Important Ways to Extend the Life of Your Car

September 04, 2018

Important Ways to Extend the Life of Your Car

Like any other mechanical device, your car will eventually suffer breakdowns and parts will wear out. This will happen regardless of how well you have maintained it. It is simply a fact of life. Not only are some cars more reliable than others but there are also components that are more critical for maintenance when it comes to the longevity of your car.

This is especially true when it comes to your PCM (powertrain control module), your engine control module, your transmission control unit, and your engine control unit. These are the computers and important devices that can make or break whether your car will run properly or suffer multiple breakdowns throughout its lifespan.

So what can a car owner do to make sure his or her car runs as efficiently as possible into old age? Here are a few important things that all good car owners should know to do to extend the life of their car.

Keep Track of the Service Schedule

We all know that proper maintenance is important for your car to run its best. But life gets busy and we can forget some things like car maintenance. The manufacturer of your car has set out a list of specifics that should be done at certain time intervals. These are typically at 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 mile intervals. You can get this information from logging on to your car manufacturer’s website or consulting your owners manual. Some companies even keep you updated for maintenance service by email.

It’s the Little Things That Matter

Most of us know when to change our oil. But how about monitoring things like tire pressure? Safe tire pressures can change from season to season. What about that little squeal or light thumping? Pay attention. These little sounds can alert you to big potential problems. Fix any minor problems promptly before they become big ones.

Old Dad’s Tale

Remember Dad telling you to let the engine warm up? Turns out, Dad was right. Letting the engine run for a while gives the oil enough time to coat all those moving parts. The expert technicians at AutoPCMS suggest you wait at least 30 seconds before putting your car in gear.

Clean It Up

Clean your engine annually, You may not care how your engine looks but any dirt and grime buildup can not only cause problems but that extra wear can reduce the lifespan of the engine.

Avoid Short Trips

Although the less you drive, the longer your car will last, it’s also important to know that every cold start is wear and tear on the engine. If the engine doesn’t run long enough, condensation doesn’t have time to evaporate and can cause problems. Make sure you drive your car once a week and cut down on short errands.

Upgrade Your Car’s Computer Systems

Your vehicle’s computer systems are foundational to the performance of your car. If you find that your car isn’t running the way it should, consider an upgrade to your computer systems. The professionals at AutoPCMS would be glad to talk to you about how upgrading your computer electronics can give your car a new lease on life. We have a wide selection of replacement PCMs, ECMs, TCMs, and ECUs for nearly any make and model of car on the road today. Call us today at 1-800-886-9926.