We all know that looking after a car is the best way to ensure that it keeps on running well for a very long time. In some cases, a car that is looked after and properly maintained can keep on running for well over ten years, if no longer.
Of course, once your car does reach a ripe old age, there will be a bit more maintenance and care that you will need to carry out to ensure that its old age doesn’t get the better of it. After all, once a car is past a certain age, you will find that it is more likely to suffer from various malfunctions and mechanical issues. But there’s not much that some TLC can’t fix!
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To ensure your car is fit for longevity, here are a few things you need to do in order to correctly maintain an aging car.
One of the first things that you need to realise is that revving your car all the time and making it drive at some of its top speeds is never going to do any good. If you keep pushing your car to its limits, then it will probably face quite a few issues and you might have to take it to the garage a lot more often than what you would like. That’s especially the case when it comes to older cars, and they might not be able to handle their top speeds anymore. So, make sure that you are driving it sensibly and not trying to race it.
Check The Brakes
A car’s breaks can get very worn down over time, so these need to be reviewed regularly once your car gets quite old. You should be able to do this yourself by simply applying the brakes while you are slowly driving. The car should come to a gentle stop. If the brakes don’t feel so strong and fail to bring the car to a stop as soon as you would have expected, then you might need to take the car into your local garage for a mechanic to check them. This might be necessary after a period of excessive rainfall as water damage can often badly affect a car’s brakes.
Change Worn Tires
Something else that can often be a big problem for older cars is worn tires. This makes sense when you think about it – the more a car has been used then the more worn-down their tires will be compared to newer models. Your car will usually need a tire rotation every 7,000 miles or so. However, you might notice some signs that could be trying to tell you that you need one doing right now, regardless of how many miles the car has been since the last one. If you can hear the wheels vibrating, then there’s a good chance that it is now time to change the tires. It’s also worth carrying a visible check as uneven treads can be easy to spot. When you do notice them, it’s time to give your nearest garage a call so that you can book your car in for an appointment.
Take A Look At The Cooling System
One thing that you should be regularly checking out, no matter how old your vehicle is, is the cooling system. If you bought the car second hand then there is a very good chance that you don’t know when the whole cooling system – or even just parts of it – were replaced or repaired. So, seeing as the car is now getting on a bit, it’s worth taking it to a mechanic who can check it out. They should be able to solve any minor issues. If anything were to go wrong in the future, you should notice rather quickly. One of the main signs is a very pungent smell! But, as long as you get your old car’s system checked out regularly, then you shouldn’t have to fear the bad smell!
Check The Filters
Something else that you should add to your to-check list is the filters. Over time, these can quickly become clogged up, which can cause a myriad of problems. Thankfully, they should be replaced during your car’s annual service. Unfortunately, though, older car’s oil and air filter have a tendency to get blocked sooner than once a year, so you should take a look at yours every couple of months to make sure that they aren’t too clogged. If they are, you should be able to buy new ones online to replace them with. If you don’t feel too confident about handling this job yourself, you could always take your car into the garage so a professional can do it for you.
Replace Worn-Down Spark Plugs
Lots of car owners have never changed a spark plug before. That’s because they believe that it is a very complicated job, and one that should only ever be carried out by a professional. That really isn’t the case, though. In actual fact, it is a very simple job that just about anyone can do. First of all, you just need to check whether the spark plug does in fact need changing. If there are any signs of melting or rust, then it does. All you then need to do is unscrew the plug and screw in the new one. It really is as simple as that!
Clean It Regularly
This may sound like an obvious point, but you really should be cleaning your car on a regular basis. This ensures that all traces of dirt are removed from the body and underside of the vehicle. Sometimes, dirt and grime that has been left on can cause the car’s body to rust a lot quicker than it otherwise would had it been cleaned. Sure, washing the car can be a pain at times, but it’s a smaller and less-expensive pain than needing to deal with a rusty car!
Make sure you give your ageing car all the proper TLC that it deserves!
*This post was sourced for dadvworld.com
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