How long do automotive engines last?

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They say that as soon as you drive your car off the dealership lot, it is already old, outdated and already losing significant value.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-engine-tips-longevity-aamcocar’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.


  1. Plymouth VIP Car Wash & Auto Service

    January 29, 2013

    Regular maintenance behind a vehicle, is crucial to making it last. For those of you with older cars, you especially need to make regularly scheduled maintenance plans. Don’t be lazy or you’ll be sorry.

  2. Eurosport of Wayzata

    January 29, 2013

    Absolutely agree, regular tune-ups are essential to prolonging the car’s life. Make sure to see a professional.

  3. Plymouth Station Auto Center

    January 29, 2013

    Great article. Would like to see what exactly is making these cars last longer. It seems like most technology is throw away at this point. Thanks for reminding us to take care of our vehicles.

  4. ARCpoint Labs of Rock Hill

    February 5, 2013

    Good comparison of the engine’s fluid with our own blood. That really helps the durability make more sense.

  5. Total Renovation Group

    February 8, 2013

    Reading over a lot of blogs in the automotive field, keeps us excited for learning something new regarding cars and trucks.

  6. D & R Autoworks

    February 11, 2013

    These are great tips. It takes regular maintenance to keep your vehicle happy, healthy, and lasting. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

  7. Rent KC Now

    February 11, 2013

    Great article! It’s easy to forget to change the air filter.

  8. ARCpoint Labs of Salem

    February 11, 2013

    Very Informative. I always forget to check my oil. I’ll think twice now that I know the importance of regular maintenance.

  9. BC Roofing & Remodeling

    February 11, 2013

    Keeping your car up to date with its maintenance checkups will save you a lot of money in the long run.

  10. Ugly's Pub

    February 11, 2013

    These are really great tips that anybody at Ugly’s Pub will find useful!

  11. Grover Law Firm

    February 11, 2013

    Great tips on getting the most out of your engine. Hope to see more posts like this.

  12. ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC

    February 11, 2013

    Very good point in that even if you take care of your car, how it is manufactured has a lot to do with the longevity of your car.

  13. The TIL Show

    February 12, 2013

    It’s funny how often people ignore the check engine light. It seems small but can cause big problems.

  14. OZ Preventive Medicine

    February 12, 2013

    I always forget to change the oil in my car. I need to focus on remembering that so my car will last longer.

  15. Rizzen LLC

    February 20, 2013

    Great tip regular scheduled maintenance helps my car last longer.

  16. Prestige One Landscaping

    February 28, 2013

    I want my car to last for as long as possible. These tips to keep your engine running longer is very good advice.

  17. D & R Autoworks

    March 4, 2013

    The regular maintenance thing cannot be stressed enough. That alone will significantly increase the lifespan of your vehicle.

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