For as much as we talk about new cars at Harbin Automotive, the simple fact is that most people aren’t driving new cars. Heck, most people aren’t even interested in buying cars, and would much rather get optimal performance from the car they currently have. If that’s the case for you, then today’s post has your car in mind. Here are our best tips to help get your car to 200,000 miles, which is totally feasible, but not without a little work.
Get Your Car to 200,000 Miles
Get Regular Maintenance. We can’t stress this enough. There are fixes on your vehicle that you won’t think to get, and then there are those that you won’t get until a part fails. But with regular maintenance, you can help to solve these problems before they happen. The thing about cars is, when one part fails, others are likely to follow, so it’s a great idea to get ahead of the potential failures.
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Use Your Senses, Literally. Whenever you pull away from your driveway, look for leaks on the pavement. Listen for knocks or squeaks from your car, and pay attention to what speed you’re driving when they occur. Smell for something that seems abnormal, such as burnt fuel, oil or radiator fluid. Keeping tabs with your senses will give you a good idea what to tell a mechanic when you go in for repairs, and will save a ton of time that might be spent looking for problems.
Eliminate Short Trips. Long trips are generally better for older cars than short ones, and here’s why: every time you start your car, water is produced as a byproduct of engine combustion. On longer trips — say, longer than five miles — your engine gets warm enough to boil off the water and unburned fuel. However, on shorter trips, this doesn’t happen, and this water can turn to sludge that eats away at your motor over time.
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Use Synthetic Fluids. Think of this as insurance against an engine rebuild (or transmission rebuild, as the case may be). Synthetic fluids are definitely more expensive than non-synthetics, but they are better at battling corrosion and handling the stress of high miles. When your car is getting up there on the odometer, it’s worth the extra money.
Be Proactive with “Wear Parts.” What are “wears parts,” you ask? These are the parts that will have to be replaced regardless of the care you take of your car, simply because they wear out over time. Having to replace parts such as tires, brake pads, belts, bearings and bushings are just a fact of life, but replacing them before the fail is a great way to insure that you won’t take on other costs.
These are just a small sampling of the many ways you can get ahead of the game and help get your car to that elusive 200,000-mile odometer reading. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at Harbin Automotive to help you get there, click on the button below!