Saving Cents: How to keep your car or truck running longer

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by By Sherry Williams / 11 News

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 3:12 PM

HOUSTON-The way to keep your car or truck on the road well past the 100,000-mile mark is to follow the owner's manual maintenance schedule religiously, according to ACE Master Certified car technician Mikey Yu.

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He said get the oil changed every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. Also flush and replenish the fluids, according to the maintenance schedule.

"If you don't do it, there are contaminations that build up into all cars, whether it be corrosion in through the radiator, corrosion in through the engine oil, sludge will build up in the engine oil, and that's the number one killer of most cars," said Yu, who owns Midtown Auto Service.

Yu also said to make sure you have the right air pressure in your tires and to rotate them. It all adds life to your car or truck, he said. If you follow the manufacturer's instructions, even cars that don't have a good reputation for longevity will easily run for 100,000 miles or more, Yu said.

But when it comes to foreign cars, like Hondas and Toyotas, Yu said he sees them routinely get more than 200,000 miles. He also said the Chevy Silverado 1500 and Suburban get that many miles without breaking a sweat. Yu said he's even seen contests to find models that have reached the million-mile mark.

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