Maintenance Tips for Vehicles with High Mileage
Indiana Jones once commented that, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage” is reference to exhaustion and breakdown. Well he was right! Your vehicle will undergo normal wear and tear and will eventually quit on you. But in today’s economy buying a new car isn’t as easy as it once was (if it was, indeed, ever easy). That’s why you need to do everything possible to extend the life of your vehicle.
Once your vehicle crosses that 75,000 mile mark, it’s considered “high mileage.” However, this doesn’t mean it’s time to start scraping together enough money for a down payment on a new one. Many well-maintained vehicles can last well past the 100,000 mile mark, in fact that may only be mid-life for some vehicles.
While there’s no list of hidden secrets to extend the life of your car, a lot of it is common sense. They include:
- Don’t Put off Regular Maintenance:
This is important from the day you buy a new car until the day you replace it. However, it’s even more crucial with a high-mileage vehicle. Part of making it last longer is taking care of it. Be sure you get the oil changed and regular maintenance every 3,000 miles.
- Check Fluids Regularly:
It’s common for high-mileage vehicles to use engine oil more rapidly and the last thing you want is to not have enough, or ineffective, oil. To keep your engine running smoothly, it needs to be “hydrated” with efficient oil (consider switching to a high-mileage oil) and other fluids.
- Pay Close Attention:
As your vehicle ages, it becomes even more important to pay attention to any possible warning signs of a breakdown. These signs can be anything from an unusual clunking sound, a fluid leak, or even rattling. If you’re hearing, seeing, or feeling something out of the ordinary, take it to a trusted ASE-certified mechanic.
- Safety First:
You may not think about it when your car has less wear and tear, but be sure to check everything that pertains to safety. This includes brake inspections, tire pressure, and even airbags. Every part of a car wears down—not just the engine.
- Take it Easy:
Your vehicle isn’t as young as it once was, so don’t try to treat it as such. Everything from rapid acceleration to speeding down your favorite winding back road will strain your vehicle’s engine and body. Remember that your high-mileage vehicle shouldn’t be put to the test anymore.
These tips are all common sense maintenance tips that you need to be sure to follow to extend the life of your high-mileage vehicle.
Just because something is old, doesn’t mean you have to throw it away. Cars can last for tens of thousands of miles past the dreaded 100,000 mile mark. All it takes is a little extra care and attention and you can save yourself the aggravation of having to buy a new vehicle right now.