause premature tire wear, and you won't be riding smoothly on the road. It would be best to fill it up to what your manufacturer recommends for it to be. The factory recommended pressure for your wheels is labeled on a sticker on the driver's door side.
Ignore Rust Spots
Do not take tiny rust marks lightly. Odds are, the rust is worse than what it may appear. Rust spots usually need to be stripped, filled, and repainted to avoid further damage.
Leave Plastic Bottles in Your Vehicle
We've all been victims of this - leaving drinks in our cars. It is important to remember that liquids expand when they approach freezing temperatures. On the other hand, plastic can also melt in scorching hot climates. Next time you notice an overly hot or cold drink left in the car, please do yourself a favor and throw it out.
Consider these tips as a wake-up call, as some of these habits are very hazardous. For any auto repair or service, call or visit Guthrie’s Auto Service today!