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Not many people will be aware of the living legend, Irv Gordon. In 1967, Mr Gordon purchased a now classic 1966 Volvo P1800 and has only driven one car ever since. That’s an astonishing 50 years with the same vehicle, helping Irv become the Guinness World Record holder after his car mileage went over 3,000,000 miles. Respect where respect is due!

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Although you may not be looking to break any records yourself with your current vehicle, there are some tips that you can take from Mr Gordon’s wondrous achievement to keep your vehicle healthy and as long lasting as you need it to be:


Change Your Oil & Filter Regularly

One of the cheapest and more effective ways to keep your engine healthy is by regularly checking and changing your vehicles oil and filters. To know exactly how often, pick up your car owner’s manual and follow the manufacturers recommendation for the frequency of service.

Checking your oil and filters really takes no time at all. Take these simple steps when conducting regular check-ups (around 2 times a month):

  • Make sure the engine has cooled down and this is done long after driving the car. Open the hood and pull out the oil dipstick. Wipe it clean with an old rag, reinsert it and pull it out again for a quick check of your oil — this is the most important ingredient to your car’s longevity.

  • Check the radiator overflow reservoir level and the brake cylinder reservoir.

  • Check the power steering fluid level and, while you're at it, check the hoses and belts for any signs of wear or imminent failure.

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Take It Easy When Driving

All of the annoying little habits that your driving instructor would constantly remind you of adopting during your lessons were not just useful to pass your driving test, they could also save your car in the long run.

The key to a long-lasting car is to drive it calmly. This means no slamming hard on the breaks, not over revving the engine and making sure you always shift gears on time to avoid unnecessary stress on your car’s transmission. Always drive as if you were trying to pass your driving test all over again.

Another key element to driving calmly is how patient you are during the engine start-up. An engine that’s been switched off for more than 5 hours needs some time to warm up. After turning on the ignition, make sure you keep the engine’s rpm down to a minimum and give the car a good 20-30 seconds before taking off.

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Keep a Friendly Mechanic on Speed Dial

I’m not speaking of all mechanics of course, but quite often drivers who have no idea about the inner workings of their car have a fear that a mechanic might rip them off or do a quick fix that doesn’t maintain the car in the long run.

For this reason, it’s always a good idea to have a regular mechanic that you trust to maintain your vehicle. If you regularly visit the same mechanic, then he will take your car’s maintenance more seriously as he knows it will guarantee repeat custom.

Another important thing to look out for is that you (or your mechanic) always use genuine car parts for any replacements you might need. Sought your parts from an official dealer and make sure you avoid 2nd hand or cheaper options. This will only cause your car more problems in the long run.

On top of these key maintenance tips, make sure you buy a reliable car in the first place by doing some solid research on the most durable cars on the market. Keep all these things in mind and who knows, maybe one day you could break Irv Gordon’s record yourself!


Source: Petrolhead Arabia

Posted by Maye Rosales on 18th April 2017