Vehicles don’t last forever, but with a little upkeep, they last a lot longer than you’d think. Cars are a huge investment, and we want them to keep them in as strong a shape as possible. However, we often don’t do a good enough job of this. We tend to say we’ll get maintenance done “down the road,” but by continually putting it off, our car ends up with long-term issues. If we want our vehicles to last, we’ve got to take a little bit of initiative and sometimes sweat the small stuff.
How to Get Your Vehicle to Last
At Kennedy Transmission, we understand the difficulty of sustaining a well-functioning vehicle – especially if it’s used or has been running for a long time. But vehicle longevity mostly comes down to following service intervals and, when the time comes, replacement of ineffective parts. The following are five things you can do to extend the life of your vehicle.
- Keep Up with Your Oil Changes: This may seem obvious, but holding to your oil change schedule is the most effective way to get your car to last. Oil is your vehicle’s lifeblood, providing lubrication to your engine and assuring its parts work effectively. Without this maintenance, sludge will form, and clogged passages will prevent oil from circulating throughout the engine. Keep your engine happy, and stay on top of your suggested oil changes.
- Service Your Cooling System: Like your oil, your coolant must be replaced regularly. Coolant protects your engine from overheating or freezing, and it circulates through many parts of your cooling system (radiator, water pump, etc.). Over time, this liquid becomes corrosive and may cause damage to your radiator and other parts. Service your cooling system routinely to safeguard your engine and keep your cooling system in working order.
- Service Your Transmission: Even with an automatic transmission, you can’t forget about it. Like coolant does for your cooling system, transmission fluid lubricates and cleans your transmission. Get your fluid and filter replaced regularly to preserve your transmission and keep it running smoothly.
- Replace Worn Parts: While oil, coolant, and transmission fluid do a lot to protect their corresponding systems in your vehicle, sometimes the parts around them break down from normal wear and tear. By getting worn parts replaced, you can protect your car’s most important systems and extend its overall life. Some of these parts include the serpentine and timing belt, air and fuel filters, PCV valve, and battery.
- Wash and Clean It: You want your vehicle’s appearance to reflect how well it runs. To preserve its body and protect its finish, wash it regularly. Also, use cleaners and protectants to improve the appearance of your interiors and tires. After all, you’ll be even more proud to drive a long-lasting car if it looks good.
Brighten Your Vehicle’s Future with Kennedy Transmission
Like doctor’s visits, routine maintenance to your vehicle makes sure it’s in good physical health. It’s the biggest step in making sure your car or truck lives a long and productive life. The amount of work you need done might seem overwhelming at first, but Kennedy Transmission is here to offer advice and plan out the services you need. With experienced technicians and top-notch service, we’re the go-to place in Minnesota for your next automotive job.
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