Infiniti Q50: The Don’ts of Car Maintenance That You Should Avoid
Well-built interior, high-tech options, and organic styling are what set the Infiniti Q50 apart from other midsize luxury sedan. If you need power under the hood and cannot let go of luxury at the same time, the Q50 is the perfect car for you. And a car like that deserves tender loving care from you. You'd have to pay attention to maintenance and regular checks if you want to prolong the life of your Q50, or any car for that matter. You might have heard a lot of tips on how to take care of a car. So now, let's discuss the things that you should avoid when it comes to the upkeep of your ride.
- Don't ignore the check engine light.
It would be easy to ignore that light flashing on your car's dashboard saying you need to "Check Engine" because your car seems to be running as usual. You put the thought of checking it at the back of your mind because everything seems fine. But, unless you are sure that there really is nothing wrong with your car, the problem will be confounded and your engine will eventually breakdown. There are many reasons why the check engine light might come on. Your car's gas cap could be damaged or missing; this is not good for fuel economy and the environment. Check engine light also means some parts need replacement such as the catalytic converter, O2 sensor, spark plugs, and mass air flow sensor. All of these affect the performance of the engine.
- Don't forget to check the tire pressure.
Most drivers neglect to check the air pressure in their tires. It's a common mistake, actually. By looks of it, the tires are properly inflated. And there goes the problem. Even if the tires appear to be inflated properly, they could be low on air pressure. The truth is that your tire lose pressure daily especially in hot weather; it typically loses one or two pound of air per month. While this amount of air pressure lost may not cause tire blow outs, deflated tires could lead to poor fuel economy. It is advisable that you check the pressure every other time you stop for gas. Make sure to consult your owner's manual for the correct PSI level since every vehicle has different tire pressures on the front and rear axle. You should also check the tire pressure of your spare tire.
Most modern cars are now designed to have advanced engine technology, thus you might not need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. This, however, still depends on the recommendations from your manufacturer. This means you will spend less money and time on oil changes. But, this does not mean you will neglect oil changes altogether. You car's engine needs motor oil to operate properly. A lot of bad things could happen if your car's engine oil falls below the minimum level required or if it becomes too dirty. Your engine could seize and die. The oil sludge formed by dirty oil can damage engine parts, and then you will have to spend more money on repairs or replacements.
- Don't forget to inspect the brakes.
Aside from the annoying noise that comes from worn brakes, it is also dangerous to drive in them. It might be easy for you to ignore the squealing noise and think that you can still drive a few miles before inspecting the brakes. But, seeing as these are among the most important safety components of your car, driving with worn brakes will undermine your safety and that of your passengers. Once you hear any kind of noises coming from the brakes—grinding or squealing—as well as vibration when you step on the pedal, have your brakes evaluated at once.