Do you have a vehicle that’s been around a while? If you do, you’re not alone: The average age of cars on the road in 2013 was 11.4 years. Not just classic convertibles, but everyday rides to get us from Point A to Point B need a little extra TLC, in order to remain in good working order. As you might imagine, a huge part of the equation is regular maintenance.
Replacing Fluids and Filters
The single most important maintenance responsibility of all automobile owners, is checking and changing the oil regularly. If you fail to do so, your engine will quickly deteriorate. If you get your oil changed professionally, changing the filter is usually part of the deal. You’ll also want to keep track of date and mileage and know the recommended frequency for oil changes on your particular vehicle.
In addition to regular oil and oil filter changes, you’ll want to get differential oil and transmission fluid changed out occasionally. The coolant will need to get flushed out, as well, and the brake fluid needs to get replaced. The older your ride, the more significant it will be to stay on top of these necessities.
Repacking Wheel Bearings
Wheel bearings help decrease friction, allowing the wheels to spin freely. Having your wheel bearings inspected will require flushing the bearings and repacking them by adding grease to the openings between and housing containing them.
Because grease reduces friction, adding it will help you avoid overheating and bearing failure, which can result in dangers associated with a wobbly wheel or your vehicle pulling to the side.
Reducing Environmental Impact
While the inner workings of your vehicle are of primary importance, you don’t want to neglect the exterior. If it’s possible to keep your vehicle in an enclosed area, doing so would be ideal. Even if you don’t have access to a garage, you can help decrease the negative effects of the sun, such as fading both exterior and interior surfaces, by parking in the shade or using a UV protectant on leather, vinyl, and plastic surfaces.
Especially for those of us who live in areas with cold winters, it’s important to reduce the effect that rock salt can have in corroding the underside of your vehicle, as much as possible. You can avoid much of the potential damage by rinsing the salt from your vehicle before washing it. Throughout the year, it’s a good idea to wash your vehicle regularly and wax it approximately every three months.
In addition to replacing fluids and filters, repacking wheel bearings, and reducing environmental impact on your vehicle, you can help extend the life of your automobile by listening carefully to any unusual sounds. Be especially vigilant about any whining, rattling, or scraping sounds. With vigilant maintenance, you can help your vehicle remain safe and lookin’ good for many miles to come.
The Nicholas Insurance Agency, led by Greg Nicholas, is a family owned business serving the York county, Pennsylvania region. In the insurance business since 1981, Greg Nicholas helps families, businesses and individuals understand the value of different insurance products and make wise decisions when selecting the best insurance products for their specific situations.
Offering exclusively Allstate insurance products, the Nicholas Agency provides auto, homeowners, rental and landlord insurance as well as life & disability, recreational vehicle, motorcycle and personal liability insurance.
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