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Tips to Minimize Wear and Tear on Your Car

Preventative care, careful driving and regular maintenance all contribute to your car’s longevity, making it stay longer on the roads than in a garage. Proper care also helps you save a lot of money in the long run. Here are a few tips on how to make sure the wear and tear in your car is minimized.

Stick to your maintenance routine:
Familiarize yourself with your car’s maintenance schedule and stick to it. As your car age, more maintenance is required and car manufacturers always recommend regular service intervals. If you don’t do a regular service on your car, you run the risk of causing damage to your engine and other parts because service centres know what needs to be checked and replaced with time, such as spark plugs, oil, filters, etc.

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Never miss an oil change:
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and over time the motor oil begins to degrade and lose its lubricating and cooling properties potentially damaging metal-on-metal contact. Regularly changing your oil and filter can save you in the long run, the failure of which could have you replacing your whole engine!

Warm-up!
Everyone is always in a hurry and it’s not uncommon to want to jump into our cars and rush off. But experts recommend that it is important to give your engine a minute or two to warm up. This helps your engine oil heat up and lubricate all the parts. It’s also best to avoid higher RPMs and speeds until the engine is properly warmed up and running at normal temperature.

Give your brakes a break:
Prolong the life of your brake pads and discs by easing up on constantly using them. The safest way to do it is by slowing down. The faster you drive, the more you will need to step on the brakes sharply. Keep a safe distance between the vehicle in front of you, which will give you more time to come to a slower stop without having to jam on the brakes often.

Use the parking brake:
A better option is to engage the parking brake when you stop. First, step on your brake pedal and then engage your parking brake; put the car into park and release your foot off the pedal. This will prolong your car’s transmission allowing the parking brake to take the car’s weight and not the transmission.

The RPM Gauge and ‘Redlining’

All cars come with multiple dials on its dashboard. While most of us are familiar with the fuel gauge and the speedometer, there is that one other dial that’s a bit more complicated – the tachometer or RPM gauge. So, what exactly is a tachometer? By definition: It is an instrument which measures the working speed of an engine, typically in revolutions per minute (RPM). In short, it helps inform us how fast the engine is turning and rotating. The tachometer aims to read the rotation of the engine’s crankshaft and it also lets you know when to shift.

These days, cars with automatic transmissions are slowly discontinuing tachometers, but they are an absolute necessity in manual models to let drivers know when there is a problem with the transmission as well as precisely when to shift.

What is ‘redlining’?
You will also notice that compared to a speedometer, the RPM gauge displays smaller numbers such as 1-8, with red lines on the higher digits. These red lines are the danger zones for your engine. When you fail to shift to a higher gear, the needle moves to the red line. If your tachometer reaches these red levels, it can cause overheating and excessive wear on the engine. But although some believe this will cause your engine to explode, all modern cars incorporate a fuel cut-off that will stop an engine from reaching the point where it could cause permanent damage, typically just past the redline itself. The tachometer is just a way to tell you that your engine has reached its maximum RPMs. The best way to avoid this is by shifting gears within the range of your engine’s maximum performance whenever possible.

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What happens if you redline?
The red lines are there for a reason; but if you do accidentally end up in the red for a fleeting instant, you have little to worry about as long as you don’t do it again. You could also book a check-up for your car if you’re worried.

Prevention:
Most cars these days have a rev-limiter built-in and prevent you from redlining by setting up the system to cut off the fuel flow to the engine, or to disable the ignition system until the engine falls to a safer speed. The safest bet, however, is to avoid over-speeding the engine and not upshifting the gear.

ENGINE OIL VARIANTS

We all love to buy a car, but the ultimate thing is to maintain our lovely car properly. But while the engine is the heart of the car, the oil is its blood. It is the biggest responsibility for every individual to know the variants of oil which are used for your car’s engine

What is Oil Viscosity?
Viscosity is a measure of the resistance of a fluid’s flow. The thicker the oil, the slower it will flow. The oils fall into viscosity grades 10W-40. 10W bit (W=winter) simply means that the oil must have a certain maximum viscosity or flow at temperature. The lower the “W” numbers the better the oil’s cold temperature performance.

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What are the Different types of oils?

Fully Synthetic:
A fully synthetic oil is mainly preferred for fuel efficiency and better mileage. You can examine the product is fully synthetic or not by its SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) rating will be 0W-30 or 0W-40 or 5W-40.
*0W-30: Fuel economy savings
*0W-40: Enhances engine performance and power
*5W-40: Ensures good cold starting

Synthetic Blend:
Synthetic blend oil is very cheap to get, but it is not highly recommended for your car’s engine. Because when it comes to fuel economy and performance, it is not up to the mark; you will have to change the oil very often. For a better way, we can use semi-synthetic which is a combination of motor oil and synthetic oil. It provides better protection against engine wear. The SAE rating for semi-synthetic includes 5W-30, 10W-40 and 15W-40.
*5W-30: Better Protection
*10W-40: Good Protection after starting out
*15W-40: Better at reducing engine wear

Conventional Oil:
Conventional oil is the origin for motor oils, and later, it was produced by the base oils of hydrocarbons, poly internal olefins, and polyalphaolefins. It’s SAE ratings are 10W-40 and 15W-40. Conventional oil provides basic protection for most engines and it’s the ideal oil for people who have very ordinary driving styles. And it’s cost-effective.
*10W-40: Basic protection for a variety of engines
*15W-40: Oil needs to be changed more often

For better performance of your engine. Oil check should be done every week as recommended by the car manufacturers. Oil consumption depends on the model of the car and driving style.

Take Care of Your Car Like a Boss in 6 Hours!

Admit it, we all love our car. We invest a lot of time, effort and expense into picking the car that is just right for us and our family. We expect our car to last for decades and take us safely wherever we need to go. But, as with everything, there’s a give and take; in order to receive the comfort, safety and durability we expect, we have to take care of the car and make sure that it remains in good condition over the years. The catch, however, is time. We are all so busy with our work and social lives that we barely find time to think about checking our car or giving it for complete servicing; especially since we need it on a daily basis for commuting.

With this in mind, we at GoBumpr came up with an easy solution. We offer our special Express Car Service that gives your car a complete check-up and other services. Plus, we do all of this under just 6 hours!

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What do you get?

Comprehensive 24-point inspection
When you book an Express Service with us, we undertake the responsibility to ensure your safety. For this, we do a complete and comprehensive 24-point inspection of your car.

1) Engine Ignition and idling
2) Engine noise check
3) Engine coolant check
4) Engine oil check
5) Oil filter check
6) Transmission oil check
7) Engine belt check
8) Engine acceleration and cruise check
9) Clutch operations check
10) Steering check
11) Injector, spark plugs check
12) Engine air filter/diesel filter check
13) Brake/ABS operation check
14) Suspension check and diagnosis
15) Voltage check
16) Battery fluid
17) AC cooling system check
18) Power window operations check
19) Lights check
20) Wiper motion check/water refilling
21) Wiper nozzle check
22) All door operations check
23) Tire thread/pressure check
24) Wheel rotation check

Expert diagnosis and vehicle health report
Like any good doctor would, we do a full diagnosis of your car and give you the health report. This will give you (and us) a better understanding of the working status of your car.

Electrical and electronics operation check
We perform intricate electric and electronic checks on your car to test and increase its current functionality.

Interior vacuuming
When we say we want you to travel comfortably, we don’t just mean with a well-working car. We don’t leave any corner unturned with our thorough interior vacuuming to eliminate all the dust and dirt that can get into every crease and nook.

Exterior foam wash
While internal check-ups are a necessity for smooth and basic performance of your car, nothing beats a car that looks all new, clean and shiny on the outside as well. We all secretly do love it when people admire our car, don’t we? Of course we do! And so, we give your car a good exterior foam wash to get rid of all that dust and grime that’s been building up over time.

GoBumpr’s Express Car Service package at Rs.999, ensures that our customers get what they pay for and expect from us because we value your time and we care for your safe commute.