The average age of cars on the road today is higher than ever — over 11 years old, according to IHS Automotive.
There’s no getting around this one: A car that’s not regularly serviced won’t last as long as one that is. Regular maintenance is “the key to the automotive fountain of youth,” says Tom Torbjornsen, author of How to Make Your Car Last Forever. But at a certain point, the manufacturer’s schedule may fail a high-mileage driver — as it sometimes lacks specifics beyond, say, 150,000 miles, other than to start over as if the car were at mile zero.
Like other experts we spoke with, Oakes recommends building your own maintenance schedule with a trusted, certified mechanic who knows you’re interested in going the distance. If your routine is to plop into the driver’s seat in a darkened garage at one end of your trip and hustle out of the car when you reach the lot at work, it’s time to shake things up a little.
Lauren Fix, an automotive analyst and author of Lauren Fix's Guide to Loving Your Car, suggests looking back at where you’ve parked every time you pull away. Though your sight is the most important sense when driving your car, hearing may actually be the most important one to keeping it running. No, really, your nose can help you head off problems that could endanger your run for 200,000+ miles. Smell can also come into play if your car has a dipstick to check the level of the automatic transmission fluid (not as common as it used to be). If there’s one single thing you can do as a driver to get your car to last longer on its original parts, it’s to drive it less — specifically, on trips where the engine doesn’t have a chance to reach operating temperature. Here’s what happens: Water is a byproduct of engine combustion, and some of it gets into your car’s oil and exhaust system every time the engine runs.
On a longer trip, your car’s engine gets hot, boiling the unburned fuel out of the oil, your engine and your exhaust — that's a good thing. Nothing gets motorheads more riled up than the question of which oil to use and how often to change it.
If changing the transmission fluid and filter is specified in your car’s maintenance schedule, well, then, take care of it. Note that there’s considerable controversy about whether it makes more sense to “flush” your car’s transmission fluid or have the pan on the bottom of the transmission removed and cleaned out. Just as you keep the fluids in your car’s critical systems fresh and clean, you should keep your car’s exterior clean. But getting up close and personal is also about looking for small problems that could lead to costlier repairs. It’s a given that you’ll be replacing what are known as “wear parts”: tires, brake pads, timing and accessory belts, and shock absorbers. Lauren Fix specifically recommends looking at your suspension bearings and bushings — metal and rubber bits, often doughnut-shaped, that isolate your suspension from the rest of the car and dampen noise.


The importance of replacing timing belts, which ensure that your engine’s valves open and close at precisely the right time, was also driven home by our experts. On many cars, he explained, the labor cost of reaching both of these parts is high, but the parts themselves are relatively cheap, “so it’s worth it to replace them at the same time” to save on labor. We reserve the right to excerpt or edit any posted comments for clarity, appropriateness, civility, and relevance to the topic. All those who have been in a relationship and who are in a relationship, will totally agree to the aforementioned quote. Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it. And with the average car adding more than 10,000 miles to the odometer each year, it’s practically a given that you’ll hit the once-notable milestone of 100,000 miles. Squeezing maximum life out of your ride at minimum cost means being attentive to your car in a variety of ways. It’s what it says right there in the maintenance schedule of your owner’s manual, says Torbjornsen.
But a short trip won’t do that, allowing the slurry of oil, water and fuel in your crankcase to eventually turn into a noxious sludge. And for Pete’s sake, don’t park in front of the garage and then pull the car in when you’re going to bed. Increasingly, car manufacturers are either just indicating that the fluid should be checked at intervals or assuring you that the fluid is “lifetime.” To which we say, how long is a lifetime? Flushing allows all of of the old fluid to be removed but doesn’t do anything about the (possibly dirty) filter inside your transmission.
Washing road salts and other environmental nasties off your paint and undercarriage at regular intervals will forestall corrosion and faded paint. But as you head for the land of six-figure mileage, there are some other parts you should be looking to replace before they fail. If they’re allowed to deteriorate and break, “it could affect the alignment of the car, and that can affect the life of the tires and cost you money.” The regular inspections you’re having done (right?) should pick up a bushing going south, but if you’re replacing your shocks and struts, consider having all the bushings done at the same time.
And when that belt’s being replaced, suggests Molla, go ahead and get the water pump replaced, too, even if it hasn’t failed. A great number of films, over the years, have helped us understand the depths of various emotions.
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If there are, next time park on some cardboard, and you’ll know where it was coming from,” says Fix. If it smells burnt, that could be a sign that your engine is running too lean (not using enough fuel). Note that more manufacturers are specifying synthetic oil, particularly in performance models. If you’re looking for a long lifetime, plan on replacing the transmission fluid at least by 100,000 miles (and there’s no harm in doing it earlier).
Dropping the pan will get out any sludge that collected in it and will usually entail a new filter, but less old fluid will come out — and less fresh, new fluid will go in. Flushing, warns radio host Torbjornsen, will only accelerate its demise by introducing new fluid whose detergents will dissolve whatever’s still holding together in there.
Tackle these fixes proactively to avoid larger repair bills that might lead you to give up on a car before its time.
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The trick lies in finding something you love about your partner each day, so that you never grow out of love. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.
And if your engine is turbocharged or supercharged, definitely go with synthetic to handle the higher thermal stress. It has been a passive entertainer, a record of history, a painter of the future, a fodder to our imaginations, and a zealous believer in love. That’s a really important piece of information you can give to your mechanic,” explains Fix.
All the experts we spoke to are big fans of synthetic products, not just engine oil but also other fluids in your car, such as the transmission fluid.
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