You may hear stories of vehicles being worn out after 100,000 miles. While this was a very good possibility 30 or 40 years ago, todays cars last much longer. With the advent of fuel injection, and better oil standards, engines have seen increased fuel economy, better performance, and increased longevity. Today’s automobiles are capable of 300,000 plus miles if maintained properly. I have seen three vehicles in recent years attain over 450,000 miles! I have personally Owned multiple vehicles with over 300,000 miles.
Your automobile is likely one of your largest investments second only to your home. Protect that investment with routine maintenance. I recommend a complete vehicle inspection at least twice a year by an ASE certified technician. This will locate any potential safety concerns as well as inform you of needed maintenance. This will allow you to budget for needed repairs. Quick lube centers are great at changing oil quickly but, most are not trained to inspect your vehicle thoroughly.
While any vehicle may experience break downs, a well-maintained vehicle is much less likely to leave you stranded, retains its value better, costs less to operate and lasts longer. Make sure your family is safe on your next trip by maintaining it correctly today. Buying a new car may seem great at first until the new has worn off and You are still making payments. With a little preventative maintenance, most vehicles produced in the last 10 or 15 years can see well over 200,000 miles with no major issues.
Fluid changes are a critical part of keeping that vehicle healthy. Transmission fluid for example absorbs heat from the transmission and can break down over time. This keeps it from lubricating like it did when it was new. It also contains a detergent to keep internal parts clean. Changing the fluid on a regular interval will extend its life.
Brake fluid is Hydrophobic meaning it absorbs moisture. This not only causes corrosion issues but, also lessons the boiling point drastically. It is a good Idea to replace the fluid every time the vehicle needs brake pads replaced.
Power steering fluid lubricates and is used as a hydraulic fluid to assist the driver in turning the steering wheel. Like any fluid it gets hot and wears out over time. It should be changed any time the fluid is turning a darker color.
Even engine coolant can wear out over time. The PH level will become acidic and this starts attacking the gaskets and seals and can even begin to eat through the heater core and radiator if left unchanged long enough. Every other year is a good time to change the coolant.
Almost every major issue I see with a vehicle today is preventable! The vehicles owners-manual should be the first reference to needed maintenance. The second is an ASE certified trained Technician. With a little maintenance you can keep your vehicle running better longer!