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How to Keep an Older Vehicle Functioning For Longer

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Older vehicles can be difficult to maintain but with the right tips you can keep them up-and-running for longer.

In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for many owners to keep a car for two or three years and then trade it in. These days, that has slowed down for many of us and simply isn’t an option any longer. Vehicles are more reliable and more expensive as well, which leaves many of us holding onto our cars for years and years. However, maintaining an older vehicle presents its own challenges and difficulties. Knowing what kind of maintenance to prioritize is critical. Any vehicles are going to benefit from acting proactively, but with that in mind, we do have some tips for keeping an older vehicle functioning for longer.

Changing Your Oil

An oil change is one of the most important maintenance tasks when it comes to ensuring your vehicle has a long life. When it comes to most vehicles, that means changing the oil between every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. If you drive in extreme conditions, however, this may not be adequate. There are high mileage motor oils out there that have higher doses of additives, which can help prevent burn-off. This oil won’t harm your engine, but nonetheless, regular oil changes is an important factor in preserving the integrity of your engine.

Watching Your Brakes

Over time, the brake pads and shoes of your vehicle need to be replaced once they begin to wear down. This of course depends on your driving habits as well as where you drive, though the average you can expect is 30-40,000 miles. However, there are plenty of indicators that your pads are wearing thin, usually beginning with a squealing noise that happens when your brakes are engaged. If you do hear that horrible noise, it’s time to head to an auto shop.

Rotors and Drums

Your pads and shoes aren’t the only parts of your brakes that need regular attention. Everything including your calipers, rotors, and drums are all going to need your attention and, if not taken care of, you can end up getting into an accident. You may get a “pulsating” sensation when you engage your brakes, which is a sign that you need to visit a mechanic immediately.

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Liberty Collision is here to assist you. As a larger repair and paint shop working within the Randallstown area, our expert technicians are capable of tackling every element of collision repair. We love working with our community and beyond, so drop on by and give us a visit! Our shop is located at 9339 Liberty Rd Randallstown, MD 21132 and we can be contacted by phone at (443) 405-6908 or email at Drop by our shop Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. For future updates and news, give us a follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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