Regular servicing can ensure an old car will stay the course
GOOD advice this week from AA for those who are used to newer cars but who find themselves with motors that are older than they'd like.
The critical thing is to stay with the recommended car-servicing schedule and to check out any changes, such as reduced braking power or poor handling.
The AA said its patrols had noticed a significant increase in breakdowns from those driving older cars over the past three years.
It reckons its breakdown call-outs to four-year-old vehicles has increased by 15pc since the end of 2007.
Its experts say that there are four main trouble areas in older cars -- suspension, bushings, anti-roll bars and drop links.
Worn tyres can often be a problem on cars of this age, too.
The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, but the AA recommends changing a tyre when the tread depth is down to 3mm.
Flat tyres are among the most common faults, followed by faulty or worn-out batteries, as well as alternator, engine and clutch related defects.