Is your older truck breaking down but you don’t have the money to fix it? This is a common problem and a serious matter. Even though vehicles suffer wear and tear over time, it’s not always possible to buy a new truck. This leaves people like you in a tough position.
You either pay for scores of minor repairs and get ‘nickel and dimed to death’ or start looking for a new job on the bus route. Neither of these options are great.
If you are struggling with an older truck and want tips on keeping in top running condition and saving money, this is the guide for you.
Remember that suggested oil change? The one you need every 7,500 miles or every 6 months (whichever is sooner)? That’s not a gimmick dreamed up by evil mechanics. That’s a guideline that even major car manufacturers advise.
Changing your oil regularly helps you avoid bigger part failures in your engine. If something goes wrong with the engine in your older truck, it’s going to cost money to fix it. A bit of preventative maintenance like regular oil changes can keep your engine in better condition and delay big bills or the need for a new truck.
Automobile engines have numerous moving parts. As these parts move and run against one another, the force of friction creates heat. Oil lubricates the engine and absorbs heat, making it possible for the inner components to interact effectively without overheating.
With time, engine oil breaks down and wears out. When it does, it gets much less successful at lubricating the engine and absorbing heat. As an automobile owner, your main goal is usually to change the oil in the engine of yours before it breaks down and causes major engine troubles.
By the way, did you know how you drive impacts when you should change your oil?
Rotating the tires on your older truck is more important than ever. It helps to keep an even amount of treadwear on all four tires. That means longer times between tire purchases. It also leads to increased gas mileage and a softer, more comfortable ride. Regular tire rotation may also extend the lifespan of your vehicle's suspension components by reducing vibrations. While the tires are off, your mechanic has a chance to notice any other problems, too.
A car has a lot of moving parts, as mentioned earlier. Your suspension requires a number of precise steps to keep working properly. If your alignment is skewed, it will disrupt this necessary precision.
Wheels and tires could become misaligned because of anything from driving habits and road conditions to hitting a huge bump or perhaps getting into some accident. Usually, the front wheels are far more vulnerable to losing proper alignment. Rear wheels also can experience issues with proper alignment and displacement in a lot of today's vehicles.
When alignment is very bad, your old truck is going to pull one way or the other as you drive. Misalignment might also result in vibration that you will feel especially in the steering wheel.Your tires won’t wear evenly which will lead to a need to replace them or rotate them.
The moral of this story is the same as when we were kids. If you have something and it’s important to you, you have to treat it well. Otherwise, it won’t last.
Even if you are dreaming of a new truck, if funds don’t allow the purchase you have to keep your old truck working. That means it’s a bad idea to get frustrated and vow to stop putting any money into your vehicle.
The truth is a bit of preventative maintenance including these tips may keep your current vehicle on the road longer. You’re spending a little at a time to delay the huge purchase of a new truck.
Call your mechanic for maintenance!