More and more drivers are keeping their cars for a more extended period. Back in 2000, the average age of a passenger vehicle is only 9 years. But it increased to almost 12 years nowadays. So if you are one of those drivers, you should know how to take care of your old car better.
Love Your Old Car Like New Again
It’s easy to lose the interest you once had with your car the first time you drove it off the parking lot when it starts to show signs of aging. But the more it gets old, the more care you should give to it because it might put you in danger if you keep using an old car that doesn’t have proper maintenance. It may be old and even ugly, but if you don’t take good care of it, it could pay you back by leaving you stranded. Here are some tips to show your love again to your old car.
1. Prioritize your cooling system
Hoses live a hard life because they’re forced to transport high-pressure fluids. In return, they conspire to fail on aging cars at the worst possible times and places. So if you don’t remember when was the last time you had them replaced, now is the good time to do it.
2. Keep your braking system youthful
Completely replace the brake fluid every two years. Also, check on the smaller pieces while you’re disassembling the brakes. If your car is older, replace the rubber brake lines, too.
3. Don’t DIY everything
You shouldn’t just rely on yourself for fixing everything. Your car also requires attention from specialists. So make sure to bring it to a repair shop to check critical components.
4. Maintenance is the key
Neglected maintenance can be dangerous for both people and engines. Make sure to keep your car alive by changing the oil, transmission fluid, etc.