Auto maintenance tips

How to Keep an Old Car Running Like New

Over the past decade, Americans started to keep their vehicles longer out of a necessity. Many couldn’t afford a monthly new car payment, so they invested money into keeping their present vehicle. The fact is, however, that the major manufacturers have made their vehicles more reliable than ever, with many cars, trucks and SUVs logging 150,000 or 200,000 miles or more before being retired. An owner of a Toyota Tundra in Louisiana logged one million miles on his vehicle before Toyota awarded him with a replacement.

The secret to keeping your older vehicle running well is really no secret at all. The difference between a well-running older vehicle an a junker is maintenance. As the engine ages, it’s even more important to keep the vehicle’s fluids changed as clean fluids will keep the powertrain going. Even if you use the best oil in the business, it’s no good if you never change it. In addition to regular oil and filter service, change transmission and differential oils according to the manufacturer’s service intervals. Make sure to use transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended type and viscosity.

Take care of your cooling system. Flush an change the coolant once a year. The hoses that carry that coolant also live a hard life with temperatures often exceeding 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Check periodically for cracks and leaks. If you don’t know when your vehicle’s coolant hoses were last replaced, consider doing so before they fail. Water pumps are another component that frequently fail in older cars. Replace it if you are having extensive engine work done.

Another component that the average driver gives little thought to is wheel bearings. These are important because then ensure that your tires run smoothly. Inspect, clean and repack bearings according to recommended service intervals. This maintenance is inexpensive when compare with spindle and hub replacement.

Maintaining your brakes is another way to keep your car young. Flush brake fluid every two years and if your vehicle is seven years or older, consider replacing the rubber brake lines <a href=”” target=”_blank”>when major brake work is needed</a>. When rotors or brake drums need to be removed, it’s also a good time to check the wheel bearings.

Whenever you have a question about the maintenance or operation of your older vehicle, the experts at Carolina Mobile Auto Service will be glad to thoroughly address your concerns.

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