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Seven figures … Can a car really last 1M miles?

One million miles, have you driven 1 million miles in your lifetime? Was it in the same vehicle? Seven figures, a term usually associated with money. Example; “That guy sold his 100-year-old family company last year for seven figures and retired to easy street.” When you ask yourself, “A million mile car? Come on really?”

Scott Rider and his crew

Most regular folks like me just buy a new car or truck when they get an itch, see a cool new ride or perhaps have a bunch of miles on the family truckster that needs work or they have to drop some big money to keep it running. Have you really ever thought about how far that actually is, a million miles? Google told me 252,088 miles one way from the farthest point to the Moon and back from good old Earth. Now, if we happen to have some car nut astronomers out there feel free to correct me in the comment/question blog below or write in. I am not an astronomer, but I/we have serviced a few cars, it’s a little like rocket science now though and that is what this column will be about a couple of times a month, interactive communication about cars and more cars and auto maintenance, with some odd observations and sometime stupid events and updates as well.

There may be some humor, and possibly kid’s stories, grandma hot rodders, dogs, cats and other strange animal stories too. (Gotta keep the content lively) Think about this, it takes more than 500,000 miles in a round trip to the Moon. I’m one of those kids from the 1960’s when your car had a carburetor and not a computer who saw Alan Shepard make that first “Giant leap for mankind.” Seeing him stepping on the moon as a kid I will never forget and as I recall Mr. Shepard himself ended up going there more than once to work on his golf game. In fact what did NASA do, they sent a car along with those flyboys a few times just to make it more fun off-roading the Moon, picking up rocks. That was cool and still is. NASA got a lot of miles out of those old Apollo rockets, and they just retired the Space shuttle. Why you ask? Maintenance and plain wear and tear, that’s why. Is your car a HIGH MILEAGE ROAD WARRIOR or Family Shuttle?

We have seen and serviced a lot of vehicles of all kinds in our 25 years in Ennis, many friends and customers with very high mileage and some cars that “Miss Daisy only takes to church on Sunday.” So for the kickoff of the “Express Care Insider” I will do my best to inform you on current events and maintenance tips to make your car or truck a seven figure reality and keep you up to speed on events and do my best to help you get from point A to B safely. It aint rocket science.

But, here’s the challenge for you. If you have a high mileage ROAD WARRIOR around these parts, let me know about it for Volume 2, you could be a big winner in 2012. We don’t have a Million Miler here yet, but we are gaining on it, FAST… We have several getting close…. but more on that later, it will be fun. Friend us on Facebook and see one of those cars…till you get “The rest of the story”.

Cowboy Woody  –  email VEC75119@gmail.com  972.875.1777 www.Take10Oil.com

a.k.a. Scott Rider President Take 10 Oil, Inc. Valvoline Express Care Ennis


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3 Comments for “Seven figures … Can a car really last 1M miles?”

  1. OK folks this months vehicle recall information is below.

    If you do happen to have a Lotus bring it by for a picture for our Facebook page, note the following vehicles that have been recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or by their manufacturers.

    If any customers drive these affected vehicles, we recommend that they return the vehicle to a dealership, where the vehicle will be repaired under warranty. Note that these recalls apply only to items that could affect vehicle occupant safety. Items listed under separate manufacturer technical service bulletins are not always covered by warranty.

    2008-2011 BMW 5-Series, 7-Series, X5, X6
    More than 32,000 BMW vehicles could have a water pump problem. On certain vehicles equipped with V8 or V12 engines, the electric auxiliary water pump can overheat due to a circuit board problem. This could lead to a smoldering of the pump or an engine compartment or vehicle fire.

    BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the auxiliary water pump free of charge.

    2006-2012 Volvo C70; 2011-2012 S60
    Nearly 20,000 Volvo vehicles have incorrect tire information. Certain C70 vehicles manufactured from November 15, 2005, through July 31, 2011, and S60 vehicles manufactured from July 14, 2010, through April 16, 2011, were equipped with optional accessory spare tire kits. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire selection and rims.” These vehicles do not contain the correct information for vehicles equipped with the optional accessory spare tire and wheel kit.

    A misprinted label could lead to improper tire inflation, which could result in a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Volvo will notify owners and dealers will inspect the vehicle and install the label as necessary, free of charge.

    2005-2006 Lotus Elise, Exige
    More than 5,000 Lotus vehicles could have an oil cooler problem. On certain vehicles manufactured from June 1, 2004, through November 30, 2006, the oil cooler line may become detached from its fitting. A detached oil line could spray oil on a tire, increasing the risk of a crash, or it could spray oil throughout the engine compartment increasing the risk of a fire.

    Lotus will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles as necessary free of charge.

    2012 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain
    Nearly 34,000 GM crossover vehicles could have a TPMS problem. Certain vehicles manufactured from July 18, 2011, through September 6, 2011, fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS number 138, “Tire pressure monitoring system” (TPMS). The tire pressure monitoring system is designed to illuminate the tire pressure warning light when the pressure in a tire is 25 percent below the recommended cold tire pressure. On these vehicles, the light will not illuminate until the tire pressure is more than 25 percent below the recommended cold tire pressure.

    Underinflated tires can result in tire overloading and overheating, which could lead to a blowout and possible crash. The resulting crash could cause serious injury. Underinflated tires can also result in premature or irregular wear, poor handling and poor fuel economy.

    GM dealers will update the body control module free of charge

    Valvoline Express Care – Ennis
    Convenient, Competitive, Complete
    Scott Rider President
    Drive Thru service or We pick up & deliver…www.Take10Oil.com for your appointment

    Information courtesy of the NOLN & VehicleMD.com

  2. 2011 Mercedes-Benz E, GL, ML, R; 2012 S-Class
    Nearly 7,000 Mercedes vehicles equipped with diesel engines could have a fuel filter problem. On certain vehicles manufactured from July 2010 through March 2011, the diesel fuel filter may leak from the area around the heating component. Diesel fuel may be deposited onto the highway and create the potential for a crash.

    MBUSA will contact owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the diesel fuel filter if necessary, free of charge.

    2011-2012 Chevrolet Corvette
    More than 5,700 Corvettes could have a hatchback problem. Certain vehicles manufactured from January 24, 2011, through September 1, 2011, fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS number 206, “Door locks and door retention components.” The rear hatch hinges may not meet the load requirements specified in the safety standard. The rear hatch could separate in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

    GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both rear hatch hinges free of charge.

    2010-2012 Audi A3; 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf, Jetta; 2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen
    More than 168,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles could have a fuel system problem. On certain vehicles equipped with a 2.0L TDI common-rail diesel engine, the fuel injection pulses could coincide with the natural frequency of injector line number two, in specific load and rpm conditions. This resonance creates additional stress in the fuel line. Due to the resonance condition, injector line number two could develop small cracks, which could lead to fuel leakage. Leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source, may lead to a fire.

    Volkswagen will install an improved fuel injector line for the number two cylinder on certain vehicles and will install vibration dampers on all of the injector lines.

    Drive Safe and change your oil with us…
    Valvoline Express Care – Ennis

  3. OK I said there would be some off the wall stuff….here is the first installment.

    This is one great commercial, cut & paste to your browser.

    Look at it this way if you still do these things yourself, we could save your life and some time too…..



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