Basic Vehicle Maintenance 101

The average American drives their vehicle just over 10,000 miles annually and will receive an oil change around every 3,000 miles. This is basic knowledge on keeping your engine functioning properly; but did you know depending on the type of oil you use will depict when you actually need to change your oil? An interesting fact is if you use basic cheaper oils for your car, not only will you be required to change the filter and oil more frequently, but your engine will not last as long. Why you ask, well, the cheaper the oil, the dirtier your engine, the more sluggish it becomes due to all the build up.


Things to consider when you are maintaining your old car are the different types of auto repair that will be needed and tires to keep you rolling. Car care for your old car may seem like a lot at first, but if you keep up with its basic maintenance you will save more in the long haul. Let’s start with the types of tires, this may seem hard to choose because of the various options available but it’s actually quite simple. The most important factor about your tires for your old car is the tread and there is an easy solution to making sure that you are in good standing.


If you take a penny and flip Mr. Lincoln’s head towards the tire, slide the penny between the treads, and as long as his head is covered you are good. Once you notice there is not enough tread to cover Mr. Lincoln’s head, it is time to replace those aging wheels. Don’t allow your tread to start showing little steel wires either; if they have gotten to this point, you do not have any grip on the street and risk not being able to stop in an emergency situation. You, your family, and the safety of others comes before anything else.


Additionally, using synthetic oils for your oil changes will also add to the longevity of your old car. These types of oils not only keep your engine cleaner, but it burns more efficiently. Using synthetic oils will keep the slug off your engine and require less oil and filter changes. It might be a little more upfront in cost, but in the long run will save you hundreds, if not thousands in car repair. So love your old car and when you work on your car, consider these few small adjustments; it could add jingle to your pocket.

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