Understanding Used Car Service

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Proper maintenance and service is an important part of owning of any car, but it is a particularly important component of used car ownership. With more and more Americans keeping their cars past 100,000, 150,000, and even 200,000 miles, the number of used cars on the roads is increasing every day. The average age of a passenger vehicle in the United States has increased from nine years in 2000 to over 12 years in 2015. In order to deliver optimum performance, your used vehicle requires tender loving care. We’ve got some key information to help you understand important aspects of used car service.

Engine Oil – The oil is the lifeblood of your used car. It is critical to check oil levels regularly and top off when levels are low. Typical recommended service intervals are between 5,000 to 15,000 miles.

Engine Coolant – As the system which carries coolant fluid to the engine, your car’s cooling system sustains high levels of wear and tear. The cooling system should be checked regularly and the fluid replaced as needed. It is usually recommended that coolant be changed every few years or 30,000-40,000 miles.

Air Filter – The air filter is a vital piece of equipment which protects your vehicle’s engine from dirt and other harmful debris. Constructed from materials such as cotton, paper, or gauze, the air filter picks up and purifies the air surrounding the engine. Your air filter should be replaced before it reaches the point where it becomes a significant impediment to airflow.

Spark Plugs – Your used car needs its spark plugs checked more often than a new car does. Replacement or adjustment of the spark plugs is recommended at the 50,000 or 60,000 mile mark.

Battery – Your used car’s battery powers the entire vehicle. The life of your battery, depending upon proper care, can as many as five years or more. The interval for changing your battery depends on many different factors, including type of vehicle, vehicle usage, and driving climate.

Brakes – A good way to keep your braking system youthful and in good working order is to have the brakes bled. Amber or clear brake fluid means your car’s braking system is well-maintained. Dark black fluid filled with bits of rubber or rust is a bad sign, an indicator that a brake overhaul is needed. To maintain a healthy braking system, the brake fluid should be completely replaced every two years. The life of your used car’s brake pads and rotors is heavily dependent on driving style.

Tires – Keep a close and watchful eye on your vehicle’s tires. Do they feel worn or uneven? Consider purchasing an inexpensive tire gauge to monitor tire pressure regularly. Properly inflated tires can dramatically improve your fuel efficiency and help to reduce tire wear and tear. The life of your used car’s tires is dependent on driving style. Some tires can last up to 70,000 miles. Stressful braking can cause tires to only last around 15,000 miles.

At Yonkers Automall, we want you to understand your used car’s service and maintenance needs. For more information or answers to your service questions, give us a call or visit Yonkers Automall’s showroom in Yonkers, NY! If you are looking for new Bronx preowned cars then start by filling out a car finance application online.

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