2 Ways to keep your car Healthy on a limited budget!

January 12, 2016

How Can You Keep Your Car Healthy on a Budget?


Preventative and Predictive Maintenance


These two terms are often interchanged incorrectly. So an understanding of these two very different maintenance types can better help plan your maintenance strategy.


Preventive maintenance

It is assumed that a machine component will degrade within a time period that is common for its type. Under a preventive management approach, the relevant parts will be removed, replaced or rebuilt on or before the expected failure point. For example, your engine oil in your car is proactively replaced at 10,000 miles and often one will change this oil prior to this breakdown point.


The main issue with a preventive maintenance approach is that the way a machine is used, how often it is used, as well as a number of other variables, directly impact the operating life of the machine and its components. In many cases, parts are replaced when there is no need. Therefore, this approach can sometimes result in unnecessary maintenance. Unnecessary maintenance can become even more costly if the technician causes collateral damage during the replacement.


At City Classic Cars, we suggest budgeting a quarterly amount for preventative maintenance to help you avoid unnecessary expenses. Your discretionary budget and the value of your car will dictate this budgetary amount. Reasonably $100- $300 every quarter is a reasonable amount for a vehicle older than 5 years of age. The best car is the car with freshened parts on a consistent basis. Finding a qualified honest mechanic is the key to an effective preventative maintenance program. City Classic Cars offers a free 31 point inspection.


Predictive maintenance



We strongly recommend this program for all high dollar classic and vintage automobile owners. Predictive maintenance is determined by the condition of equipment rather average or expected life statistics. Essentially, this methodology tries to predict the failure before it actually happens by directly monitoring the machine during normal operating condition. In the car example above, rather than replacing the oil every 10,000 miles, using predictive maintenance methodology, oil samples are taken at regular intervals and the oil is replaced when it degrades beyond a certain point. This is called condition-based maintenance. In many cases, when predictive analysis spots an issue, the repair can be scheduled at a time that minimizes the impact on production.


A range of cost-effective tools can be used within a predictive maintenance program to analyze system performance and produce accurate factual data about pivotal systems, so that maintenance activities can be undertaken the moment they are needed. Improvements in quality, profitability and productivity can result when predictive maintenance is used on capital-intensive classic and vintage automotive assets.


City Classic Cars recommends this program for all high dollar vehicles absent a 


warranty program. If one has a vehicle newer than 10 years of age, then it is recommended to follow the routine maintenance schedules of the dealer to help with the process. For Classic and Vintage Car Owners it is best and wisest to budget $200-$300 for a semi annually “physical check-up” on an area of your vehicles powertrain.


If you have any questions, give us a call at 281-893-0660 or visit us at 1302 FM 1960 Road West Houston Texas 77090. We love to talk classic cars.

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