Hello, guys today I will list out bad habits that will damage your cars. Some of these might be also helpful for two-wheelers.
Do not ignore Parking Brakes/Hand brakes
Never keep your car in gear while at rest, cause it can damage your car’s transmission. If you leave your car in transmission, the whole weight of the car is just held by parking pawl, which is only the size of your finger. Park incline or just on a straight road always remember to put on your hand brakes/parking brakes.
You can first put on the hand brake and leave your car to rest on it, and then you can put on transmission if you want to cause the weight of the car will be resting on your hand brakes.
Resting Your Hand on the Shifter
It feels good to rest your hand on your shifter, feels like a racing driver. But never rest your hand on the shifter. The weight of your hand puts pressure on transmission’s bushings and synchronizes, this cause quick wear of your transmission.
Only Keeping a Small Amount of Fuel in the Tank
Lot of us fill up fuel in cars when it is necessary and avoid keeping fuel. It is fine but regularly running your car with low fuel in your tank can actually cause problems. The car is forced to use the fuel from the bottom of the tank, where there are little particles and debris left off. This small pieces when running to fuel filter can clog up your filter and can cause damage to your engine.
Hauling Unneeded Weight
Always strip out unwanted weight from your car. An extra kg of weight will consume more fuel. I am not saying remove air conditioning, seats or sound system, there are some unwanted things always kept in our car just remove those from your car.
Imagine when you use to drive cycle, it is fun when you just driving around but when u carry your school bags or something extra you need to put more effort while pedalling. It is the same case with car/bike mechanical parts.
Hard Starts and Stops
I know it is exciting to push the full accelerator, the thrust you get is amazing. But you need to brake harder in that case. which is not good for your car. Sudden pushing of the accelerator pedal will consume more fuel, which will lower your mileage. And braking hard will cause wear of brake pads and rotors.
Revving the Engine When It’s Cold
Letting your car sit for a minute or two right after it starts is a good idea. It helps distribute oil throughout the engine and get the engine block and engine oil up to temperature.
Most of us have a practice of revving up our engine in the morning, which is a bad practice. Revving your engine will not speed up the process of warming up. Just leave you car idle for 60 secs before hitting the road and everything is good.
Riding the Clutch
Most people have this habit of pressing down the clutch at the signal waiting for the signal to turn green. It is really a bad practice cause the pressure plate and the flywheel rub against each other. This causes the clutch system to wear off quickly or maybe be a sudden clutch failure.
And also while driving does not keep your foot on the clutch, most people keep the clutch little pressed which do not completely disengage the clutch and causes wear of the clutch system.
Riding on brakes downhill
Pressing brakes downhill will cause the brake pads and rotors to heat up, causing wear and increasing the risk that they will overheat. There is a potential risk of brake failure also. So instead of pressing brakes, lower your gear and keep your car slow if possible. You’ll find that engine braking can be as effective as regular braking in maintaining your downhill speed.
Do not make these mistakes it will increase your maintenance cost. Some of them also apply for two-wheelers. And always drive safe and learn new skills in driving which will be better for you.
Also published on Medium.