Maintenance Tips for Cars over 100k Miles
High Mileage Cars Require Different Maintenance
As you age, your needs change. Your car is no different. As it ages, its needs change as well. And it is important that you are aware of what these changes are so you can continue to care for it well and keep it in good working condition.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that your car runs smoothly even when its mileage is already beyond 100K miles. A well maintained car is a safer car, and as the best auto body repair shop in Billings, we want to make sure that you’re safe when you drive!
Continue with your routine maintenance checks.
Just because your car is older, it doesn’t mean you should stop being diligent about bringing it to the shop for routine maintenance. On the contrary, it’s more important than ever to stick to your maintenance schedule. Remember that since your car is older, a lot of its parts are, unsurprisingly, not as good as new; this means you might have to conduct checks more often for your safety and to save on cost too. Because it is always better to catch an issue early on and have it remedied as soon as it’s detected than to realize too late that something is wrong and risk turning a repair from a minor expense to a major and costly one.
Replace your brake fluid with a fresh clean batch.
Although most auto experts recommend a brake system flush every 60,000 miles, you need not need to wait for the next schedule (at 120,000 miles) before having your next flush. Just like with your oil, dirt and other contaminants accumulate in your brake fluid, reducing its efficiency and affecting your safety while driving. So when you hit 100k miles, better go to your trusted auto shop and ask for complete replacing of your old brake fluid with new, clean fluid.
Have your power steering system checked.
It’s one of the most overlooked systems and it probably never crossed your mind that it should be checked too, right? Well, the power steering fluid which is responsible for keeping the whole system (including its hoses, pump, seals and other moving parts) working does wear down over time too. Which is why for an older car like yours, having your power steering system inspected yearly would be a good idea. There are additives that can enhance your power steering fluid’s efficiency so you might want to consult your trusted mechanic about this. And of course, just like your brake fluid, have your old fluid flushed and replaced with fresh new fluid, before boosting it with your chosen additive/s.
Schedule oil changes more frequently.
Over time, your oil accumulates dirt, clogging your filters and causing more wear. The additives you put in can only do so much and even with all those rust-fighting and friction-reducing agents, your engine will continue to wear down and your oil won’t be able to lubricate it as well as it did when it was new. To keep your oil working as optimally as it can, schedule an oil change every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first. And seriously consider shifting to high-mileage oil (if you aren’t using such yet) that can provide added support and protection for your older engine.
Replace your shocks and struts.
Just like other parts of your car, your shocks and struts are not made to last forever. And at 100k miles, there’s a big likelihood that one or more of yours are already due for repair or replacement. Don’t put it off further. You might not notice the effect of having new ones on your car. But trust us when we say that it plays a big part in making your car run, accelerate, turn, stop, and overall perform better.
Replace your catalytic converter and oxygen sensors.
Oxygen sensors and the catalytic converter are both part of your vehicle emission system. Oxygen sensors balance the amount of oxygen being used, helping your car operate at optimal efficiency, while the catalytic converter helps trap and convert harmful particles and other pollutants. If both parts haven’t been replaced yet, at 100k miles, it’s as good time as any. Your car will not just be better for it. The environment will thank you for it too. Keep in mind that a clogged converter can have serious effects on your engine!
Replace your belts and hoses.
Rubber doesn’t like heat. And time is its enemy as well. So if you’re still using your original belts and hoses, chances are, they’ve been exposed to lots of heat and are already in need of replacement. Don’t wait for the awful smell of burning rubber before taking action. Your vehicle will be dead on the road if one of those things breaks!
Big Sky Collision Center wants you to be Safe!
Here at Big Sky, our goal is to ensure that you’re driving a safe vehicle. Whether we are offering maintenance tips, helping you keep your car clean with a full detail, or restoring your vehicle after an accident, our goal is to provide superior customer service.
Call us today at 406-259-6328 if you need more information on our services.