For many, having a car is more than just a luxury, it’s a necessity. Cars do more than just help people get from point A to point B. Your car helps you to get to work, run errands, stay in touch with friends, and even take the occasional vacation. While modern life requires having a car, not everyone is able to upgrade their ride as often they would like.
Recent studies have shown that Americans are now holding on to their cars longer than before. Prior to the Recession, the average age for a car still on the road was around 9 years, but most vehicles now are a little over 11 years old. Whatever the reason you may have for driving an older vehicle, keeping on top of the maintenance schedule is even more important to ensure its safety on the road. Fortunately, there is a wealth of resources available now to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape and in this blog we’ll highlight some of those important maintenance tasks.
- Change your oil and filter regularly – Whether you’re driving an old or newer model vehicle, you’re probably familiar with the importance of regular oil changes. Regular oil changes are one of the best things you can do to help extend the life of your engine. Once every three months or 3,000 miles is the recommended amount of time between appointments, but if your car still has its original owner’s manual take a look at what it recommends. Additionally, when you take your car in to have the oil changed, make sure the filter is replaced, too.
- Check your transmission – The transmission is a vital component for your car. The transmission is what makes sure that the right amount of power delivered to your vehicle’s wheels. While drivers in the New Mexico area have Quic Transmission available to help with their transmission concerns, drivers in other parts of the country will need to connect with specialists in their own area to stay on top of key transmission maintenance tasks to ensure their older vehicle will run properly.
- Maintain your brakes – We rely on a vehicle’s brakes to help avoid major and minor accidents, and if you’re driving in an older vehicle, you may have fewer safety features than a car that was made within the last five years. While your vehicle’s specific owner’s manual will tell you exactly how often your brake pads need to be changed, on average every 50,000 miles brake pads will need to be replaced. Stay on top of your vehicle’s brake service schedule and look out for signs (such as vibrations or squealing noises) that your brake system needs to be checked.
- Watch your cooling system – Your car’s cooling system dissipates engine heat. As discussed in one of our previous blogs, your cooling system keeps the air flowing under the hood as well, preventing your car from overheating. If your coolant levels have run low or you suspect that there’s been a leak, then be sure to take care of the issue right away or you may risk getting stuck with very costly repairs.
Old or new, there are a lot of important things that need to be done in order to ensure a car stays reliable, but hopefully, this list has shed a little light on what matters most for older car owners. If you live in the Albuquerque area, be sure to connect with Quic Transmission & Automotive Services whenever your vehicle is due for regular maintenance. We’ll be sure to help keep your car running. Call Quic Trans at (505) 271-8000, Visit our website https://quictrans.com/ or use our convenient Contact form.