As your vehicle nears the 100,000-mile mark, you may worry about keeping it running. Perhaps you’re looking at buying an older used vehicle with higher mileage. Maintenance is important for all vehicles, especially those that have been driven a lot.
If you look at your owner’s manual, you may notice that it stops providing recommendations at 100,000 miles. Anything over that and you’re on your own. However, it’s necessary to know how to maintain your vehicle and keep it providing dependable service if you plan to own a higher mileage vehicle.
Some of the parts that you will pay special attention to after the 100,000-mile mark include the following:
The technicians at Premier Clearance Center Westbank will check your vehicle’s systems and provide advice on caring for an older or high mileage vehicle. Make sure you continue to have regular oil changes as these are critical for your engine’s performance. The technician will check the seals on the drivetrain and replace any that are leaking. They may also need to replace the mass airflow sensor once the vehicle is well over the 100,000-mile point.
As the mileage continues to climb on your vehicle, the power steering fluid may need replacing. The timing chain tensioners become brittle with age and may break. Engine and transmission mounts may get loose, which increases the vibrations on the engine and transmission. Headlight assemblies may require replacement or adjustment at this point.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a vehicle continue providing reliable service to the 250,000-mile mark, you may need to provide more care, such as fuel injector cleaning or catalytic converter replacement. The A/C system may need serviced and parts replaced.
Continue to maintain your vehicle even as the odometer moves up with regular oil changes. Keep checking the oil level regularly along with coolant levels in case of leaks. Monitor tire pressure and don’t forget to check the coolant strength to ensure it protects your vehicle in colder temperatures. Waxing your vehicle isn’t just about looks. It also protects from rust.
Have the brakes and hoses inspected on a regular basis and replace spark plugs. Inspect spark plug wires to ensure they provide sufficient spark to the engine. Vehicles with a distributor cap and rotor may need to have them replaced on a regular basis.
While you may feel you don’t need to keep up with the maintenance schedule because the vehicle is running fine, failure to do so can cause the parts to become worn and damaged. Don’t skip out on recommended maintenance because prevention is much less expensive than repair.
Trust the service technicians at Premier Clearance Center Westbank to help you maintain your high mileage car. They will recommend services as needed and provide inspections on systems that may require attention. Contact the team today or schedule an appointment for service.