I would like to extend the life of my cars engine. What can I do to possibly get 150,000 more miles out of my car. Right now it runs a little hard, the belts squeek horribly when it rains or its cold out side. The temp. gauge sometimes run in the middle or above towards hot . What can I do ?
My car has 191,323 miles on 2001 Mitsubishi Galant
by blackman in Germantown, MD on April 28, 2009
ANSWER by patrick mannion on April 28, 2009
How long have you owned your car and have you maintained your car well, changed the engine oil and filter frequently, kept good records ect... Getting long life out a car depends on the care and maintenance a car has received in the past. If you plan on doing some of the work yourself check out http://www.alldatadiy.com/ You can get a one year subscription to all the service bulletins, component locations, repair procedures and wiring diagrams for your car. A lot of the information is straight out of factory manuals and is specific to your year make and model of car. If you don't do your own work. Find a repair shop you can trust, tell them you plan on keeping your car for another 100,000 miles and get them to inspect the car bumper to bumper with the goal of keeping the car long term. Get them to prioritize what needs to be done right now as urgent care, what work needs to be done soon, and what work will need to be done in the future. After their inspection they may point out things that may not make it worth keeping your car long term. If they tell you your car is in reasonable shape, start by changing all the fluids. Engine oil and filter, transmission oil, antifreeze (and thermostat seeing as you suspect trouble and replace coolant hoses as advised), flush the brake fluid, power steering fluid ect. I have two customers with 460K on the first engine. They have reached this milestone with frequent oil changes and preventative maintenance.