Whatyou can do your­self to keep your car on the road

New Ross Standard - - CAR MAINTENANCE -

IF EV­ERY­THING on TV were true, then keep­ing a ve­hi­cle run­ning great, look­ing good, and last­ing a long time would be the eas­i­est thing ever. Ad­ver­tis­ing will tell us over and over that all we re­ally need to do to keep your car run­ning for­ever and look­ing brand new for years is to pour some bot­tles of miracle liq­uid into the crank­case, sprin­kle magic dust on the paint, or spray some sort of ion­ized won­der wa­ter on the in­te­rior. Un­for­tu­nately this is not the case.

Fol­low­ing the old adage that “if it sounds too good to be true it prob­a­bly is” comes the news that reg­u­lar, proper care and main­te­nance are what re­ally keep ve­hi­cles go­ing into the high six-fig­ure mileage ranges.

Reg­u­larly sched­uled main­te­nance and lu­bri­ca­tion us­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­mended type and for­mu­la­tion of oil, grease and liq­uids is what will do the trick. Re­plac­ing nor­mal wear-and-tear parts such as tim­ing belts be­fore they break is also a good path to fol­low on the road to long ve­hi­cle life. Tak­ing good care of your ve­hi­cle can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing the proud owner of a good look­ing, long last­ing, re­li­able ma­chine, and say­ing good­bye to a rusty, faded-paint jalopy that fell apart or broke down long be­fore it was de­signed to.

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