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This year marks our minivan’s 10th birthday! Mike’s truck is even older. We’ve kicked around the idea of buying two new cars because there are so many out there that we love… but then we go back to the same answer. Why buy a new car when the one’s we have are working just fine?!? Yes, my minivan is 10 years old, but who cares? We’ve done our best to maintain it well and it’s never broken down. My biggest complaint about the van is the breaks and the tires. We drive a LOT and so it seems that our breaks and tires wear down all the time and we need new ones. Big deal, right?
If you have an old car like I do and you’d like to hang on to it – keep it healthy. Here’s some tips to maintaining your old car so you get some good years out of it…
3 Simple Tips to Maintaining an Old Car:
- Get a yearly tune up that includes a look at the whole car. Check the radiator hoses, belts, fuel line, spark plugs, tires and breaks. Breaks and tires are our biggest issue with all the miles we put on our van. It would be much better to have these things checked once a year, rather than getting out on the road and having a hose bust. Been there. Done that.
- Fluids, fluids, fluids. People – fluids are very important! I was a school bus driver for many years and we had to check our fluids daily so I began to realize how important this is. There is no reason not to check the fluids in your car regularly. I’m not saying every day. But once a month wouldn’t be too unreasonable. You do not want your car over heating in the summer due to lack of coolant. Been there, done that too. Another “been there, done that” that I can share with you… check your oil! I blew an engine once because I forgot to add oil. What a waste of a good car.
- Speaking of oil… Get regular oil changes! You might not think this is as important as it is – but believe me, old cars need oil changes badly! Have you SEEN the stuff that comes out after a few months?!? YUK! Imagine your grandma trying to walk through mud. Yeah, that’s how your poor car feels if you don’t change the oil regularly.
Not only is getting your oil changed important, but the type of oil is important too. I recently went to Walmart for an oil change so that I could drop off my car and shop until my car was finished. I checked out the oil section and found Pennzoil products. I didn’t realize that Pennzoil products actually help clean out the sludge that other oils leave behind. (yep, that was the junk I was talking about above!). Pennzoil is also designed for complete protection and will allow you to drive an extra 550 miles per year vs. a dirty engine.
There was three types of Pennzoil to choose from:
- Conventional Motor Oil – A traditional oil base, fortified with Active Cleaning Agents™ to continuously prevent dirt and contaminants from creating performance-robbing deposits.
- High Mileage Vehicle – Helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. It’s a motor oil that is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, to help keep the engines running clean and going strong for a long time.
- Platinum (synthetic motor oil) – Best cleanliness and protection in the Pennzoil line-up. With PurePlus™ Technology, the Platinum® motor oil is proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard. PurePlus™ Technology is a revolutionary process that converts natural gas into a 99.5% pure base oil.
I obviously chose the High Mileage Vehicle Pennzoil for my 10 year old minivan. It’s nice to know there is an oil out there specifically for an older vehicle like mine. It’s a great car and I’d like to hang on to it for a long time.
We didn’t get to Walmart until after 6pm and by the looks of it – I thought they might be closing.
Luckily, they didn’t close until 7pm so we had plenty of time!
It was also nice to drop my car off and walk around Walmart. We didn’t have much shopping to do but we liked walking around looking through the clothes section to see what we could find Gracie.
We killed some time at Walmart. Gracie picked out some clearance items (score!), we picked up a few groceries… and then headed back to the automotive department and our car was done. It was super quick and convenient to get our oil changed while we were already at Walmart. It’s nice to know we don’t have to make a special trip just to get our oil changed.
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