Let us help keep your older Vehicle runningJuly 31st, 2016
A lot of people want to hang onto their older vehicles. They’re dependable and they’re paid for.
There are a lot of vehicles on the roads that have run past the 200,000 or 250,000 kilometers. Is there something that their owners are doing that keeps these vehicles on the road? Or did they just win the “lemon lottery” and luck out by getting a particularly good vehicle? Not surprisingly, most of these owners have something in common. They never skip an oil change. Can keeping a vehicle on the road for 250,000 kilometers really be that easy for drivers?
Actually, it makes sense. Oil is the lifeblood of a vehicle. Clean oil ensures that the engine will run efficiently and staves off the build-up of sludge that can eventually damage engine parts. Oil changes remove dirty oil and replace dirty oil filters, keeping an engine clean and running smoothly, just like eating right keeps our hearts healthy by preventing build-up in our arteries.
There’s another reason why not skipping an oil change can result in a longer life for your car. When you bring your car in to Oil Changers for an oil change, all of the fluid levels are checked and topped off. If these fluids are depleted, dirty or low, they can damage the engine.
If a fluid is significantly low, it may indicate a leak somewhere, leading to an inspection of relevant parts. This inspection and the replacement of the worn part can prevent repair bills and maintain the health of the engine.
During an oil change, your technician will also do a quick check for worn belts or hoses, uneven tread wear, leaking shock absorbers and other signs of wear and tear. This advance notice allows the owner to replace parts before they break down and possibly damage your vehicle.
The oil change is also a good time to review any other services that the vehicle might need. Many car owners rely on their professional technicians at Oil Changers for good motoring advice that will keep older cars running well.
Parts wear out on older vehicles. There’s no avoiding it. As the odometer chugs upward toward 250,000 kilometers, the vehicle will need several batteries, maybe an alternator and a water pump, a new set of shocks and possibly a set of brake rotors. But these items—all together—add up to far less than the cost of a new car.
Good car care and preventive maintenance will help keep your vehicle on the road and running past the age when most of us have given up and headed back to a car lot.
So treat your car right: Take good care of it and don’t skip the check-ups at Oil Changers.