Everyone loves to be able to go out and buy a new car after they have clocked up a few thousand miles, however, for most of us, financially this is not realistic and so we need to come up with other ways to improve our current ride. Here, I am taking you through some of our top ways to breathe new life into your old car and save yourself a tonne of cash along the way.
One of the easiest ways that you can breathe some new life into your old car is to get a new set of tyres for it. While you may be thinking that this type of investment is a little boring, if you don’t have a good grip from top quality rubber then all other power and performance upgrades will go to waste! So, make sure you start off by firsts getting yourself a new set of tyres.
New Spark Plugs
When you are improving your car, many people tend to overlook getting spark plugs, but this is a mistake. New spark plugs are affordable and can make a big difference. The higher quality the spark plug is, the better your combustion will be. This then means that you can look forward to more power and better fuel economy.
If you are driving an older car, it will most likely be a cheaper exhaust system in place, so it is a good idea to look at changing this for a performance exhaust as this can free some of the power in your engine. This will allow for a quicker path for exhaust gases to escape from, allowing your engine to breathe better and give you more power.
Engine Control Unit Flash
Did you know that many manufacturers program the engine control unit parameters to below the car’s capability? They do this for it to act as a safety net, but if you reprogramme it you can unlock lots of engine performance and even better gas mileage.
Install a Cold Air Intake
If you want to make your car run better, then you will need to make sure that it can really breathe. This is where the cold air intake comes in! This device will free up the air flow to your engine but not only that, it will also feed the cooler more condensed air and this is exactly what your engine loves!
Install New Bushings
Installing new bushings is not as easy a process, but it is definitely well worth the extra time and effort! If you are unfamiliar with what bushings are, they can be found between the suspension and frame and the engine and chassis of your car. These rubber bushings are designed to help kill the vibrations in your car, but in older cars they can tend to wear out and crack over time. We would recommend that you opt for polyurethane bushings as these can last a whole lot longer than standard rubber bushings and they will also do a great job of quelling vibrations and minimising weight transfer.