Improved Engineering Means Caring for Older Cars

January 14th, 2013 by

Timing BeltYou probably have a friend or family member who’s got a thing for older cars. Usually tastes run toward muscle cars like the Mustang or the Camaro, and you’ll hear fans talk about how cars were just made better “back in the day.” While I won’t argue against aesthetic choices, and there is something appealing about some of those older cars, you’ll have a hard time finding a car that was made better than they are now.

In fact, mechanics and car owners are having to figure out better ways to take care of the average car as it ages, because people are keeping their vehicles longer now that they last longer.

Car Care Tips for Older Vehicles

There are many aspects of a vehicle that you’ll want to keep an eye on as it ages. Some particular areas to watch include:

  • •  Undercarriage- Even with regular washing, the undercarriage of your car can store some nasty grime, especially in areas like ours where the streets see snow and salt every winter. Components such as rubber bushings in the suspension, ball joints, and exhaust hangers can all get damaged over time.
  • •  Pipes and tubing- You might not notice slight leaks in your engine fluids unless you are checking regularly, but that’s the best way to be sure that a tiny leak doesn’t turn into a big problem. Check your vehicle’s pipes and tubing to make sure that nothing important is dripping beneath them. You can put a drip tray underneath your vehicle too, but you won’t always notice some things unless you pop the hood and see where, say, your coolant has been dripping and evaporating off.
  • •  Belts- These are often easy to check, as a simple close look every once in a while will tell you what kind of shape they are in. A good rule of thumb is to have your engine’s belts replaced every 75,000 miles or so, too.
  • •  Exterior- Just as your undercarriage, you’ll want to make sure winter grime and salt don’t linger on your car too long. A car wash can be one of the simplest, most inexpensive ways to keep your vehicle looking good and retaining its value for years and years. Don’t forget a fresh coat of wax every once in a while too.

Get a Tune-Up at Middletown Honda

Like I said, you can check all of these things yourself, but we recommend you trust anything but the most minor of repairs to a professional. And while you can check the performance of your engine and the wear on your components on your own, we’ll gladly do it for you with a tune-up. So, if your car’s getting up there in years, schedule a tune-up at Middletown Honda.

We want to work with you to keep your car looking and feeling like new.