10 Ways to Keep Your Car Running Longer

10 Ways to Keep Your Car Running Longer

When the economy slows down many of us want to keep our cars longer. Is it possible? What will it take? How to make your vehicle’s engine and transmission last longer?  Here are few car care tips from my experience.

  1. Keep all the fluids and oils clean and topped up. All the fluids are vital for your car and over time they evaporate, leak and lose their qualities, so change as needed and top up when the level is low.
  2. Pay attention to your car’s instrument panel. If the “Check Engine” “Low oil pressure”, “Brakes” or any other warning light comes on while driving, have your vehicle looked at as soon as you can.
  3. Watch for early signs of potential problems. Leaks, irregular noises, unusual smell, difference in the engine performance, occasional sputtering, grease splattered on the wheels, different feel of the brake pedal – these are the types of early signs that indicate a problem that needs to be taken care of.
  4. Find a good trusted and knowledgeable mechanic to take care of your car. Ask your friends for recommendations. At least once a year have your car checked out in a repair shop.
  5. Use only known good quality or original parts. I also can give you many examples where using poor quality parts led to more problems and more repairs.
  6. Drive smoothly. The full-throttle acceleration will cause many parts of your car to wear faster. The same goes for the hard braking.  If your daily commute involves only short trips, take your car on a highway once in a while.
  7. Regularly lubricate door hinges and locks, as well as the hood, trunk lid or tailgate hinges and locks.
  8. Rustproof your car body if you live in a rust belt area. When there is constant humidity and salt on the roads during winter season it’s hard to prevent corrosion.
  9. Take a good care of your car’s body. Wash your car regularly as the corrosion starts in the dirty areas, where the moisture accumulates. If the car is clean, it dries up faster.
  10. Check the engine oil regularly and change it as often as recommended. This will keep your engine running. It’s best to use a good quality oil.