The secret is that there is no real secret to getting a vehicle to last a long time.
The difference is regular maintenance. Regular fluid checks and a dedication to scheduled lubrication will keep the powertrain going strong. What kind of oil, brake fluid, and grease used is just as important as when it is changed. The best oil in the world will do your engine no good if you never change it.
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Check and change the oil. No single step will help an engine last more than regular oil and filter changes will. Conversely, nothing will destroy an engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or fresh-oil changes.
Flush the cooling system and change coolant once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system.
Change out transmission and differential oils. While not requiring frequent service, these fluids must be changed according to service intervals. Always use transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended type and viscosity.
Keep your tires inflated at the correct pressure. Under inflation causes tire wear and wastes fuel.
Everything with moving parts needs grease to survive. Inspect, clean, and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease according to service intervals.
Driveline components such as u-joints also require regular lubrication. The driveline may have to be removed to access the zerk grease fittings.