It’s National Odometer Day, Are You Giving Your Car Enough Love to Make it Last?

May 12th, 2016 by

Today (May 12) is National Odometer Day, a day created to encourage people to learn a little about the odometer and to bring attention to your own car’s odometer. Has it been 3,000 miles yet — do you need an oil change? Do you drive the national average in miles every year? How many miles do you drive a day.

How high an odometer gets before certain problems can be an indication of how well their owner has taken care of it over time.

The highest odometer on record is a 1966 Volvo P1800 and it has over 3,000,000 miles on it. From a Popular Mechanics article, the vehicle’s owner, Irv Gordon gave it plenty of TLC — and it paid off. Here is the regular maintenance and rules Gordon followed for his Volvo, which is still going strong.

Every 3,000 – 3,500 miles, there was an oil change
Every 25,000 miles – transmission fluid and ignition points get replaced
Every 100,000 miles the brakes were replaced
Every 900,000 miles the carburetor is re-bushed
Every 1,000,000 miles each mechanical fuel pump is replaced

Today’s cars are much more advanced, especially under the hood. Some of the items listed above do not even exist in our current cars. It is always best to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines to get the most out of your vehicle.

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