5 Maintenance Tips for Older Vehicles

Maintenance Tips for Older Vehicles at Key Auto Group in Manitoba & Saskatchewan

As vehicles age, they require extra care and attention to keep them running smoothly and reliably. Whether you're driving a trusty daily commuter with a few hundred kilometres under its belt or a vintage classic, implementing regular maintenance routines can help prolong the life of your beloved ride. Read on as our team here at Key Auto Group discusses five things you can do to keep your older vehicle running on the road, as well as the multitude of new and used vehicle options that we offer at our Key dealership locations should you need to replace your current ride.

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1. Regular Fluid Checks and Changes

Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle's engine and components, so it's crucial to check and change them regularly. This includes engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Older vehicles may be more prone to leaks or fluid degradation, so stay on top of fluid maintenance by bringing in your vehicle to our experienced service technicians to prevent costly repairs down the road.

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2. Inspect Belts & Hoses

Over time, belts and hoses can become brittle, cracked, or worn out, increasing the risk of failure. Inspect the serpentine belt, timing belt, and radiator hoses for signs of wear or damage. Replace any components that show signs of aging to prevent unexpected breakdowns and potential engine damage.

3. Maintain Battery Health

Older vehicles may have electrical systems that are more prone to issues like corrosion or weak battery performance. Ensure the battery terminals are clean and free of corrosion, and check the battery's charge regularly, especially during colder months when batteries are under increased strain.

4. Check and Replace Filters

Air filters, fuel filters, and cabin air filters play a crucial role in maintaining engine performance and interior air quality. Over time, these filters can become clogged or dirty, restricting airflow and reducing efficiency. Regularly inspect and replace filters as needed to ensure optimal engine performance and a comfortable cabin environment.

5. Inspect Suspension and Steering Components

As vehicles age, suspension and steering components may experience wear and tear, leading to issues like uneven tire wear, handling problems, or vibrations. Inspect shocks, struts, ball joints, tie rod ends, and bushings for signs of wear, and replace any worn components to maintain ride quality and safety.


By following these five maintenance tips, you can help keep your older vehicle running smoothly, reliably, and safely for years to come. Trust that our knowledgeable service technicians at our Key Auto Group service locations will take utmost care of your vehicle to keep it in peak working condition. Should it be time to say goodbye to your ride, our sales professionals would be more than happy to help you find the next vehicle that suits your lifestyle.