Three Common Mistakes That May Damage Your Vehicle

There are many mistakes that can are commonly made when you are driving, which may be damaging to your vehicle directly or indirectly. It might surprise you just what can be the instigator for a serious accident or result in permanent damage to your vehicle.

  1. Using the wrong gas/oil type

At a gas pump, there are usually three options: unleaded, plus unleaded, and premium. These also come with a number associated with them which signifies the oxygen content within the gasoline. Gas pumps in areas with higher elevation will usually have more oxygenation to help withstand the strain that low oxygen levels at a higher elevation have on combustion, which is signified by a lower number. Using the wrong type of gas can cause the engine to be put under more strain and result in lasting damage to the combustion system of a vehicle if the vehicle was not made for it.

Oil is even more important to get correct. The numbers associated with oil are related to the weight of the oil, which also has a bearing on where the oil is capable of getting to within the motor. Using a lower weight can cause oil to seep into locations that it shouldn’t be in, while using a higher weight can clog up areas of your vehicle.

Don’t use a gas or oil option that is inappropriate for your vehicle. Consult the owner’s manual to determine which one is right for you.

  1. Driving with low tire pressure

Many people blame high tire pressure or bad luck for things like blowouts and pops when you drive, but low tire pressure is often an unexpected cause. Low tire pressure puts a substantial amount of weight on the inner tubing of the tire. A bump or driving too fast can then cause the tire to burst, resulting in a blowout that could cause a life-threatening accident.

  1. Not having a regular maintenance routine

If you don’t regularly maintain your vehicle, you are at an increased risk of having a serious accident or breakdown. At Siskiyou Import Services, we know that regular maintenance can be difficult to fit into your schedule, which is why we work with you to ensure your vehicle is as safe as possible.

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