Making Your Vehicle Last With Regular Service
A lot of people have older vehicles. They're good commuters, grocery-getters
or toy-haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles or more â€“ as long as it's economical to do so.
There are plenty of people whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own cars on the road.
A common denominator is that they never skip an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it's really not. First off, oil is the life blood of your engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that can damage your engine. Enough said.
There's another reason why the scheduled oil change is so important. It's simple â€“ a Leo's Auto Repair professional is going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid levels will be inspected and topped off so they won't get so low that damage can be done. If there is a significant fluid loss, let's use brake fluid as an example, your technician can look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident or costly repair.
Your service technician will also visually inspect the vehicle for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire wear, leaking shock absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to repairs that cost more than the car's worth. And your service advisor will be able to remind you of other services that the factory recommends you get done.
Just think of that oil change the same way as you do about going to the dentist for your six month cleaning and checkup. Don't skip it.
Of course, good maintenance costs money, but it's far cheaper than new car payments.