Go Undercover: How to Take Care of a New Car
After your new car has left the forecourt you’ll feel like you want to travel the world and never stop. But remember that for the car to always be perfect you have to give it plenty of attention. We are going to describe some care tips that you should consider for your new vehicle, always taking into account the advice of experts in the service workshops.
Take care of acceleration
For petrol engines, it is recommended not to exceed 4,500 RPM when driving, unless it is an emergency. For diesel engines, the recommendation is not to exceed 3,000 RPM. Also, avoid cold acceleration – when starting the engine cold it is recommended not to force it, as all components are being adjusted. The recommendation is to gradually accelerate.
This aspect has always generated different opinions. Since your car is new, it is recommended to check the oil based on the recommendation of the car manufacturer. Probably later, at around 10,000 km, you will be advised to make an oil change, which will also help to notice changes in the performance and stability of the engine.
The body – is it covered and is it clean?
Keep that new car look longer by taking care of the way you wash your car. You only need water, car shampoo and a clean cloth. Do not polish or wax it in the first six months. The reason is that the paint has a protective varnish and polish from the factory, so with proper care, it will last for many months.
We all like to enjoy a little sun in the summer, and just as you take care not to expose yourself too much to the heat and use sunscreen, your car also requires care so that it always works optimally.
The sun and the heat, among other external elements can and will damage your car in time. Car covers for outdoor use come in many sizes and designs. They will be the difference between an old car looking like new or a newer looking like… well, old.
We know that you will not always be able to find covered parking, so you will have to leave your car in the sun for several hours. This causes the interior to reach temperatures of up to 60 degrees. A complete oven! In the long term, this could cause damage to the dashboard, since heat can deform the parts, as well as discolour the places where the sun’s rays have fallen longer.
To try to mitigate excessive heat after leaving it parked you can use a sun visor in the front and protectors for the steering wheel. You will avoid burning yourself when driving and the sun falls on other parts of the car.
Also, the leather and leather parts of the interior require special cleaning since the excess rays of the sun accelerate the ageing process and gradually lose brightness and resistance.
Did you know that heat can also affect the brakes?
The brake pads rub against the disc every time you apply the brake. This action generates heat and in summer this temperature multiplies, causing overheating in the brakes. What is the risk? Well, the brakes could lose their effectiveness, in addition to reducing the life of the brake fluid, while heat can deform the discs.
To mitigate some of these problems, avoid driving aggressively and use shorter gears so that the engine brake does its thing.
Without a doubt the heat affects us all in different ways, so we recommend that you be very careful with your vehicle so that all your trips in it remain calm and cool.