All the cars and trucks on the road today are lasting much longer than ever used because manufacturers have put more time and effort into their models. Combine that with regular maintenance and a vehicle can have the odometer ticking past 250,000 miles! In fact, an article from Forbes points out 10 examples of vehicles that are expected to make it past that mile marker and they’ve uncovered some used car listings where many have exceeded that distance. They found a 1993 Honda Civic with 355,720 miles and a 1983 Isuzu Rodeo with over 381,000! With that said, drivers are certainly getting more value for their money when they purchase a vehicle but it is important to keep it in road-worthy condition.
This begs the question: how many miles can your car travel? Well, that answer is left up to the driver, but, with the right maintenance intervals and tune-ups, you can make your car last for many miles to come. Check out the following ways to keep your car running smoothly!
Time For A Tune-Up
According to your vehicle’s owner manual, there should be a section that lists the types of service your car should receive at certain mileage intervals. Be sure to follow the tune-up instructions because some components on your vehicle have a limited lifespan of use. For instance, the alternator generally lasts for about six to seven years, or roughly 100,000 miles. Since many cars are exceeding that age and mileage count, it is a good idea to replace this component because it can affect the operation of the electrical system.
Your headlights can flicker and dim, the dashboard warning lights may illuminate, the radio may only work intermittently and starting your car can be a struggle when the alternator is on the fritz. This is why many drivers seek out used auto parts because new alternators can be quite costly but a reconditioned component can give drivers a dependable alternative at a lower price.
Flush The Fluids
Another important aspect of keeping your car in road-worthy condition is checking the fluids, flushing them and refilling with fresh fluids. While you may be on top of the oil changes, there are several other fluids that will need to be flushed and replaced. Sometimes drivers may forget the transmission fluid and coolant fluid must be changed periodically. Depending on your vehicle, the coolant system may need new fluid every 30,000 miles but generally, the transmission fluid can be good for 75,000 to 100,000 miles. Refer to your owner’s manuals for specifics, but make sure it is done because old, dirty fluid can drastically affect the way your vehicle operates.
All cars will have a drive belt, also known as a serpentine belt or a v-belt. Whichever kind of belt your vehicle has, it serves the purpose of connecting the engine components together, which results in power to the wheels. If your belts are old and brittle, the belt can break and then you physically cannot drive your car. As a general rule of thumb, the drive belt will last for approximately 4 to 5 years and should be replaced following that age. Again, you may need to refer to your owner’s manual for the specific time to replace the belts.
As your car continues to age, be sure to keep it in good working condition so you can get the most out of it. Replace old, original parts with high-quality used auto parts, replace old fluids and be sure you keep an eye on your belts!