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If you have an older car, you know that it requires a little more tender loving care than a brand new one. Here are some typical maintenance questions you should ask yourself to make sure you keep your old car looking and acting young.
Have you checked the oil? Old cars tend to burn oil, meaning you may need to check the oil every month, every week, or even every time you start it. It is very important that the oil in your car never gets low, as a lack of oil can cause your engine to seize, completely destroying it. You should always keep an extra quart of oil in your car in case you realize that you are low on oil when on the road. This will prevent you from becoming stranded. If your car is making a ticking sound when it runs, this may be a sign that you are low on oil. If your car ever starts flashing the oil sign, this means that you are extremely low on oil, and you should not drive it until you add more.
Have you looked at the catalytic converter? Older cars generally do not get as clean emissions as newer cars. This can be caused by older technology, or simply by the wear and tear on a car. The biggest concern with this problem is passing an emissions test, if your state has such a qualification. In some cases, the only thing to do would be to replace the converter, although this can be expensive. Otherwise, you may be able to boost your emissions through putting higher quality gasoline in your car, and other regular engine maintenance.
Have you checked the steering? The power steering can be more difficult on an old car as well, and you may not have as easy a time maneuvering an old car. Always make sure you have the power steering checked, and change the way you drive to have the highest control over your vehicle. This may mean you need to accelerate slower and turn slower, as well as other things.