Redditor u/xmascrackbaby asked a question on Reddit: "Mechanics of Reddit, what seemingly inconsequential thing do drivers do on a regular basis that is very damaging to their car?" The answers provided some very obvious but oft-ignored solutions to our car problems. Here are the best of them:
1. "When small things don't get fixed, and it ends up costing much more to repair. For example, I once had a car come in with a really bad ball joint. The customer declined repairs and went on their way. Got a call 10 minutes later saying the ball joint let go and it was getting towed back to the shop. They ended up having to replace the ball joint, along with the CV axle and the wheel bearing. Ended up costing nearly 3x as much as if they'd just replaced the ball joint in the first place."
2. "Actual mechanic here. I will say one thing I see quite a bit that you may not know is when people almost exclusively take short trips, never allowing their vehicles to get up to temp, and always babying their car. ESPECIALLY direct injection engines."
3. "Having the right tire pressures is one thing you need to check. Will cause uneven tire wear and cause you a lot of money in the long run."
"Not stopping while shifting from reverse to drive or drive to reverse.
Delaying your oil change until the light comes on will over time mess up your engine.
Riding the brakes can cause too much heat and crack the pads.
Not flushing fluids can cause build up in the systems." —u/Stubbs200