Tips to Help Your Chevy Reach 350 000 km
Now it’s easier than ever to keep your car running smoothly for hundreds of thousands of kilometres. If your car has covered less than 80 000 km today, chances are good that it still has 75% of its driving life ahead of it. That’s great news if you’re like most South Africans today who are holding on to their vehicles for longer than ever before.
It wasn’t that long ago that hitting the 200 000-km mark on the odometer was a milestone. Modern vehicles are very reliable, and thanks to quality Chevrolet parts, you can keep your Chevy on the road for much longer than previously possible. With proper attention and maintenance, there’s no reason you shouldn’t expect to see your Chevrolet’s odometer roll right past the 350 000-km mark and keep on going. Here’s how to make it happen.
Find A Competent Mechanic You Trust
Given the choice, DIY enthusiasts would rather buy quality Chevrolet parts and work on their own vehicles. But alas, not all of us are gifted amateur mechanics in our spare time. Having a mechanic you trust is worth its weight in gold, especially in today’s day and age where unscrupulous types like to do in hapless motorists. So, when you find a mechanic that has your best interests at heart, and will give you the right advice you need, without pulling the wool over your eyes, hold on to that mechanic. If you’re working with an experienced mechanic who is accustomed to working on the type of vehicle you drive, it could be the start of a great and mutually beneficial professional relationship.
Avoid Short Trips if Possible
The difference between driving shorter distances and long trips is that the engine never has a chance to reach its optimal operating temperature on shorter trips. Here’s why you should care about this. Water is a by-product of combustion. When your car’s engine becomes nice and hot, and operating at its most efficient temperature, the water turns to vapour, and is ventilated out of the engine. On short trips, the engine never reaches this optimal temperature, resulting in moisture remaining in the engine and collecting in the oil. It also settles in the exhaust system, where it ultimately causes corrosion and rust.
Stick to The Recommended Vehicle Maintenance Schedule
If you are looking at ways to maximise your Chevrolet’s lifespan, ignore this tip at your peril. Nothing shortens a car’s life faster than a lack of proper maintenance. Your good mechanic and your owner’s manual are both instrumental in helping you know when to perform routine vehicle maintenance. It can either be based on mileage or time increments, or both. While you should keep up on all maintenance items, the most important steps are checking:
- oil changes;
- filters, spark plugs, and belts;
- coolant, brake, and power steering fluids;
- brake pads and windshield wipers.
If you are in search of quality Chevrolet spare parts to keep your car running optimally for longer, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us to learn more about our company, and how we can help you keep your Chevy’s wheels rolling for many kilometres to come.