Things You Should Stop Doing to Preserve the Life of Your Fiat 500L
Yes, old habits die hard; but if you want to get the most out of your new Fiat 500L, you'd better forego some of the driving habits that won't do your ride any good. This subcompact or mini multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), though designed durable, still needs to be well taken care of if you want it to serve you well for the years to come. Besides sticking to the manufacturer-recommended maintenance and servicing schedules, you'll do your ride a huge favor if you let go of some of your bad driving practices. Avoiding the following habits may take some getting used to, but you've got to do it anyway if you want to spare your Fiat's major components from premature wear and your wallet from unnecessary expense:
- Riding the brakes when going downhill
While you may feel safer if you keep your foot on the pedal when you're heading downhill, doing so is pretty much like risking brake failure. Even if you do that for just a couple of minutes, it still means grinding your brake pads for a particular number of minutes, making them hot and causing the brake fluid to boil. When this happens, you just rob your Fiat of the stopping power it needs to safely bring the car to a halt and at the same time put too much stress on the brake components especially the pads. So instead of stepping on the brake pedal, control your speed through the engine—downshift if you want to run slower. By so doing, your ride's rpm increases while its mph reduces. It also helps you save gas than heading down an incline in neutral.
- Warming the car up by idling
Contrary to the common practice of turning on the engine and letting it idle until the temperature gauge shifts from the cold range, the right way to warm up your ride especially on cold winter mornings is to turn the engine on, wait for just around 30 seconds to one minute, and driving gently until your Fiat warms up without allowing the engine to work too hard. In subzero temperatures, it would be wise to allow your car to warm up by gently driving it for about five minutes. While letting the car idle still warms up the engine, it happens at a very slow pace, thus allowing the cold engine to give off hydrocarbon pollution an amount that's too big for the catalytic converter to handle.
- Going beyond the ideal cruising speed
Besides the risk of being pulled over and ticketed for over speeding, this driving practice is not at all good for the engine of your Fiat 500L. It makes the engine work too hard by pumping and consuming more fuel and drives the pistons and other moving components of the engine to work doubly hard and at a higher speed. So before your engine breaks down, remember that the ideal cruising speed for cars like your Fiat is about 50 to 55 miles per hour. Every time you go beyond that, remind yourself of how much an engine repair or replacement would cost.