5 ways to extend your vehicle’s lifespan
Everyone has seen those old cars that are still on the road that are still running like brand new, but do you ever wonder how they do it? And how you can too? Below are 5 tips to keep your vehicle in great condition:
Regular oil changes:
Inconsistent oil changes are the number one cause on engine wear and tear, causing unnecessary friction within the engine. The average vehicle should get an oil change done ever 5,000 to 10,000 km's. Check your vehicles owners manual if you are unsure, or shoot us a call so we can help you out!
Don’t ignore the small problems:
Every car will eventually age - You may hear noises when turning that weren’t there before, or your A/C may not be as cold. These small issues can turn into expensive problems when left and can be avoided during regular inspections. Don’t let your problems build up to the point where the repairs seriously hurt your bank account.
Vehicle tune ups:
Keeping your vehicle’s engine running smoothly not only helps you with allowing it to last longer, but it also helps with fuel economy. Components like spark plugs, PCV valve and air filters not only help the mileage, but they also affect performance. Air filters should be changed every 20,000 to 30,000 km's, all depending on the road conditions one drives. Spark plugs can be changed anywhere from 50,000 to 160,000 km's. The more worn the spark plugs are the wider the gap, or the chance of them getting seized into the cylinder head which is a costly repair.
Service your vehicle's fluids:
Besides oil which is the engines life blood; there is also coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, differential and transfer case fluids. These all help the vehicles components to run smoothly due to lubrication. By not servicing these fluids at the correct intervals, you are allowing the viscosity to break down, which will not lubricate the parts correctly over time.
Watch your tire pressure:
Low tire pressure can impact your gas mileage and handling of the vehicle. The manufacturer recommended tire pressure can be found on the inside label of the drivers door panel. The tires should be within 5 PSI of what is recommended.
Keeping your vehicle running and reliable is always important, so give us a call today to keep you on the road!