After checking some new cars, many consumers finally come to a conclusion and it is financially makes sense to keep their current car. In reality, we could keep our cars running properly for many years to come by implementing some simple techniques. Modern cars are designed to last longer because they are built better. It is common to see cars that run for more than 100,000 miles and still performing well.
Here are things you should do to keep your cars run longer:
1. Change oil regularly:
Depending on the type of oil, it is advisable to change the oil every 3,000 or 5,000 miles. We should also check the owner’s manual for recommendation from the manufacturer. We should check the oil every a couple of weeks to see whether they indicator says that it has sufficient level.
2. Check all other fluids:
Not just the oil for your engine, we should also check all lubrication for the car, such as at the front-end suspension. It’s a good idea to ask the mechanic whether we need to replace some of the fluids. As an example, the color of automatic transmission fluid is usually bright red and it should have the right thickness. It is also necessary to check the power steering fluid, by using the dipstick. Fill it if the fluid doesn’t reach the “full” mark.
3. Check the radiator:
It’s another “must check” item in your list. Lack of radiator fluid can damage the car permanently and the overflow tank should be at the “Max” mark before you start the car in the morning.
4. Check the brake:
It is essential the car still has enough brake fluid inside the plastic tank. Check the owner’s manual for proper use of brake fluid.
5. Check battery terminals:
Acid solution constantly reacts with metal elements and eventually there’s some material build up around the terminal. This could cause the battery to work less efficiently and in some case, the car would refuse to start because there’s not enough power for the ignition. Use hot water and wire brush to remove any deposit.
6. Inspects for cracks in fan belt:
Disastrous consequences could result if the fan belt breaks when you drive the car at higher speeds. Regularly check whether the belt has cracked sufficiently that it warrants immediate replacement.
7. Check the tires:
We can use tire gauge to check air pressure. This simple step will improve gas mileage and we won’t need to push the car harder to achieve specific speed. This would contribute to improved longevity of your car.
8. Inspect the front end:
Make sure that everything is well-aligned. Mechanics should be able to check for broken or worn parts of the car.
9. Check the windshield:
The windshield should be free from damage and cracks. Little cracks due to accidental impact could spread slowly, making the windshield more prone to shattering. To ensure visibility during rainy season, replace the wiper blades every six months.
10. Keep things clean:
The interior and exterior of the car should be perfectly clean. Vacuum the interior often and use protective sealant for the seats and dashboard.