Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Mackert Automotive LLC we've had a lot of Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor, and Gig Harbor clients asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in Washington. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of Gig Harbor folks are putting off buying a new car.

So let's say you're one of the average car owners in the Gig Harbor area; you've got a nine year old car with 80,000 miles on the odometer. What can you to do make it last another year or two?

Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles with proper care in Gig Harbor. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.

Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no reason for a catastrophic meltdown if brilliant Gig Harbor drivers stay on top of their recommended car maintenance. The maintenance schedule in some automobile manufacturer's owner's manuals runs out at 60,000 miles or so: how do Gig Harbor motorists know what to do when they're way past that?

It is a challenge, for example: If a service is recommended every 15,000 miles for the first 60,000 miles you can just keep getting it done at least every 15,000 miles after you hit 60,000 miles. But, it gets more complicated because older engines lose some efficiency, are dirtier inside and are just more stressed. That means it's very important to not miss any scheduled services. Skipping just one oil change at Mackert Automotive LLC in Gig Harbor, for example, leaves an opportunity for harmful sludge to build up. Talk to your friendly and courteous Mackert Automotive LLC service specialist.

So all the usual things like oil changes, transmission service, coolant service, brakes, power steering, fuel system cleaning - all that stuff needs to be maintained. People responsible for fleet vehicles around Gig Harbor are sticklers for scheduled maintenance. They know that money spent on maintenance saves them three ways:

  1. it keeps gas mileage from decreasing;
  2. it prevents expensive repairs, and;
  3. they can postpone purchasing new vehicles.

Having the oil changed may be the most important thing motorists can do. A full-service oil change at Mackert Automotive LLC means that all of your other fluids get topped off so they are never low enough to cause damage. It also gives your friendly and courteous Mackert Automotive LLC tech a chance to spot problems in the early stages so that you can fix them before they get expensive. And it gives you a touch point with an automotive professional along the way to remind you of things that aren't scheduled as often - things like differential service and timing belt replacement.

If you live in the Gig Harbor area and have an older vehicle, you may need to follow the severe service maintenance schedule. Check your owner's manual and talk with your technician at Mackert Automotive LLC. Conditions inside an older engine, transmission and cooling system can arguably be considered severe - so shorter intervals could well be called for.

And, the team at Mackert Automotive LLC strongly encourages Gig Harbor drivers to consider using high mileage formulation fluids. They're fluids like engine oil, transmission fluid and coolant that are formulated for older engines. They have special additives to clean deposits, and to condition and restore seals and gaskets that dry out with age. Some Gig Harbor auto owners start using higher mileage formulations at around 50,000 miles as a preventive measure.

Of course you also want to still look marvelous in your older car as you drive around Gig Harbor. Salt and road grime wreak havoc on your paint job and can lead to body rust - so regular washing is very important. Also, a good quality waxing is recommended at least twice a year.

Give us a call for more information:

Mackert Automotive LLC
3416-B 57th ST CT NW
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
253-851-3307

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