How to Properly Care for One of Our Used Cars

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Given the exceptional engineering quality of today’s used cars, it’ possible that you could drive your 200,000 or 300,000 miles. However, in order to give yourself the best chance of doing so, it’s vital that you adhere to the following tips for how to properly care for a used car.

Change the Oil

Oil Service at LaFontaine Chevrolet of Dexter

Changing the oil is one of the best ways to increase the lifetime of a used car, and it’s also one of the easiest. Oil not only lubricates the engine’s many sensitive components parts, but it also reduces the friction created amongst them. Moreover, fresh oil is essential for flushing the system of sludge and ensuring optimum performance and fuel economy.

Replace the Transmission Fluid

Similar to motor oil for an engine, transmission fluid lubricates the transmission’s moving parts. It also makes for smoother shifting between gears. Over time, this fluid deteriorates, putting increased strain on the transmission.

Signs of transmission problems include a darkening of the fluid or a burning smell from under the hood. If your used car experiences one or both of these symptoms, visit LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter right away.

Install a New Timing Belt

Amongst your used car’s many important Chevy parts, the timing belt sometimes goes overlooked. However, this is a key component that connects the crankshaft to the camshaft in your car’s engine and plays a prominent role in performance.

The rate of replacement for this belt is 50,000 – 110,000 miles, depending on how old your car is and how often you drive. If it breaks before you change it, you could be faced with expensive engine repairs.

Flush the Radiator Coolant

Radiator coolant plays an integral role in keeping a car’s engine block from overheating. This coolant also helps to keep the engine from rusting. Over time, radiator coolant loses its potency, which can lead to rust and corrosion build-up as well as damage to the water pump.

Plan on having the coolant flushed at our Chevy dealership every 50,000 miles, or sooner depending on your car’s age and mileage.

Schedule Professional Used Car Service Today

While you may be tempted to try and handle some of these steps on your own, your best bet is to schedule used car service with us today. Our factory-trained Chevy service team can do any job safely, affordably, and correctly, while helping you save time and money.