Do Your Vehicle a Favor by Making these Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

A new year is a perfect opportunity to refocus on what matters most in life. This year, give these car care New Year’s resolutions from Gossett VW Porsche a try and enjoy a healthy, happy vehicle!

 

Stay on top of your oil

Make the resolution to habitually change your oil this year. Before January even starts, plan out exactly when you’ll change your vehicle’s oil and challenge yourself to stick to the plan. This is an extremely easy and cheap way to greatly extend your car’s life and protect its resale value.

 

Don’t ignore the lights

If you’ve been driving around for a while with one or more warning lights illuminated on your dashboard, now’s the perfect time to actually address the problem. Whether it’s the check engine light or your tire pressure indicator, start the New Year fresh by taking care of old problems!

Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

Schedule seasonal check-ups

Perhaps it seems like a waste of money to have your car checked out if it’s not causing you any trouble, but regularly taking your car to a technician to get checked out will save you money in the end. When caught early, most car problems are much cheaper to fix than if you wait until something goes terribly wrong.

 

Most important, though, is resolving to drive safely and responsibly all year long. Doing so is the best way to protect your car, and everyone along for the ride.

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

Gas PedalMost drivers know that horsepower is a good standard to judge how fast a car is but what about torque? What does a car’s torque mean? That’s a question many drivers interested in performance vehicles find themselves asking and the answer can get rather complicated. Fortunately, we at Gossett VW Porsche have a simplified answer of what a car’s torque actually means.

Put simply, power is how fast something can reach a certain point while torque is the ability to do work. That remains true in modern cars. Horsepower determines how fast a car can reach a certain speed while torque is how fast the car can actually accelerate.

The torque listed on a vehicle specification page is how much torque the engine can produce. That isn’t necessarily how much torque reaches the wheels. Either way, higher torque means faster acceleration.

Larger engines produce more torque due to the amount of air flowing into the engine. That air is combined with fuel and compressed in a combustion chamber to produce horsepower and torque. Trucks are a perfect example of how torque works. Since most trucks are designed to tow, they need more torque to accelerate while pulling heavy loads. Thanks to their larger engines, trucks are capable of gaining speed even though they may be pulling thousands of pounds.

Tips to Help Maintain Coolant System

overheating vehicleFor a long time, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles were unique for being air-cooled. These days, these machines are liquid-cooled. The way it works is that the heat from your engine passes into the fluid and then the fluid passes through your radiator where it is cooled and heads back to your engine to absorb more heat.

The coolant system on your vehicle is a vital system so it is always a good idea to make sure it is healthy. How can you help maintain your coolant system?

Check for leaks

Always be on the lookout for leaks. A hose is the usual suspect as hoses can occasionally fail. In the case of a leak, you might see radiator fluid on the ground where your car has been parked. You might also see it, or feel it, on one of the hoses. A leaky radiator is a serious issue. In any case, you should never drive a car leaking fluid. Have a professional examine the car as soon as possible.

Maintain Proper Fluid Levels

Coolant does contain water so it can evaporate over time. Check your coolant level from time to time and, if you need to, add more. Your coolant system is pressurized and should never normally need large amounts of fluid. If it does, there’s likely a leak.

Never Drive an Overheating Vehicle

If you notice that your temperature gauge is rising, or you see steam coming from under your hood, immediately pull over and turn off your engine. Overheating can do serious damage to a vehicle, even totaling it.