There is no real mystery to making a vehicle last a long time. To keep your car or truck running like a well-oiled machine and looking brand new for years, regular maintenance is key.
“At OnSite OilChange, we do much more than just change your oil,” said Steve Morrow of OnSite OilChange. “For fleets and personal vehicles we offer a 10-point service, which includes everything from changing the oil to pressurizing your tires and more. It is always our aim to do more than the basics so that you can be sure your vehicle stays in great shape and is always ready to go.”
Here are some easy steps from OnSite OilChange to help you make your car last.
Regularly change the oil. Frequent oil changes are probably the one most important way to make your car’s engine last longer. You need to change your oil every 5,000 miles (most vehicles). OnSite OilChange makes it EASY because we come to your location and carefully change the oil right there at your work or home.
Listen to your car. If you pay attention, your car can often tell you exactly what needs to be fixed. For example, those squealing brakes mean you need new pads. If you ignore that sound, eventually you’ll hear scraping metal, which means you need new rotors. Listen to your car and get odd sounds checked before they get worse.
Don’t run your gas tank down to empty. Many experts say that if your car gets down to E, the sediment in your gas tank will get sucked into the fuel system and will gradually clog your fuel injectors. Running down to E does mean that you cut the life of the fuel pump considerably, since the fuel actually cools the pump.
Use your parking brake. When you park on even a slight incline without using the parking brake, you’re putting all of the weight of the car on your transmission. By using the parking brake, you lock the non-drive wheels as well as the drive wheels and take the stress off of the transmission. It will add years of life to your car’s transmission.
Come to a complete stop before shifting. When you shift without stopping, the gears inside your transmission work as brakes, which put an amazing amount of stress on them. You can also damage your drive shaft connections, the things that send power to the wheels, by shifting that way. After a while, it will lead to worn out axles or u-joints and a worn-out transmission.
Keep your car’s interior in good shape. Dirty materials do not last as long as clean ones, whether it’s leather, fabric, carpeting or other materials. As dirt and stains accumulate, they become harder to remove. So be sure to clean it up once in a while, and try not to spill those coffees and sodas!
Don’t pressure wash the engine. A modern engine is complex. With all kinds of sensors and electronic components, it’s no place for a high-pressure water jet. Spraying a high-powered jet of water around rubber seals and hoses and electrical parts will eventually dislodge something important. A regular garden hose with some biodegradable engine cleaner is okay if you want to wash it down. Just avoid using high pressure.
Don’t rev your car at start-up. When you start the car, the oil hasn’t yet worked its way up through the system, so the engine is working without much lubricant. Often, more wear happens at start-up than at most other times. The right way to do it is just let the car sit and idle for about 30 seconds at the least.