Tirrell Radiator's Ford F-150 was bought in August 2000, and has finally reached 500 thousand miles and then some. We love to lead by example to show how long your car or truck can really go.
The days of vehicles only lasting 100 thousand miles are long gone, with the right care. We checked in on the truck when it hit 480 thousand miles, but here's a refresher on how we got so many miles out of the vehicle:
- Changing the oil every 3 thousand miles - that's 171 oil changes over the last 16 years. changing your oil is an obvious one, but key.
- We use the truck literally every day. Always make sure to run your car regularly; they run into more problems sitting in a driveway than they do with regular use.
- Flushed the cooling system with new coolant every two years - that's 8 flushes so far. Coolant flushes are lesser known than oil changes, but just as important.
We also replaced a number of parts over the years. The truck has seen:
- 16 sets of tires
- 5 brake jobs
- 1 new transmission (after 350 thousand miles)
- 1 new fuel pump
- 1 new alternator
- 1 new starter
- 1 new fuel rail
- 1 new heater
- 1 new muffler and tail pipe
The truck still has these original parts:
- Original engine
- Original radiator
- Original water pump
As we mentioned before, feel free to take a look the next time you stop by, or ask us for any tips on getting this kind of life out of your vehicle.