To extend the useful life of your car, performing a proper maintenance of the car is required. Spaniards hardly spend an average of $100 per month on the maintenance of the car, a small amount depending on the park we have and, especially, the age of the same. The amount is so low because many drivers do not adequately perform the maintenance of their cars, which in addition to not promoting road safety can cause major breakdowns of such a high cost of repair that would even force them to have to change cars.
Clueless in car care can be very expensive. Here we offer you six common mistakes and mistakes that you can not afford due to the high costs that can result in your car.
Vital to the operation of the car, if you break the damage that will cause in the engine will cause the cost of your repair cause you get to raise a change of car. Hence, although it is one of the most expensive maintenance, you should not neglect the deadlines or mileage that the manufacturer recommends for this.
Deadlines may change depending on model and usage, but most manufacturers recommend a first overhaul at 80,000 km and replacement at 150,000 kms (depending on the manufacturer) or every five years at most. According to Autingo, web platform that calculates the price of car repairs, changing a timing belt can cost about $ 446, while repairing breakage damage may vary depending on the parts affected from $1800 to 5000. Sometimes it is even better to consider buying a new car.
Putting petrol on a diesel
It is a mistake much more frequently than it seems, either because of confusion or the confusion that often creates the “names” that Petrobras put their products. As we told you in detail if you made the mistake of fueling the best thing you can do is not start the car and call a crane (pay the insurance) to get a mechanic to remove the fuel and clean the conduits. This simple operation costs about $240 (in addition to what you have paid for the fuel thrown and the one that you are going to have to drive to the car, which can mean another $140).
If in addition to the fuel that was not to make two other mistakes, start the engine and move the car, the fault can be fatal, since the repair can force you to change shirts, pistons, connecting rods, raising the bill above $3000.
Water entered the fuel tank
If you have not closed the tank well and rainwater has entered or in any other situation water has entered the tank of your car, you have a serious problem. It is true that it is rare to occur, but to occur requires immediate attention. It can cause oxidation of the inside of the tank, cause damage to the filter and the engine feed system, damage the injectors seriously, break the injection pump, the cylinder head. A very important damage, which can cost you a few $3500 repair, in addition to the 200 that will cost the emptying and cleaning of the deposit.
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Lack of engine oil
Checking the oil level in the engine is one of the simplest preventative operations a driver can perform on his car. Just see the levels on the road to avoid problems. In addition, currently, all cars have witnessed in the box to warn of a serious drop in levels. For these reasons, these types of problems should not occur, but the fact remains that they are commonplace because of the lack of maintenance of the vehicle.
When the engine runs out of oil the most important parts of its operation, the movable, lose lubrication and friction at high speed generating such high temperature that many of them literally melt, seizing the engine. It is one of the most costly repairs and can cause us to have to completely replace the engine. The repair costs more than $4100.
It is as bad as to stay short. The rods that allow controlling the oil level allow controlling not only if the engine needs oil, also if you have spare. If the engine has too much oil, it can get into the cylinders and, consequently, burn more oil than it needs to reach the combustion chamber.
The excess oil causes the lubricant of the engine to receive more air than it should, which generates foams in its composition that deteriorate and also do not allow the mechanics to lubricate as it should, which causes undue overheating.
Eliminating excess oil is a simple and economical operation, only $50. If we do not and let the engine run repeatedly with excess lubricant, the joke can come face, surpassing even $1800.
Lack of coolant
Nothing worse for an engine than an excess of temperature. The antifreeze protects it from the cold outside temperatures and calcareous formations in the cooling circuits. According to the car, the cost of the maintenance operation can reach up to $90. You should regularly check the levels of the deposit because if you do not do it is when the surprises arrive that then leave you lying on the road. If you run out of coolant the engine overheats and this causes serious breakdowns in mechanics, including the most common breakage of the cylinder head, whose repair cost can reach $3500