I was reading an article over the weekend in Business Fleet magazine and thought maybe someone not familiar with or just happens to have an older vehicle might like to know a few things. things that will help extend a vehicle pass its possible prime and or just to keep it in good running and looking good condition. These things could help you gain better fuel economy and even possibly help you regain the joy you once had for driving that old car or truck. Or maybe you just want to be able to pass it on with confidence and no worries.
So what are a few things you can do?
•Increase the oil change cycles on the vehicle. help an older engine regain new life by cleaning out the pistons and not letting the oild breakdown as much as you did when it first was new. Go with an oil that is geared for and older engine that will help slow the aging.
•Upgrade the exhuast and airflow systems so that the motor can breathe again. After such a long time on the road the exhaust system corrodes and causes the engine to choke maybe not have as much pickup. New exhaust could make a great improvement and new air breather or cold air intake would help up front to lull in beteer cooler clean air.
•Check your Plugs and coils or direct igiition regularly(every 6 months or years) move the reccomended replacement interval down by say 2000 miles. by doing this you can check to see ahead of time if engine is develoing or has a problem. Plus change those 02 sensors no matter what every 85,000 miles.
•Always make sure the tires are good. Not cracking and peeling or under inflated with low tread life. Make sure tire sizes are right as well for the vehicle. If larger or smaller be sure to recalibrate your speedometer so you are going the right speed limit and not too fast or slow where you could damge the tranny or rearend and also effect the fuel economy of the vehicle. You alos want to be sure to rotate on a regular basis as well to help with life and good fuel economy as well.
•Transmissions are going to be a problem in an older vehicle so get them service at good intervals the odler the vehicle the more often you want ot service. a good interval is every 30,000 miles once over 100,000 miles if car is in heavy use or every 50,000 if not. Evenif sealed for 100,000.00miles. still have an inspection to make sure fluid is right and no leaks or noises or shifting issues go unattended.
•Keep the aftermarket equipment on the vehicle to aminimum if you are operating a vehicle for work. watch the load. she is older just like the person driving don’t as much as you uset too. do you? vehicles are the same way they carry what they use too, The stress takes it’s toll lighten up okn the ol’girl.
•Have a regular cleaning of the fuel injection system there are some great cleaning systems out there that will help keep the intakes and valves nice and lubricated.
All in all You just have to keep up the tlc and the vehicle will keep doing the job it was purchased for by you. Or you can retire it and move it on to another who would appreciate it and unite it with a lessor job suitable for it’s age and the needs of the one it is passed on too. I hope these tidbits are worth while and HAPPY MOTORING TO ALL OF YOU YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE.
Please be safe on the Road use your commonsense as well as all the fancy gadegets designed to make you comfortable and safe on the road.