How to Make Your Truck or SUV Last Longer

How to Make Your Truck or SUV Last Longer

Keeping Your Vehicle for the Long Haul

With the average price of a new car topping $47,000, more drivers than ever are looking to keep their vehicles on the road longer. Here are some tips that can help extend the life of your vehicle.

Keep Up on Routine Maintenance

Performing regular maintenance is the best way to extend the life of your truck or SUV and avoid costly repairs. From changing the oil to replacing brake pads, there are many parts on your vehicle that need to be changed on a regular basis.

  • Oil and oil filter
  • Brake pads
  • Tires
  • Spark plugs
  • Battery
  • Lights
  • Wipers
    • Engine air filter
    • Cabin air filter
    • Fluids:
      Transmission fluid, Brake fluid, Coolant, Power steering fluid, Windshield wiper fluid

Your owner’s manual is a great starting point for getting a handle on the routine maintenance necessary for your vehicle. Featuring the recommended service schedule for your car, truck or SUV, your manual will tell you what procedures you should have done at what mileage intervals.

Find a Technician You Trust

Having a technician that you can trust is an invaluable resource in keeping your vehicle on the road. Don’t wait until you have a breakdown; do your homework and find a technician that you can call on for repairs and routine maintenance. Ask friends and family for recommendations and research reviews online for potential candidates. Once you have narrowed down your list, consider taking your vehicle to the technician for some routine maintenance like an oil change to get a feel for how the shop operates.

Don’t Ignore Problems

While it is easy to ignore unusual sounds and symptoms or hope that the illuminated warning light on your dashboard will go away on its own, resist the temptation to pretend that nothing is wrong. Hear an unusual noise or something just seems off? Don’t hesitate in having your technician check out your vehicle. Taking care of problems as soon as they appear will help prolong your car’s life.

Use Quality Parts

When selecting performance parts for your vehicle, don’t settle for economy parts; choose premium parts from trusted brands like Rancho®. Premium parts not only meet original equipment specifications, but in many instances, they exceed them to deliver optimal performance. From quickLIFT® loaded strut assemblies and rockGEAR® protective accessories to upper control arms and shocks, Rancho has the equipment you need to improve the ride of your vehicle.


Keep Your Vehicle Clean

Washing your vehicle on a regular basis has more than just cosmetic benefits -- it also washes away corrosion-causing contaminants. Especially important for drivers in snowy areas that use salt to keep the roads clear of snow and ice, target the undercarriage and wheel wells - prime spots for salt buildup.

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The content in this article is for informational purposes only. You should consult with a certified technician or mechanic if you have questions relating to any of the topics covered herein. Tenneco will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any content.