Tips to take care of your aging carJuly 26, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
These are bad times for people who don’t like keepin a car for more than 3-4 years. A decade back it wasn’t a bad idea. Fuel prices were in control and people earned decently. 10 years ahead in time, economy has depreciated globally and fuel prices have gone up exponentially. These times call fot a change in our car habits and though it may not be obvious but we will have to keep our cars for longer periods. Of course these times will get over, but till then we are providing you a few suggestions about keeping your car healthier.
First of all pay attention to your cooling system. They keep the car running and deserve some attention. Hoses that carry coolant fluids go through a lot of pressure and the water pump keeps the car alive.For what these perform, they will wear down quite quickly and hence if you want it to be a keeper, you need to shower love on these pipes. If they have not been changed in a long time, you should get them checked right now else they will surely betray you if forced in any extreme condition. As soon as you smell bad odor or green fluid in your garage, you should get the water pumps checked.
We all know how much braking helps in keeping the car young. To check if things are in order you first need to bleed your brakes. If a clear amber clear fluid comes out no need to worry, keep rushing and braking. But if a dark fluid with dust appears it requires immediate attention. Checking this is not a very difficult task, anyone even with some mediocre knowledge of cars can perform it, but if you are not sure better go meet someone. More than seven years old cars should get their rubber brake line replaced and while you are at it check for the brearings if brake drums need to be removed. As a precaution change your brake fluid every 2 years.
The most important thing, that makes your car run, the engine oil needs to be checked regularly. If you witness dark fluid with silver pieces and metal flakes or tne fluid is hard, you have got problems. A basic solution is to drain the oil and replacing the oil filters. Then synthetic oil should be filled in the crankcase and then the car should be taken for a spin of 50 to 100 miles. This should do the trick, else specialists are always there.
One thing to note is that a car is not you toy and while some of the things are very basic and you can do it yourselves, don’t do it unless you are not fully sure. Take help. If you keep these feew things in mind, you and your car will surely have alonger lasting relation.