Car maintenance goes beyond just looking at your car’s engine and checking if it’s in good working condition. The other side of car maintenance is just as important; if not even more crucial as they are essentially what keeps the thing running.
Despite its relative importance, the auxiliary parts of the car, such as the wheels, tyres, and struts, are among the many ‘unknowns’ of car maintenance. It’s not that most people don’t understand how they work; it’s more on how instrumental they are to the overall performance of the vehicle.
Wheels and Tyres: Maintaining Car Performance
The car’s wheels, tyres, and struts are as important to the overall performance of the vehicle as the engine. In fact, Autobacs explains that a car with a top-of-the-line engine will still perform poorly even if it’s due to something as trivial as incorrectly chosen tyres and wheels.
The car’s wheels and tyres directly affect its performance as soon as it hits the road. While there’s a consensus that larger wheels are visually more attractive, performance-wise, this isn’t always the case. The larger the wheel, the smaller the tire’s overall diameter gets, and consequently, acceleration and fuel efficiency goes down.
Additionally, larger wheels on smaller cars would obviously require more power from the engine. This may not necessitate any concern at the start, but in the long run, it may reduce the overall service life of the engine as smaller engines simply cannot exert enough power to actually move a car that’s over cumbered with a large set of wheels.
The Other Side of Car Maintenance
The car’s shock absorbers are the part of the vehicle that ensures the car’s wheels stay on the road. They are instrumental to ensuring the wheel’s grip onto the road and they are arguably among the first to wear away over time.
Struts, on the other hand, are what keeps the height of the vehicle relative to the ground. The two technically perform the same duties, although recently, shock absorbers have taken the place of struts as the more effective option, making sure the car doesn’t bounce.
Regardless of your choice, it’s important to make conduct regular checks if your shocks and struts are starting to wear down. The difficulty in doing this is that you can’t actually see clearly if they’re starting to wear down, as the process is slow and gradual. You need to get a feel of how your car performs on the road; too much bouncing may mean that the shocks or struts are starting to give way.
The other side of car maintenance is surprisingly more difficult than handling and maintaining the engine, but it isn’t impossible to do. Get a feel of your car and check how it handles itself. If you’re starting to feel a noticeable change, it may be time to do some maintenance work before it gets worse.