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February 11, 2014

How To Maintain A High Mileage Vehicle

If you own a car that has high-mileage, there are a few things you should check to ensure your car doesn’t break down on the side of the road. The first step is to read your owner’s manual. Service repairs are suggested at specific mileage intervals to keep your car running at its best. Following the car’s manufacturer suggestions will reduce the chance of unexpected repairs. Keep track of all service work performed on your car and place them in a file that is easy to locate. Follow the tips below to keep your car running smoothly on the road.

Maintenance

The secret to making your car last longer comes down to proper maintenance. If you have the oil changed, parts lubricated and fluids checked on a regular basis, then your vehicle will last much longer. Your tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles to ensure even wear on all tires. Replace the air filter to keep the airflow from being restricted. A clean air filter will also give you better gas mileage and engine performance. Take your car in for regular maintenance per your mechanic’s recommendations. Extreme weather conditions can cause your car’s battery to die. Freezing weather can crack or break your windshield wipers. You may also experience radiator issues due to low levels of anti-freeze.

Drive Carefully

The way you handle your car has a lot to do with its performance. Don’t race the engine while starting your car. Accelerate slowly when starting your drive to reduce the engine and drive train wear. Don’t let your car idle for several minutes since this results in soot deposits that will cling to your cylinder walls, contaminate your oil and possibly damage other components. Driving at high speeds and fast acceleration not only results in poor gas mileage, but it may cause more frequent car repairs. If you operate your vehicle carefully, you can extend the life of your engine, tires and other components.

Try to avoid potholes or objects found on the road. Keep from hitting your tires on curbs in parking lots and on the road. Burning rubber will result in tires that won’t last very long. Put high-quality gasoline in your car to keep it running smoothly. Bad gasoline that contains sediment will clog fuel injectors and filters and result in poor engine performance. If you get stranded in snow or ice, it might be better to call a tow truck rather than try to spin the wheels or damage expensive car components.

Keep a log in your vehicle to record your gas mileage. Poor fuel performance is often the first sign of car trouble. Keep your vehicle clean to protect the finish and color. Protect your car’s interior during the hot, summer months by parking in the shade. You can also buy a car shade that will protect your car from the sun’s harmful rays. Clean and protect your car’s interior to make it last longer. Buy touch-up paint to fix small surface scratches on the outside of your car.

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