More Americans are keeping their cars longer, with most consumers now using cars with as much as one to two hundred thousand miles on them. So, how should you care for your car differently as it ages? There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your car safe and running smoothly as the odometer increases:
- Do not delay on oil changes and other routine maintenance. As your vehicle ages, routine appointments and oil changes are necessary to keeping your car running in top shape. Try adding reminders to your calendar to stay on top of them.
- Keep track of your gas mileage. If you notice a change in fuel efficiency beyond a couple miles per gallon between fill-ups, this may be a sign of a leaking tank or other problem that requires the attention of a repair shop.
- Monitor the cooling system. You have put the engine of your car to the test over the years, and the cooling system has worked just as hard to regulate the heat it radiates. If you notice green fluid leaking from the front of your vehicle or if you have never replaced the cooling pumps in your car, you may consider a call to a local shop to get it looked at. Better to err on the side of caution here, as the engine is the life
If your vehicle is making strange noises, not starting immediately every time, or jerking while in gear these may be signs of a larger issue. Search Carwise for a shop near you to have it examined by a professional. As always, we welcome you to add to our list in the comment section below!