So, I was washing my car in my driveway like I always do. This is my big Jeep SUV was after we went four wheeling for four hours in the Catskill Mountains. The car was totally covered with grime. So, I took great pleasure in hosing off all of the dirt and the grime and waxing the car and bringing it back as close as I could to that showroom shine. There is always something very therapeutic about washing a car. I can’t quite explain it. Anyway, I went through my usual rigamarole with the car, washed it dried it, waxed it. Cleaned the interior and all that. I put some treatment on the seats and then put the car in the garage. All good.
But then, I go to fire up the hose to wash all the sponges, and the pail, and the rags the way I always do, and I notice something. I have a drain in my driveway; its kind of under an overhang – so rain does not generally get in there, but runoff from the roof goes in there, because if water is allowed to pool in that part of my driveway, then my basement can flood, so we had a drain installed a long time ago.
This time, I saw that the drain began to back up. All the dirt from the car was too much for those pipes in that drain. The dirt clumped together and nothing I did could clear it out. Then it started to rain. Hard. The water began to pool in the driveway and to make matter worse, my daughter called my cell phone from inside the house to tell me that the toilet in the kids bathroom was acting strange. This is a Sunday, mind you. So I checked the internet and I called Elizabeth Drain Service in Jersey City. Guess what, they were open. They came snaked out the drain in the driveway with the biggest snake I ever saw in my life, and it was clear in ten minutes. It really pays to find a plumber who knows how to do the job, and shows up when they say. I won’t forget these guys.
It could have been a very shitty Monday morning. LOL.
First and foremost, owning a car requires us to take good care of them. And what do we car owners want? We want to prolong its life, right?! Let us start this blog with a VERY USEFUL Article! Here are effective ways to prolong your car’s life:
1.Changing Oil Regularly (VERY Important!)
Oil is the lifeblood of your car by helping in lubricating the engine’s parts, absorbing the heat, allowing the small parts to work together smoothly, efficiently and prevent overheating. As time passes, the engine oil breaks down. Your goal is to change the engine oil before it breaks down. The most acceptable time to change your oil is on every 5,000 miles.
2.Tires Need Caring, Too
Tires are most prone to wear and tear. They attain usage every time we drive the car. Here are easy and simple steps you can do to care for your tire:
- Keep it Properly Inflated -be aware of the recommended air pressure. Under-inflation can cause more damage to the tire and its rim and may reduce the car’s gas mileage
- Rotate the Tires – do this for every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. This will prevent uneven tread wear and definitely prolong the life of your tire
3.Protect Your Car Seats
Do you have kids or pets who tend to mess up the seats? Protect your car interior as early as possible so it would last longer. Add some seat covers – it adds protection to the upholstery and may add to the style of your interior, too!
4.Clean the Engine
Your engine can get really filthy and accumulate those extra grime. Keeping it clean will help it run better and cooler, It will also be easier to spot leaks and cracks for safety measures. You can do this on your own by buying heavy-duty engine cleaning products or have a professional do it. This tip will help you save a lot of money in the long run – just be sure to do this at least once a year.
5.Protect Your Exterior: Wash and Wax!
Yes, of course, we also want to maintain the outer look of our car! Here are ways to maintain the exterior longer:
- Wash Your Car Regularly – this makes the car look prettier, protect its paint and helps it do its job better. Properly remove all the dirt and road salt build-up. Otherwise, this may cause some rusting, lowering the value of your car.
- Waxing – this is a cheap but great investment. It will protect the car’s paint from different weathers and temperatures. This will also help the car withstand the sun, rain, snow, road salt, and other dirt so much better.
6.Park in the Right Place
Always consider where you park your car, too. Keeping it in your garage will be its safest haven and putting them away from any debris interaction. When you’re out, park it under a shade. The sun’s UV rays can cause damage to the dashboard and fade the interior seating.
7.Don’t Stress the Engine Too Much!
When you turn on your engine, leave it running for a few seconds and DO NOT rev on the engine or start driving immediately. The engine needs to warm up first, especially in a cold weather. You can also combine all your errands as to not use your car too much and stress the engine.