Used to be 100,000 miles was the longevity target when cars were defined as old at the age of seven. That’s not the case anymore. These days the average age of cars on the road today is over 11 years old, according to IHS Automotive. And with the average car adding more than 10,000 miles to the odometer each year, it’s practically a given that you’ll hit the once-notable milestone of 100,000 miles. It’s easy to get more mileage out of your vehicle. Just follow these simple high mileage car maintenance steps to achieve bang-for-the-buck longevity.
Automobile owners often wonder when shocks and struts should be replaced. There is no concrete answer to this question. All sorts of variables must be considered. The number of miles the vehicle is driven, the manner in which the vehicle is operated (gently, aggressively etc.), the kinds of terrain its driven over and other factors matter a great deal. This is why it is fairly difficult to pinpoint an exact number of years or miles for shocks and struts replacement.
Owning a vehicle is anything but cheap. You have to pay for insurance, gas, tires, brakes and so on. However, you can greatly reduce the cost of vehicle ownership by performing auto repairs on your own. Let’s take a look at some DIY auto repairs anyone can do.
Most vehicles today have some form of Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPMS.) You know you have TPMS if the “low tire pressure” warning light appears on your dash when the key is turned to the “on” position. It is designed to warn you whenever your tires are 20% or more below pressure. It sounds simple enough but read on to the better understand your tire pressure indicator.
There are many different types of wiper blades and different ways to replace them. But they are all made soft rubber that wears out easily. Wiper wear and tear can make it hard for you to properly see out your windshield in various lighting conditions and weather. This is crucial to the safety of you and your passengers. If you notice any of the following seven issues, it’s time to take a few minutes and replace your windshield wipers.
The transmission is a very important part of your vehicle. It can take quite a bit of wear and tear. However, transmission problems can dramatically affect the drivability of your vehicle. And those problems could become quite costly. Here is a look at five common mistakes that you should avoid if you want to extend the life of your transmission.
Every vehicle owner should understand the basics of auto engine oil. Oil is your vehicle’s lifeblood. If you add the wrong type of oil or don’t change it frequently enough, your vehicle won’t perform up to its potential. Let’s take a look at the different types of oil to help you figure out which is ideal for your vehicle.
Scheduling a transmission flush every two years or after 30,000 to 45,000 miles is often enough. However, you may need a transmission flush sooner to protect your car, especially if you start experiencing problems when on the road. If you do not have access to your car’s service history or you have not given it proper service, it might be due for a transmission flush. Alternatively, if you drive on a dusty road often, you may need to flush your transmission to improve your safety on the road.
A modern automobile transmission is a highly engineered and exactly manufactured mechanism. In fact, they are so well-designed and durably built that they are expected to last for seven to twelve years if given the proper maintenance. However, things do go wrong if certain precautions are not taken. Here is a quick rundown on the most common reasons for a transmission failure:
If you detect an odor coming from your vehicle, it is an indication something has gone wrong with the vehicle’s engine, wiring or other systems. Do not ignore this important warning sign. It is imperative that you have the odorous portion of the vehicle tended to by an experienced automotive professional. Let’s take a look at some common vehicle odors and what they signify. (more…)