Severe Driving Conditions -
When reading your owners manual you will most likely run across the term “severe driving conditions”.
There are several factors that may contribute to a car operating under severe conditions but one very common occurrence is driving short distances. When a car is does not reach normal operating temperature many problems can occur. Problems with oil purity and water build-up in the exhaust system are 2 examples.
For this reason Valley Specialists recommends that you drive your car at least 30 minutes once a week to make sure you bring the engine and exhaust up to normal operating temperatures.
How to make your car last a long time -
The secret to a long life is proper maintenance. We recommend 3 month/3,000 mile oil change intervals regardless of the manufacturers recommendations.
Scheduled maintenance (30,000, 60,000 mile services, etc.) should be performed on time and continued throughout the life of the vehicle. Given the type of transmission (no filter), we do recommend more frequent automatic transmission fluid changes (15,000miles) to increase the life of the transmission.
We commonly have vehicles with over 250,000 miles in our shop still going strong, there are a few that have exceeded 400,000 miles!