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Top 10 Mistakes Car Owners Make


Dumb Things NOT To Do To Your Car. In this video I go over major mistakes I see people make all of the time with their cars. Let me know if you can think of a big car mistake people make by leaving a comment below!

I want to talk about the top 10 mistakes people make with their car.

1.Mistake number one

I see people do this all the time they get in their car. They start it up, and they drive right away. That’s not good for the engine .You need to give the engine at least [10-15] seconds to get the oil to the critical components, and let the rPMS drop down .

On older cars, you should give you even more time and in cold weather you might want to give your car 20, 30 seconds to start up. Especially when it’s below freezing, the oil is really thick so what you should do is get in the car, start it up, give it 10, 15 seconds , put your seat belt on and stuff and then drive.

2. Mistake number two

The second mistake I see people make is [they] start their car .They drive away, and they rev it up or they push the car hard before it warms up.

You should always wait [till] your engine gets to operating temperature before you push the car hard or rev it or accelerate quickly. Obviously, if it’s an emergency situation you got to do what you got to do. But never [beat] on cold engine.

3. Mistake number three

The third mistake is putting premium in a car that only needs regular. You’re not helping your car.

There’s no performance benefit. There’s no better fuel economy. Nothing. All octane is the measure of how hard it is for the gasoline to explode.

Regular gasoline putting premium won’t help you. Could see on my Corvette. It says premium recommended, so you could put premium. But you could also put regular because it’s not required.

4. Mistake number four

Changing your oil every 3,000 miles. Today’s oils are way better than they were back then.

So that old 3000 mile oil change is a thing of the past. Today’s oils could last 5000, 7500 and even synthetics they can last up to 15,000 miles. From my truck I do 7500 mile intervals for changing the oil and that’s using conventional oil and for my Corvette I do 5,000 mile intervals.

5. Mistake number five

People don’t inspect their car often enough.

It’s important that you inspect your car because you’re driving every day .Can’t just take it for granted that your tires aren’t flat, that your oil is correct, that you have enough coolant, that you have enough windshield ,wiper fluid, etc.

We should do is when you’re in a parking lot instead of going right to your car go take a walk around it real quick, check all four tires, turn your lights on, turn your flashers on , make sure your blinkers are working, make sure your headlights are working, make sure your taillights are working.

It’s a quick thing might prevent you from getting a ticket and it could save your life.

6. Mistake number six

People don’t check their tire pressure .You want to make sure you don’t over inflate and you want to make sure you don’t under inflated tire. Pressure for your car is located on the inside door jamb of the driver’s side.

Make sure you check your tire pressure when the temperature changes 10 degrees or more .

7. Mistake number seven

People don’t look at their tires enough. It’s important to look to see how much tread depth you have left. 30 seconds is the legal limit so [you] don’t want to be anywhere below that and it’s dangerous .

Finally, don’t cheap out on new tires, if you get them you know they’re one of the most important items on your car.

8. Mistake number eight

People don’t check their spare tire, they forget about it.

They just leave it there and then when they need it it’s flat and what good is a flat spare tire ?

So you need to make sure you fill it up with [air] and also locate where the air is coming out if it’s flat

9. Mistake number nine

People don’t read the owners manual.

Reading the owners manual is one of the most fundamental things when you get a car. It’s simple takes two hours , three hours [you] read through the whole book.

You should know what every button does in your car and what every gauge means in your car. Also every car is different so if you’re driving one car and you move to another you should know the difference between the two cars.

10. Mistake number 10

People don’t know how to clean their car properly.

One of the things I see people do all the times they use paper towels on their paint or they don’t use any liquid when they’re using a towel on their paint .

You need to have some type of lubricant and you shouldn’t use paper towels when you’re cleaning off your paint . What you should do is you should use a microfiber cloth and have some type of lubricant or some type of liquid .

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