If a lack of funds has forced you to hold onto an older car longer than you had planned, it is important that you take good care of it. An older car might require more TLC than a newer one, but it can be just as dependable if treated right. Here are some areas of your car to focus on the most.
Whether you have a new car or an old one, the brakes are an important component. Since you are dealing with an older car, you will need to check them more often than with a newer model car. One way you can check your brakes' condition is to look at the brake fluid. Brake fluid that is clear or an amber color is a sign that your system is in good shape. Darker fluid that has debris in it means that you have a brake job in your future.
Take your car in to have the brake lines inspected. During the inspection, ask your mechanic to check out your rotors, brake drums, and the wheel bearings. The mechanic can provide you with an estimate of how much longer you have on each. He or she can even help you set up a maintenance schedule that is specifically designed for your car.
Your cooling system is another vital component of your car. The system is responsible for keeping various areas of your car cool under the pressure of operating. A good cooling system could be the difference between your engine and radiator lasting a long time and a cataclysmic breakdown.
To ensure your cooling system is handling its job, check the hoses periodically. If any of the hoses are worn or cracked, replace them. In most instances, you only need to remove the clamps that are holding the hoses and replace them with new hoses. You should also have your mechanic check your water pump. The water pump can be checked out at the same time as your engine.
None of the other parts of your car matter if the engine is not working. The engine is the driving force behind all other parts and it requires lubrication. Check your car's oil frequently and change it as recommended. You should also have your engine professionally inspected at least once every year. By getting ahead of problems with the engine, you can possibly save on a major repair.
Talk to your mechanic about other things you can do to extend the life of your older car. Remember, the better you care for it, the longer it will live. Contact a shop liker Doc Able's Auto Clinic Inc to get started.Share
5 June 2015
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