7 Sports Car Maintenance Mistakes New Owners Should Avoid

Thinking of buying a sports car? If so, there are a few things you need to know before doing this. Some sports cars require a little more maintenance than others, so it’s important not to skimp on the details when it comes to maintenance. Here are seven mistakes you should avoid when owning a sports car.

Porsche 911 GT3 2022 | Porsche

1. Not consulting the owner’s manual

Honda S2000 Owner's Manual
Honda S2000 Owner’s Manual | eBay

Do you read the owner’s manual every time you buy a new toy? Probably not. But in the case of a sports car, it could be the difference between knowing your way around or not knowing when to open the fuel filler door. According Refined brands“the owner’s manual will contain the essential information that will help you configure your sports car”

We know it’s painful to have to read everything. But you can at least flip through it and read the basics to get to know the car first. After all, if something goes wrong, you’ll probably refer to the manual at some point.

2. Not knowing all the features of the vehicle

The interior of a Porsche 718 Boxster
The interior of a Porsche 718 Boxster. | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

While many sports cars on the market today, such as the 2022 Subaru BRZ, have their center console buttons easily laid out, others do not. Sit inside a sports car like the Porsche 718 Boxster, and you’ll quickly realize there are a number of infotainment buttons, switches and menus to get used to.

In that case, it’s worth taking a few minutes and familiarizing yourself with what your dream sports car has to offer before buying it. This way you will know exactly what you are buying. Or if you already own the car, getting familiar with the buttons will ensure you don’t fiddle with them later, especially while driving.

3. Not inflating tires to the correct pressure

A woman checking the air pressure in her tires in Bavaria, Munich, Germany
Tire pressure check | Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

Whether or not you drive a sports car, it’s important to monitor your car’s tire pressure. Properly inflated tires can maximize your car’s gas mileage, but they can also improve its performance through better ground contact. If you drive a sports car, this is certainly important to get the best performance out of it.

4. Neglecting regular oil changes

A man performing car maintenance by changing the oil
Oil change | Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Remember when we mentioned reading the owner’s manual? This will tell you when to change the car’s oil, which is important for the proper functioning of a sports car. In most cases, it’s a good idea to change the car’s oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, depending on the car and the type of oil you’re using.

5. Not changing the air filter

Two auto mechanics swap an old dirty white air filter for a new high flow red one to improve gas mileage
Two auto mechanics swap an old air filter for a new high-flow one to improve gas mileage | Jack Milton/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Another important part of routine maintenance is changing the car’s air filter. The air filter cleans the air entering the engine to keep it in good working order. The car’s owner’s manual will tell you how often it needs to be changed, and in most cases you can do it yourself within minutes. Failure to do so can potentially damage the engine later down the road.

6. Engine overheating

A mechanic pours green coolant into a yellow funnel. | Getty Images

Sports cars generally tend to run hotter than normal commuter cars. As such, it is important to pay close attention to the car’s cooling system as overheating can cause a lot of damage. Remember to change the car’s coolant when needed and never drive it if the temperature gauge rises higher than usual.

7. Buy spare parts or aftermarket modifications

A mechanic possibly performing common forms of vehicle maintenance on a car.
Mechanic | Getty Images

Most sports cars can be temperamental when it comes to not using genuine aftermarket parts. For example, even a Honda S2000, which is generally considered low maintenance, can malfunction if aftermarket replacement parts are used. In that case, you can only imagine what bad spare parts can do to a more expensive sports car!

Remember to use original spare parts and not modify the car if you want it to last as long as possible. Of course, some light modifications can also work wonders on sports cars.

Sports car maintenance mistakes

If you are considering buying a sports car or are the new owner, following these guidelines will ensure that it will perform well for a long time. Just be sure to read the owner’s manual; it could save you a lot of headaches later.

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