Despite the Pandemic it’s surprising to see a better number of new cars sold in 2020 than in 2019. Be it from the entry-level cars or high-end cars, most of them have seen a growth in sales. Come on, who doesn’t get excited when a new car pops in your head. Furthermore, the soothing smell of freshly built car is breathtaking.
With that said, buying a new car is on one side and preparing it for its time with you is quite another. Yes! you heard it right, you have to get your car up and running before extracting the most out of it. Here are 12 things one should avoid doing in a new car.
- 1 Skipping the Owner’s Manual
- 2 Avoid Super Short Trips
- 3 Don’t Floor the Throttle
- 4 Don’t hit the Rev limiter or Rev bounce
- 5 Don’t slam the brakes
- 6 Don’t Forget Driving in City Traffic
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- 8 Avoid Traffic Jams
- 9 Don’t Stress in Cold Starts
- 10 Avoid Frequent Oil Changes
- 11 Don’t Use Cruise Control
- 12 Don’t run the car on premium Petrol
- 13 Don’t tow or Overload
Skipping the Owner’s Manual
Fact: Anyone rarely reads the newly bought vehicles owner manual. This still happens, as all the detail, nicks and nacks are written there. So, now before googling something about the car, it’s better to look in the manual. You’ll surely see some new things there.
Avoid Super Short Trips
Got a new car? I’m sure you’ll be excited to drive it. Well, it’s surely fun and amusing just don’t her around the block, rather go a bit far. Just let her feel the air and stretch its legs out on the road.
Don’t Floor the Throttle
It is recommended not to put the pedal to the metal during the run-in period. For you to know, the running-in period lasts anywhere from 1,000kms to 1,500kms depending upon the car. Let those new fresh piston rings take their position and sink in.
Don’t hit the Rev limiter or Rev bounce
Similar to putting the pedal to the floor, one should avoid taking the engine to redline. Yes! I agree its fun, but save it for later use, at least after 1,000kms. Keeping the engine on the boil might result in poor running-in and this could lead vibrations to creep in.
Don’t slam the brakes
Slamming the brakes might have similar effects as under hard acceleration. But that said if one has to jam the brakes to avoid a collision, do it without hesitation. In any other case, it is fair not to slam them for a better life ahead. Let those discs get used to your driving style.
Don’t Forget Driving in City Traffic
Driving in the city is one of the best places to complete the running-in period. For the first 1,000kms, the car demands variable speed with varying RPM and driving in the city extracts exactly the same. This allows the engine to run on multiple RPMS with varying load.
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Avoid Traffic Jams
Prolonged Idling might have a negative effect on that newly built engine. It’s better to keep it under the transmission load most of the times. Well, no one wants to get stuck in a traffic jam so does your new baby. This is until the running-in period ends.
Don’t Stress in Cold Starts
This is one of the ignored stat, and it is also one of the most important ones. A new engine is tightly put together, and not warming up the car before driving might have an adverse effect on the pistons and piston rings. Not just a new car, this should also be followed in any vehicle with any number of kilometres on it. I’m sure you too never just get up in the morning and straight go to work. This is the exact same reason, let the vehicle wake up
Avoid Frequent Oil Changes
There is a reason a company decides a specific time or range when to change the motor oil. Well, changing that before prescribed rate, or even frequent oil changes could result in a money drain. It doesn’t harm the engine it’s just you’ll be wasting your cash.
Don’t Use Cruise Control
As said earlier, a new freshly built car shouldn’t be driven at a constant speed. Cruise control in a vehicle does the same. Though it is good for extracting good mileage it’ll surely have a negative effect on the long run.
Don’t run the car on premium Petrol
Caring about your newly bought car is good but over caring will be harsh on her. Automotive companies never recommend running the car on premium petrol. Especially here in India, the premium has additives that’ll surely harm the engine components rather than doing good.
Don’t tow or Overload
Driving your new car under transmission load is what all it needs. Exceeding the load might be harmful to the engine and on the long run, you’ll surely be disappointed. Sticking to a light load with light luggage and light people load will be great for the first 1,000kms.[“source=gomechanic”]