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Auto Maintenance: 3 Tips For Extending The Life Of Your SUV

A car is a significant investment, so it is worthwhile to give it the care it deserves. A properly maintained vehicle can last for many years and hundreds of thousands of miles of use. It is worthwhile to spend a little extra in maintenance to avoid the much greater expense of having to fix a major problem or buy a new car. There are many things you can do to extend the life of your SUV.


Check And Change Engine Fluids According To Schedule

Most people understand the importance of getting regular oil changes. Many factors can impact exactly how often you need to change your oil. This includes the quality of the oil itself. Synthetic oils tend to last longer. No matter the quality of your oil or how much you drive, your oil should be changed at least once or twice a year. Most oils will need to be changed every 5,000 to 7,000 miles.


Oil is not the only important fluid in your car. Multiple other fluids, such as transmissions fluid and coolant are often overlooked. These fluids do not need to be changed as often as oil, but they are still very important and should be changed according to the vehicle’s maintenance schedule. If fluid levels drop too low or are contaminated with debris, they can cause serious damage to an engine or transmission and may even require these expensive parts be replaced.


Have Your Car Tuned Up Regularly

Regularly taking your vehicle to a professional mechanic for a check and tune up is important to keeping it running smoothly for a long time. Most cars do not suddenly or instantly break down. More often, problems slowly accumulate and grow more serious until something vital breaks or the engine cannot keep going. Regular tune ups find and fix these small problems before they become major.


This is especially important if you have bought a used vehicle. After you buy a used vehicle, have it taken to a mechanic and inspected. If possible, request this inspection be done before you purchase the vehicle. If buying from a regular dealer, like Woody Sander Ford, consider purchasing a used car that has been inspected and certified by their mechanics.


Practice Good Driving Habits

One of the simplest things you can do to extend your vehicle’s life is drive in a way that exerts minimal wear and tear on your vehicle’s components. Gasoline engines function best when they slowly increase or decrease rpm and hold a steady rpm for as long as possible.


This means you should drive as consistently as possible. Avoid rapid acceleration or harsh braking as harsh or sudden acceleration wears your engine. Braking will wear out your brake pads and rotors, which can be expensive to replace. The constant gear shifting associated with sudden and continuous speed changes will also wear the transmission. Time and trip management will help you run your engine when it’s warm. Try to string errands or other frequent stops together so your engine is still warm when you start it again.


By practicing these and other driving and maintenance habits, you can squeeze every last mile of quality life out of your vehicle. By keeping your car in good condition regularly, you can decrease the overall costs of maintenance and greatly extend full vehicle life.

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