When filling your gas tank, avoid topping off. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out. Stop pumping at the first indication that your tank is full when the automatic nozzle clicks off.
With temperatures at an all time high, remember that tires can lose more air in hot weather. Underinflated tires can result in accelerated wear and poor driving performance. Check your tire pressure often and add air as needed.
Warming your engine in the driveway may not be a good idea. The engine does not operate at its peak temperature, resulting in incomplete fuel combustion, soot deposits on cylinder walls, oil contamination, and ultimately damaged components.
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Put less strain on your engine and automatic transmission by shifting to neutral at red lights. Otherwise the engine is still trying to push the car even while it is stopped.
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Drive with your headlights on during the daylight hours have a decreased risk of being in an accident with another automobile.
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Create smaller blind spots by adjusting your mirrors. Set your rear view mirror as you normally would, then tilt it upward so you sit up straight. Lean your head against the driver’s window then set your left mirror so you can see the back corner of your car. Do the same for the right mirror.
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Warning signs that you might have problems with your engine oil. If you have thick globs on the dipstick when you check the oil it means you could be developing sludge. This thick jelly-like substance can block oil-ways and lubrication channels.
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Clean the battery posts or terminals. Loosen and remove the negative cable(black or minus sign) first, the the red positive cable. Use a brass wire battery bruch dipped in a paste made from a few tablespoons of baking soda and a little water.
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Wash your engine every year or two. A clean engine runs cooler than a dirty one. Remember to protect sensitive engine components-including the air intake, distributor, and electrical parts-with plastic bags before getting started. Use dish-washing components surfaces. Rinse thoroughly, you can also use heavy-duty engine cleaning products be sure to follow the directions carefully.
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Check your battery regularly to extend its life and avoid the hassle of being stranded with a dead battery.
Keep your battery clean, a dirty case an actually cause current to drain wipe with a damp rag and use a mild detergent if necessary.
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