- Car Care & Maintenance
Looking after an old car
Allot of people around the world are holding on to there vehicles for longer and they are all trying to get as much mileage as they can out of the vehicles, in 2010 the average age of a vehicles on the road today has increased by loads, since the year 2000, more than 70 percent of vehicles have more than 80,000 miles on the clock.
The more you use a car without keeping it in good condition, the more chance you have, for it to brake down, as the engine gets older its true performance will start to decrease which means less power, also things like the oil start to burn and break down at a much quicker rate. As time goes on, the seals on the engine and car start to rust and deteriorate will eventually need replacing, the gaskets on a vehicle will eventually become brittle and old, you will also might notice that your oil is being used up too quickly. All this can make your vehicles engine performance not run properly.
If you want your vehicle to last you has long as it possibly can, then give it a bit of TLC, using high premium quality oil specially formulated for older vehicles can really help maintain your vehicles performance, for example Castrol gtx oil can really help out the older vehicles, there are many oils available but this one is what i use in my ford escort mk2, and it really works.
Here are a few tips that will help you keep your vehicle in excellent condition.
First thing you have to make sure that you change your oil every three months or you could do it every 3,000 miles, this is important for the older vehicles, lets put it this way an engine is the heart of your vehicle, the oil is the blood that makes the heart pump, without each other it just wont work, so if you stay on top of your oil changing schedule and always remember to do it, your old vehicle will have more chance of survival.
Second thing try to find yourself a good mechanic that knows what they are doing on the type of vehicle you have got, that's if you don't do your own maintenance, try to find a mechanics garage that give you good value for money and also always go to places that are trusted, a good mechanic will always listen to what your questions are and they should explain to you what the procedures will be and how much it will cost you.
The third tip is to make sure you have your tire pressure checked at least once a month, or to be safe twice a month,its the best way to not get flat tires and also save on fuel,if your not sure what to pump the tires up too, then you could take it to a service garage where iam sure someone can quickly and easily perform the check for you, for free.
Fourth tip also make sure to check your wheel alignment every 2 to 3 months, this is very important, if your wheels are not properly aligned it can cause poor handling,your tires will wear away quicker and it will cause serious steering problems. Again if you cant do this or know what wheel alignment is, then there's two choices, take it to a garage and pay for someone to align the wheels for you, second choice its DIY do it yourself, you know there's alot of info on the Internet, i learned to align the wheels on my car by watching videos on YouTube, its just a quicker way of learning that sort of task.
Fifth tip always have an eye out for any leaks in your vehicle, leaks can cause really bad problems for older cars, but there's lots of different oils that you can buy which contains special conditioners that can prevent leaks if used on a regular basis.Always watch for oil stain on the floor under your car, the sooner you know there's a leak the better, leaks are common in older cars so always check.
Sixth tip is that you have a car tune up now and again,you need a tune up just to make sure your cars most important components are all working correctly, make sure to check you brakes are in fully working order, inspect your vehicles spark plugs are working maybe change them, change the air filter if its necessary to do so, you could also check you fuel injectors, check the under side of your car for any damage. Just remember to check your vehicles fluid levels once a week, its not good for older cars to get dehydrated.
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