Keeping Old Cars Running Well

If you’re looking at 2,000 miles on your odometer you’re not likely to worry much about what it takes to keep your car running well. But, if it’s 200,000 miles you’re riding around with, your best bet is to give your car a little extra care to prolong the life of it.

Even the strongest engines marketed as built to last will only run for a few years without proper care.  Here are 3 key tips to keep older cars running:

  1. Drain and refill fluids regularly

Good, clean fluids help your car run efficiently. To minimize stress on your car’s engine components, make sure that you change the oil regularly. Flushing old coolant and adding a fresh refill will reduce the risk of corrosion and ensure that your cooling system can do its job. Brake fluid can collect moisture over the years; so make sure that yours is in good condition.

  1. Know the parts to replace before you ‘need’ to

Every car has a few components that are not designed to last as long as the car itself, so you will need to replace these in time. Belts and hoses are the most common and both are critical to keeping your car running well and in some cases, running at all. If you are not sure how long you have had the same set of belts or hoses, it is best to replace them before something goes wrong. Cracked coolant hoses could lead to overheating in the middle of nowhere, and a belt failure could cause irreparable engine damage.

  1. Develop a relationship with your mechanic

You may be able to perform some maintenance on your own vehicle, but there is no substitute for professional care. An older car needs all the help it can get, so find a mechanic who is familiar with your car’s make and model. Visiting a good auto repair shop regularly will allow you to catch small problems before they put your car out of commission, and will even prevent some problems entirely.

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