They say that as soon as you drive your car off the dealership lot, it is already old, outdated and already losing significant value. Car technology is evolving now and cars are becoming more efficient. Cars are also lasting longer. A survey done in March 2009 found that the median age of your typical American car was 9.4 years, while the median age for trucks was 7.6 years. These were record highs for American vehicles.
Part of your car longevity is the individual parts inside, with the engine being the most important. So how long does your car’s engine last? There are several different variables which contribute to the longevity of an engine. Here are just a few:
- Maintenance: Getting regular maintenance on your car will increase the longevity of your car’s engine. Oil changes, fluid replacements, etc.
- Think of the fluids of your car as your own blood. Keeping your blood pure will help prevent heart attacks, strokes, etc. Blood clots occur because the blood is not healthy enough for your body. Same goes for your car. If you keep your fluids fresh and free from dirt, you should be fine.
- The air filter in your car is also very important, just like breathing is important to your survival.
- Your cooling system is important as an overheated car can wear down the vital components of an engine.
- How it is manufactured: some manufacturers are just not as good as others. Even good manufacturers can put out a poorly designed engine every once in awhile. Some metals just hold up better than others.
- How much it is abused: there are a lot of factors that go under engine abuse. This can range from how often it is used to the climate you are driving in. Other factors include towing heavy loads, repeated extreme acceleration deceleration, revving the engine past its point of its extreme point, and driving at tops speeds for long periods of time
- Pay attention: If the lights in your car go off for maintenance (oil needs to be changed, engine is too hot, check engine light is on), get your car to a mechanic as quick as possible.
If you believe you are having an engine problem, have our AAMCO center take at your vehicle today. To schedule an appointment at AAMCO in Merriam call us today at (913) 766-2350.