You start to worry about your vehicle as you approach that 100,000-mile mark. Or maybe you can’t afford a vehicle with low mileage, and you’re looking at a model around or over 100,000 miles. You want to know how to keep it as dependable as it is today. Regular maintenance is critical to caring for a used model with high mileage.
Many factory recommendations stop at 100,000 miles, but owners of high-mileage cars want to know how to continue to care for their vehicles. Warranties are often expired at this time, which means maintenance is even more important to check for potential problems before they leave you stranded.
Some of the parts that need services after 100,000 miles include the following:
Regular oil changes are critical to a vehicle’s longevity, but they become even more important as the vehicle gets older. The technician should check the drivetrain seals and replace them if they are leaking or get worn. The mass airflow sensor may also need to be replaced.
Power steering fluid needs replaced as the vehicle gets closer to 180,000 miles. Timing chain tensioners get brittle and are more likely to break, which can lead to engine failure. Mounts for the engine and transmission may loosen over time, which can cause harm to the engine and transmission. Headlights need inspected, adjusted and even replaced.
Once your vehicle hits that 250,000-mile mark, it is probably going to need the catalytic converter replaced or the fuel injector cleaned. The A/C needs to be inspected and serviced with worn parts replaced if you want the air conditioning to continue working.
Don’t skip on oil changes even as your car gets older. Check the oil level and coolant level regularly as well as tire pressure. Another service you may want to consider is regular waxing to keep the paint looking good and to prevent rust.
Check fluid levels and coolant strength to ensure it works in cold weather. Inspect the brakes and hoses regularly. You may need to buff the headlight assembly to ensure the lights provide good visibility. Have spark plugs replaced and wires inspected. If the vehicle comes with a distributor cap and rotor, they will need to be replaced. Replace air and fuel filters is applicable.
The technician will need to check the U-joints and replace the rear axle lubricant. Have them check the alignment for longer wear on your tires.
While this sounds like a lot of maintenance, the service technicians at Premier Clearance Center Metairie will help you care for your high-mileage vehicle. They can recommend services and inspect your vehicle to keep it running trouble-free. Contact the team today or schedule an appointment to have your vehicle serviced with a team who cares.