It is quite easy to be overly attached to an old vehicle, especially when you remember its hay days with its peak performance and faultless operation. However, when those days are long gone, you need to start thinking of when to swap your old vehicle for a new and better car. The following are some of the common problems with old cars in Raleigh that should be a strong indication of when you need to sell your car.
Anything made of rubber
The coolant hose, vacuum hose, field hose, brake hoses, seals and weather stripping among others are all made of synthetic rubber and elastomers. Rubber hardens, shrinks and cracks with age and in most cases, this occurs about after 10-12 years of service. Most of the original equipment starts to crack and leak at this point. Many rubber parts even on well cared for vehicles kept in the garage will still deteriorate and fail with time.
The fuel pump often gives to warning of imminent failure. After 60,000 miles of driving, you should expect anything to happen. One minute you are cruising along with no problem and the next, you are on the roadside with a dead fuel pump. The fuel pump can be quite expensive to repair and replace costing of about $450-$700.
The chance of failure increases as the mileage adds up. Gasket failure can lead to the loss of coolant, which causes the engine to overheat, and this spells more trouble for your car. Replacing a damaged gasket is a huge task because in most cars, you have to tear apart the top of the engine. Mechanics will charge you as much as $800 for this kind of repair. The rubber gaskets will fail after about 12 years due to hardening and shrinkage no matter what you do. Worst of all is the head gasket failure that may start leaking coolant or compression.
You need to replace the rubber timing belt every couple of miles depending on the age of your engine. If you have not been changing your timing belt, which is a common mistake that many people make, it may break suddenly. This can lead to a flurry of other problems such as the bending of intake valves. Timing belt costs as little as $50 but the damage its failure costs can be worth a couple of thousands of dollars depending on the value of your car.
Get rid of your Raleigh junk car. Contact FreeCash4Cars today and get paid instantly on the spot when we arrive!