Extending the Life of Your Car or Truck | Tips & Tricks from the Experts
Take It Easy on Your Vehicle During the Break-In Period
The first 1,000 to 1,500 miles are the most crucial for determining the lifespan of your vehicle. During this time, remember to:
- Keep your speed under 55mph
- Avoid heavy loads
- Avoid idling
- Use light to medium acceleration
Drive With Care Every Day
Even after the break-in period, it’s important to drive with care every day. In return, your car or truck will reward you with fewer repairs and a longer lifespan. Driving with care every day includes:
- Accelerating slowly
- Avoiding driving at high speeds.
Be Gentle When You’re Stuck
If you ever find yourself stuck in a snow bank, mud, etc. it’s important to be careful. If gently rocking doesn’t free your vehicle, you’ll need to call a tow truck. When you throw your car from forward to reverse repeatedly, as well as spinning your tires at high speeds, you can generate a lot of heat that will spell trouble for transmissions, clutches, and various other parts. We recommend carrying a bag of sand, gravel, or cat litter to help you get out of these types of situations.
Keep a Vehicle Maintenance/Service Log
A Vehicle Maintenance or Service Log is important because it allows you to easily keep track of when your last oil change, 27-point inspection, etc. was. It also lets you know when you should visit Graff Xpress for your next service. If you need help creating a vehicle maintenance log, ask one of your friendly Xpress professionals to help you.
Know Your Vehicle’s Weight Restrictions
Never exceed your car’s roof load specifications or weight limits. You can find this limit information in your vehicle owner’s manual. When you exceed your vehicle’s weight restrictions, you risk damaging your car, truck, SUV or crossover, as well as putting it through unnecessary wear and tear. This could result in expensive repairs – something neither you nor your wallet need!
Fill With Washer Fluid ONLY
If you find that you’re out of windshield washer fluid, DO NOT fill your windshield washer reservoir up with water. Not only will it fail to clean your windshield, it may also freeze in cold weather and damage your system. Windshield washer fluid is cheap and can be found at any store that sells automotive accessories. If you aren’t sure where the fluid goes or what type of fluid you should buy, feel free to stop by and have one of our professionals top it off for you.