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How long should an automotive engine last?

Technology is evolving and cars are becoming more efficient

AAMCO Overland Park, KS  | 01/28/2014  | Auto Repair & Maintenance

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How long should an automotive engine last?

How long should an automotive engine last?

As soon as you drive your car off the dealership lot, it’s said that the car is already outdated and already losing value. Car technology is evolving now and cars are becoming more efficient. Today’s cars are being built with efficiency at top of mind and last longer than the cars of years past. A survey done in March 2009 found that the median age of the average car in America was 9.4 years and trucks were averaged at 7.6 years which were both record highs for American vehicle manufacturers.

Your car’s most important part is its engine. Your engine’s life essentially determines how long your car’s life will be. There are a lot of factors that can impact and contribute to your engine’s longevity, as well as certain maintenance items that will certainly keep things running better longer.

Fresh Fluids

Fluids are the lifeblood of your engine. Much the way blood runs through our veins, fluids run through the parts of your engine. Regular maintenance, like oil changes and other fluid replacements are critical components for healthy engine performance. Fresh fluids work better at keeping your engine clean and functioning properly. 

Air Filter Replacement

Breathing fresh air is as important for us as it is to your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to have the air filter in your car, truck, SUV or van changed regularly. 

Cooling System Check

The proper operation of your vehicle’s cooling system is essential in helping to keep your automobile from overheating.  When your vehicle overheats, it can be a factor in causing your engine’s vital components to wear down prematurely.

Manufacturing/ Quality 

Vehicles come in many different price ranges and engine quality can vary. Some engine parts are simply better than others and that can contribute to an engine lasting longer.

Driving Habits

Your driving habits are another factor that can affect your engine’s longevity.  For example, how often you drive the vehicle, the climate conditions in your location and whether you are towing anything with your vehicle can all contribute to engine wear. 

Pay attention: If the lights in your car go off for maintenance (oil needs to be changed, engine is too hot, check engine light is on), get your car to a mechanic as quick as possible.

If you believe you are having an engine problem, call us for a convenient appointment at AAMCO at Overland Park today.

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