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Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

Posted September 19, 2021 9:46 AM

At 804 Auto Repair we've had a lot of North Chesterfield customers 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 VA. 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 (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of VA folks are putting off buying a new car. 

So let's say you're one of the average in the North Chesterfield area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to 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 (320,000 km) with proper care in North Chesterfield. 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 North Chesterfield drivers stay on top of their recommended car maintenance. The maintenance schedule in some vehicle manufacturer's owner's manuals runs out at 60,000 miles (100,000 km) or so: how do North Chesterfield vehicle owners 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 (24,000 km) for the first 60,000 miles (100,000 km), you can just keep getting it done at least every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) after you hit 60,000 miles (100,000 km). 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 804 Auto Repair in North Chesterfield, for example, leaves an opportunity for sludge to build up. Talk to your service advisor at 804 Auto Repair for more details.

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 North Chesterfield are sticklers for scheduled maintenance. They know that money spent on maintenance saves them three ways:

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

Having the oil changed may be the most important thing North Chesterfield drivers can do. A full-service oil change at 804 Auto Repair 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 knowledgeable 804 Auto Repair service advisor a chance to spot problems in the early stages so that you can fix them before they get worse. 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 North Chesterfield area and have an older vehicle, you may need to follow the severe service maintenance schedule. Check your owner's manual and talk with us at 804 Auto Repair. 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 804 Auto Repair strongly encourages North Chesterfield 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 North Chesterfield auto owners start using higher mileage formulations at around 50,000 miles (80,000 km) as a preventive measure.

Of course you also want to still look marvelous in your older car as you drive around North Chesterfield. 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:

804 Auto Repair
10910 Southlake Ct Suite E
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
(804) 893-4043
http://www.804automotiverepair.net



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We chose this shop - not knowing anything about them - to have a used vehicle we were thinking of purchasing, checked over. We asked if we could have it done quickly, and they got it right into the shop when it was brought to them by the dealer, which we really appreciated. The best thing, though, was later that day we needed to have pedal extenders installed for our 4’8” granddaughter to be able to drive comfortably and, more importantly, safely. The dealership couldn’t do it, another shop specializing in disabilities couldn’t do it for 3 weeks, but 804 said they could do it! While waiting for the job to be completed I had a chance to chat with Eric, the man at the front desk in the office, who told me their story. It was clear these men had excellent mechanical backgrounds, good ethics, and really cared about their customers. They will be getting our business for all of our family vehicles from now on. I’m so glad we found them! The pedal extenders were installed perfectly, and quickly, and the charge was much less than we expected. We are super pleased!
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