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5 Tips to Keep Your Car Running Longer

Retired teacher Irv Gordon holds the world records for having kept his car running the longest. He drove his 1966 Volvo P1800 more than three million miles. So, what was Irv’s secret? Was it simply luck? No, it turns out that Merv was quite particular about keeping up with regular maintenance. Pro mechanics from Lanning Automotive provide some tips to help you keep your car running longer. Although you might not get as many miles as Irv did, doing these five things will help your vehicle run longer.

#1 Know your vehicle's suggested maintenance schedule

Irv Gordon told the Indy Star that one of the first things that he looked at after buying his new Volvo was the owner’s manual. He followed the maintenance schedule to a “T”. Paying attention to the suggestions in your owner's manual is probably one of the most important things you can do to maintain your car. The manufacturer is the best source for maintenance advice. They built the car, so they know best how to maintain it.

#2 Practice Good Driving Habits

Drive your car gently. Good driving habits will save on both wear and tear and gas. Taking off fast and stopping quickly is bad for both the engine and the brakes.

#3 Check Fluids Regularly

Your fluids are integral to keeping your car running. Transmission, brake, differential, antifreeze and power steering fluids are all necessary. Only topping off these fluids at oil changes is not enough. These fluids denigrate over time. So, they should be thoroughly flushed and changed on a regular basis. Check your owner’s manual to determine how often.

#4 Pay Attention to Your Tires

Tires are often overlooked, but they are important for safety. Tires that are overinflated can result in a dangerous blowout. Tires that are worn out can cause your car to spin out on rain and ice. Therefore, check the tire pressure and tread depth every time you have your oil changed.

#5 Have Your Brakes Inspected Regularly

Regular brake inspections can help you find minor problems with your brakes that can turn into big problems if you let them go. A mechanic can let you know if your brakes are working properly and how much time you have left on them.

Lanning Automotive is your one stop shop for all car maintenance. They will be able to help you with engine repair, diagnostics, electrical repair, air conditioning & heating repair, brakes, steering and much more!

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