Things You Must Never do in Your Brand New Car
Buying a car is a very joyous occasion for almost all of us. Some of us keep saving up for a long time to buy our first car. But there a few things we must keep in mind if we want our car to last longer and not get messed.
1. Don’t go full throttle
According to the manufacturers, every vehicle should be run-in before putting severe load on them. Some people believe that it should be done slowly, while the others say that running a car in hard will help improve performance. But in the first few (500-1000 kms depending upon car to car) the driver must not go full throttle.
Why so? We know that there are a lot of moving parts in an engine. And since the engine is new, it is possible that there could be some imperfections inside it, even on a microscopic level. So, if there are any, they should be dealt with slowly. You will br putting a lot of load on the engine if you go full throttle. Even supercars have to be run-in by not going too fast initially.
2. Don’t redline the vehicle
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Quite similar to going full throttle. Redlining is something that should be avoided too. By redlining the vehicle, you are adding extra load on the engine as all the parts are running on high speeds. Which means, if there are any imperfections, it will also cause damage to other parts which wouldn’t have happened if you start off by driving slow.
3. Don’t use cruise control
Yes, this may sound strange but the reason behind this is that you should get your engine to get used to varied loads while driving. When cruise control is used, the engine is fixed at a particular rpm and there is no variation of load for a long time. Make sure to use varied load for the best run-in. Driving too slow for a long time ot driving too fast for a long time too isn’t the best way to run-in your vehicle.
4. Don’t overload the vehicle with extra weight
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A new engine takes time to get used to all the aggregate components and their working. So, putting unnecessary load on the engine when a vehicle is brand new is a bad idea. Towing other objects or vehicles is also not advisable before the run-in is complete. The brakes and tyres when new, will fail to provide the best grip so it is better to avoid extra load on these subsystems as well as the suspension. Therefore, if you have bought a new car, avoid carrying unwanted or heavy stuff.
5. Don’t drive distances where your engine wont heat up
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Even in older cars, driving short distances is not recommended because a car takes time to heat up. Everything starts functioning fine after the car is up to the temperature. Driving short distances means that the engine won’t heat up and it may cause more wear and tear, especially on a brand new engine.
Written By - Anushka Sharma
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