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Updated October 17th, 2016

We've all heard stories of people who have managed to squeeze hundreds of thousands of miles out of their vehicles, but how exactly did they do it? This should be of interest to every vehicle owner out there in Winchester and our surrounding cities, because you want to make sure that you're getting the most out of your investment. Fortunately, achieving longevity with your car is not something that is reserved for only a select few lucky drivers out there; just follow the tips outlined below by Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto, and you will extend the life of your vehicle beyond what you might have thought possible.

 

Keep your gas tank at least halfway full at all times

It's good common sense not to drive around with hardly any gas in the tank, but beyond the obvious benefits of not getting stranded on the side of the road, keeping your tank at least halfway full of gas will help in another often-overlooked way: It will prevent rust from settling into your gas tank. This rust can eventually seep into your gas, which in turn can send it into fuel lines and filters, causing a sludgy mess. Not only that, but rust can eat a hole in your gas tank, and that's way too much money going up in fumes!

Keep the oil changed in your car

This is one of the most basic--yet frequently neglected--maintenance items in the world. You have to keep the oil changed in your vehicle according to the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. This will ensure that the various parts of your engine will run smoothly without rubbing against one another, which could eventually cause significant damage. Keep in mind oil changes are usually inexpensive in relation to the the cost oil change of replacing your engine!

Keep your battery charged up

If you don't drive all that often, or if you only drive short distances when you do, it would be a good idea for you to invest in what's known as a "trickle charger" (a.k.a. battery tender). This handy device will plug into any regular wall socket, and it keeps your battery fully charged during times when it's not in frequent use.

Keep your tires in good shape

This includes checking the air pressure (and refilling if necessary) on a regular basis, as well as keeping your tires rotated and balanced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule. If you do this, you will ensure better fuel efficiency (which means less wear on your engine), as well as a safer and more comfortable ride.

So there you have it--some basic tips to keep your car running strong for miles to come. Put the above tips into practice so that you can maximize the lifespan of your vehicle, and save yourself tons of money in repairs over the long haul!

Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto provides automotive safety and auto repair information for the sole purpose of educating the community at large. “We believe an educated customer is a loyal customer.” 8 Locations throughout the Northern Virginia area including locations in Winchester and 7 other cities in Northern Virginia. Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto: http://www.hoganandsonsinc.com  

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