- Lots of households keep a second car or light truck around, even though it doesn’t get driven much. Those low miles of service, though, don’t mean that there aren’t maintenance and auto repair needs ...[more]
By Kara Bishop
VehicleMD Staff Writer
Originally published in Winter 2011 issue
When I was little I loved riding my horse, Bear. One day when I was riding, I spurred him and made him run laps around our arena for a long time, not letting him stop. My dad finally stopped me and asked, “How would you like to run for that long with someone riding you?” I realized that my “ride” needed special consideration.
The same applies to the “rides” we drive today. The engines underneath their hoods work hard all day long as we journey to and from work, run errands or just take joy rides.
Just as I once did with my horse, we tend to take advantage of our cars and their hard-working engines, spurring them on to work harder and endure longer service intervals. But just like a horse can only endure so much running without a break, your engine can on ...[more]