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5 Crucial Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Car - Car Servicing

Updated: Feb 22

For many people, a car is not just a vehicle but an investment - even more so in Singapore (fun fact: if you bought a car in 2020/2021, you actually have made money notwithstanding depreciation because of the tremendous rise in COE prices). Therefore, it’s essential to maintain it properly to extend its lifespan. This blog post will provide you with five crucial tips to help you do just that. These pointers will not only enhance your vehicle's longevity but also save you money in the long run.


Car in scrapyard
Don't let your car become like this!

Introduction

Importance of maintaining and extending the lifespan of your car

A well-maintained car delivers better fuel efficiency, ensures safety on the road, and reduces unnecessary repair costs. Additionally, when the time comes to sell, a well-maintained vehicle fetches a higher resale value. In a nutshell, good maintenance habits pay off in the long run, and your vehicle thanks you by serving you longer and more efficiently.


Tip #1: Drive Smoothly and Responsibly


The way you drive significantly impacts your car's lifespan. Aggressive driving habits such as rapid acceleration, hard braking, and high-speed driving put excessive stress on your vehicle, leading to faster wear and tear of various components.


Aggressive driving can lead to premature tire wear, increased fuel consumption, and unnecessary strain on the engine and brakes. By driving smoothly and responsibly, you can reduce the wear and tear on your car, improve fuel efficiency, and most importantly, ensure your safety and that of others on the road.


Road rage and aggressive driving Singapore
Road rage


Tip #2: Regular Car Servicing


Regular car servicing is akin to a regular health check-up. Just as you visit a doctor for routine medical examinations to catch potential health issues early, your car needs regular servicing to identify and rectify any mechanical problems before they escalate. Regular servicing ensures optimal functioning of all car components and contributes significantly to the overall life span of your vehicle.


During a routine car service, several key components are inspected and serviced. The engine oil and filters are replaced to ensure efficient combustion and cooling. The brake system is checked for any wear and tear, ensuring your safety on the road. Tires are inspected for pressure and tread depth, and the battery's health is assessed. Regular checks on the transmission system, exhaust system, lights, and wipers also form part of the service regimen. Each of these components plays a vital role in your car's overall performance and longevity.



Car Servicing / Car Service
Car Servicing

Tip #3: Proper Tire Maintenance


Your car's tires are its only contact with the road, making their maintenance crucial for safe and smooth driving. Well-maintained tires not only provide better grip and handling but also improve fuel efficiency and reduce the risk of sudden blowouts and flats. Therefore, neglecting tire maintenance could lead to compromised safety and increased running costs.


Tire rotation involves swapping the front and rear tires to ensure even wear. This practice extends the life of your tires and enhances your car's handling. Alignment, on the other hand, ensures your tires are set to the car maker's specifications. Misaligned tires can cause uneven tire wear and affect the car's handling and fuel efficiency. Lastly, regular tire inspections can help identify issues like under-inflation, punctures, or bald spots before they turn into major problems.


Tip #4: Regular Oil Changes


The engine is the heart of your car, and oil serves as its lifeblood. Regular oil changes are vital for maintaining your engine's health and extending the lifespan of your car. As you drive, engine oil degrades and accumulates dirt and metal particles. This contaminated oil can cause premature wear and tear of engine components, leading to expensive repairs or even engine replacement.


Clean oil lubricates the engine parts, reduces friction, and helps keep the engine cool. It also prevents build-up of sludge and rust, thereby enhancing the performance and efficiency of your car. While the frequency of oil changes depends on various factors like your driving habits, car model, and the type of oil used, a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 8,000 to 10,000 km. Always refer to your vehicle's manual for manufacturer-recommended oil change intervals.


Tip #5: Keep Your Car Clean


Keeping your car clean is not just about aesthetics; it's also crucial for extending its lifespan. Dirt, dust, and debris can act like sandpaper, slowly wearing down your car's paint and leading to rust over time. Inside, grime and spills can degrade your upholstery and other surfaces. By maintaining both the interior and exterior cleanliness of your car, you can prevent premature aging and retain its value.


On the exterior, accumulated dirt can lead to scratches, and bird droppings or tree sap can damage the paint if not promptly removed. Over time, this can lead to the development of rust. On the interior, dirt and spills can cause seats, carpets, and dashboards to degrade over time. Regular cleaning not only keeps your car looking good but also helps identify any minor issues, such as chipped paint or small dents, before they escalate into major problems.


Conclusion


With today's high COE prices, maintaining your car is of utmost importance (ignore this if you are a rich dude with multiple cars).


Our workshop offers a servicing package which includes full checks on your car and engine oil change.

Car servicing package / engine oil change



Contact us at 97127445 or visit our car workshop at Caltex 3781 Jalan Bukit Merah and our friendly mechanics will be happy to assist you!



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