Many of our patrons have asked us what they can do to prolong the life of their automobiles.

To help keep your car running at the peak performance our specialists have assembled a catalogue of the top 10 maintenance and repair items that will extend the life of your car.

Change the Oil

Changing your oil at the factory endorsed interval keeps the engine free of sludge and combustion elements that may harm your vehicle.

Perform Tire Maintenance Regular tire rotation and correct inflation will not only lengthen the life of the tires, but also increase fuel mileage.

Change the Air Filter for the Engine and the Cabin If your air filter gets too dirty, your engine won't be able to pull enough air into the combustion chambers. The engine will then run rich (i.e. Too much gas and not enough air). When that occurs gas mileage suffers.

Replace the Spark Plugs Replacing the spark plugs in your engine can prevent misfires and poor performance as well as seriously reduce emissions and improve gas mileage.

Flush the Cooling System Flushing the cooling system lengthens the life of the radiator, engine and heater by washing away corrosive elements like dust and rust particles that can clog up the cooling system and cause Problems in winter and summer. This should be done each 2 years.

Maintain the Brakes If you neglect your brake pads and shoes, you may cause damage to other, dearer brake parts such as rotors, drums and calipers.

Perform a Fuel Injection Service Performing a fuel injection service not only lengthens the life expectancy of the injectors, but can increase fuel mileage with benefits that completely outweigh the cost of the service.

Change the Transmission Fluid Changing your transmission liquid at regular intervals can extend the life of the transmission by 50%. If you perform this service on a constant basis likelihood is that you may never experience a major transmission failure.

Replace the Timing Belt Replacing the timing belt, before it breaks can save you hundreds of bucks. Most makers suggest replacement between 60,000 and 105,000 miles depending on model and make. If the belt fails, the engine will instantly shut down leaving you stranded.

Perform a Seasonal Complete Auto Inspection Having your auto inspected seasonally can lengthen the life of many major parts of your vehicle by diagnosing fix issues before they become major issues, and don't say that getting your oil replaced at a “quick lube” includes a thorough inspection. Have a qualfied shop perform the inspection to insure that nothing is missed.

Tyger Lucas has been in the automobile business for over 30 years and his independently owned shop Lucas Car Care is t he logical alternative to your dealer for all auto repair Houston.