That is great news. I am so glad to hear that it worked out without having to spend any more money or time.
I forget how many miles are on the car, but just a few thoughts that I have found that will certainly get almost any car to get that many miles on it.
If your car has more than 50,000 miles on it, synthetic oils can cause more harm than good. The reason for this is that synthetics can cause leaks because it lubricates too well that it will slip past rings and leak around seals.
The most important things are changing motor oil, tranny oil, flushing the brake fluid, flushing the anti-freeze, flushing the power steering fluid and running fuel injector cleaner.
You do not need to get expensive motor oil, just the correct weight and a brand that is well known such as Valvoline or Penzoil for example. It is also important to use either an OEM Oil. Filter or a good brand that has an anti-drain back valve. This is important because not having an anti-drain back valve will cause top end damage during start up. I bought a Fram filter once that did not have this valve and my car sounded like it was going to blow up when I started it. OEM or Purolator filters are good, just make sure the filter has the valve.
Tranny fluid is the same with about a 30,000 mile interval, but it depends on manufacturer guidelines and driving conditions which are refered to in the guidelines as well.
Brake fluid is about the same interval and is important because it will get water in it and cause corrosion and damage lines that cost a great deal of money to replace.
Anti-freeze loses it cooling and ability to keep the water that is mixed in, always use a 50/50 mixture from condensing and freezing. It needs to be completely flushed, replaced and the system bled so it is free from air that will cause cooling problems. It is also a lubricant that keeps parts form corroding and losses its lubrication qualities as well. Also, thermostats and radiator caps can cause issues.
Power steering fluid is very rarely needed, but certainly follow manufacturer guidelines because you intend to keep it so long. Be careful when changing ti as it needs some fluid in it to keep it from damaging internal parts. So when you flush it, don't drain it till it is completely dry.
Lastly, fuel injector cleaner is important and is something to do right before an oil change as it will make the oil dirty. I use BG44K and it is the best at keeping the motor clean and fuel injectors running right. Also, keep up another items that the manufacturer suggest.
This all sounds like a lot to keep up on. But it is true that $100 in maintenance saves $1000 in repair.
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I am glad it all worked out and it always will as long as you believe in blessings, good things are sure to come.
Friday, October 15th, 2010 AT 5:26 PM