Here’s my real question: What do I need to do to “step up” the maintenance of my vehicle, in light of its issues, in order to keep it running as long as possible?
The vehicle: I drive a 1999 Ford Expedition (4.6L). (big family)
The problem: Years ago (5 maybe?) I was told that it had a cracked head gasket. Since it was very expensive to fix, we decided to drive it as is and get a new car sooner rather than later. But life, a crash and the economy happens. I am still driving the beast, affectionately referred to as “The Millenium Falcon.”
“You know, that ship’s saved my life quite a few times. She’s the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.”
Last time I got an oil change it was down a quart. They wanted to use a dye kit to find the oil leak. I told them it was a cracked head gasket, which they didn’t believe (tech said he’d just as soon put in a new engine, with all the cost involved in a head). But after 10 days the dye kit did confirm what I had been told years ago.
So what should we be doing? I should top it off between oil changes, right? And take it on longer drives once in a while since I live in town? Anything else?