Taking care of your car is important if you expect to get a long and reliable life from it. A modern car can offer a service life of hundreds of thousands of miles if you perform routine maintenance and it can do so without showing its age if you regularly clean it and care for its exterior and interior. Exerting effort is not enough, though, and you must make sure that you are properly caring for it or you risk doing more harm than good, which wastes your time and money and can drastically reduce the life and usability of the second most expensive purchase you are likely to make in your lifetime.
Transmission Fluid Flushes
So, the service consultant at the drive-through oil change place says you need a transmission fluid flush in order to ensure that you don’t face a costly repair down the road. Be wary of this advice. Most modern cars use lifetime transmission fluids and if you have never flushed the transmission fluid in the past, a flush can loosen deposits that have formed over the years, creating a fluid leak where no leak existed in the past. Consult your owner’s manual for transmission service intervals and remember that unnecessary transmission fluid flushes could potentially do more harm than good.
Armor-All on the Interior
Those fancy interior wipes that claim to refresh and renew your interior’s dull finish should be avoided at all costs. While they will make your interior look bright and shiny again, they also make those surfaces oily and eventually dry out the plastic interior bits, making premature cracking, fading, and warping more of a problem than if you had not used them to begin with.
Reflective Windshield Sun Shades
So, you want to preserve the color of your car’s interior and prevent dashboard cracks? You go out and buy one of those windshield sun shades and choose the reflective one, assuming that the silver surface will reflect more of the sun’s damaging UV rays from your car’s interior. The sunlight that bounces off of that shiny windshield sun shade bounces right onto your windshield wipers, melting them in extreme conditions or prematurely aging the blades in most sunny conditions. This shortens the lifespan of your wiper blades which can then potentially scratch your windshield while not offering a significant protection advantage over a non-reflective windshield sun shade.
Washing Your Car With Dish Soap
Dish soap was meant to wash your dishes, not the paint of your car. Washing your car with the soap from your kitchen cabinet will cause your car to develop premature swirl marks in the clear coat. Stick with soap designed for the finish of automobiles and ensure that you keep that glossy new car look for many years to come.
More from this contributor:
The Three Most Useless Options Car Companies Sell Today
Steer Clear of Heavily Depreciated Used Luxury Cars: 30k Millionaire Problems
Classic TV Cars: The 8 Most Iconic Cars of ’80s TV Shows