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How long is the life of an automotive engine?

Many factors can impact the life of your vehicle's engine

AAMCOLeesSummit  | 01/28/2014
Auto Repair & Maintenance

How long is the life of an automotive engine? 

New cars are great. Unfortunately, once you drive that new car out of the dealership, it begins depreciating in value and it won’t have the most up-to-date technology for very long.

Today’s cars are being built with efficiency at top of mind and last longer than the cars of years past. A survey done in March 2009 found that the median age of the average car in America was 9.4 years and trucks were averaged at 7.6 years which were both record highs for American vehicle manufacturers.

Your car’s most important part is its engine. It’s life essentially determines your car’s lastingness. There are a lot of factors that can impact and contribute to your engine’s longevity. 

Fresh Fluids
Fluids are the lifeblood of your engine. Much the way blood runs through our veins, fluids run through the parts of your engine. Regular maintenance, like oil changes and other fluid replacements are critical components for healthy engine performance. Fresh fluids work better at keeping your engine clean and functioning properly. 

Air Filter Replacement
Breathing fresh air is as important for us as it is to your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to have the air filter in your car, truck, SUV or van changed regularly. 

Cooling System Check
The proper operation of your vehicle’s cooling system is essential in helping to keep your automobile from overheating.  When your vehicle overheats, it can be a factor in causing your engine’s vital components to wear down prematurely.

Manufacturing/ Quality 
Vehicles come in many different price ranges and engine quality can vary. Some engine parts are simply better than others and that can contribute to an engine lasting longer.

Driving Habits
Your driving habits are another factor that can affect your engine’s longevity.  For example, how often you drive the vehicle, the climate conditions in your location and whether you are towing anything with your vehicle can all contribute to engine wear. 


Also, if you are repeatedly revving your engine excessively hard, accelerating and decelerating to an extreme and driving at exaggerated speeds for long amounts of time, you can be causing abuse to your engine which can further decrease it’s lifespan.

If you are experiencing any issues with your vehicle’s engine or your Check Engine Light comes on or is blinking on and off, stop in or call AAMCO Lee’s Summit today for an easy appointment. Our expert technicians will provide you with a diagnosis, engine repair or any of the engine maintenance services your vehicle may require. 

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