Maintenance Tips for High Mileage Vehicles
A Maintained Vehicle Stays on the Road
The average age of a vehicle on the road today is 11.5 years. The average driver puts on a little over 13,000 miles each year. Given those numbers, half of the vehicles on the road have more than 150,000 miles on them. There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, then you are driving a vehicle that is a high mileage vehicle (a vehicle with more than 100,000 miles on it is considered to have high miles).
So when you’re driving around in a vehicle that is high mileage, you’re driving around in a vehicle that needs a little extra attention to ensure that it’s going to last another 100,000 miles without major issues (proper maintenance means that many vehicles can last essentially forever). As we strive to be the best auto body repair shop in Billings, we have put together a list of what you should pay attention to so you’re not left stranded on the road.
Know the Maintenance Schedule
If you bought your vehicle from the dealer, you were probably given a maintenance schedule. They may even send you reminder emails and postcards to ensure that you come back and you have your vehicle maintained by them. These are good starting points, but you should look in the vehicle’s manual, you will get the maintenance schedule that you should pay attention to. This is the one written by the people who built the car, and it has the manufacturer specifications on what needs done and when.
Don’t Skip the Oil Change
As your vehicle ages, the oil changes are even more important than they once were. But when you get over 75,000 and especially over 100,000 miles, you want to make sure that the oil going into your vehicle is a high mileage oil.
Over time, your engine will wear out. You need to have an oil put into it that will be specially formulated with detergents and other additives that will prevent as much wear and tear as possible so that sensitive parts don’t wear out. How often should you get your oil changed? You can probably get away with every 6 months or 5,000 miles, but your vehicle will fare better if you do it more often than that.
Keep the Tires in Good Shape
Your tires separate you from the road. Your tires are what prevent a large number of car crashes that would otherwise bring you to Big Sky Collision Center. Making sure that your tires are in good shape is essential to safety on the road.
To ensure proper wear on the tires, making sure that they don’t wear out prematurely or unevenly, you should have them rotated every 6,000 miles, or every 6 months. Every time they are rotated, they are inspected. If the tread is getting thin, replace them as soon as possible.
Have Regular Tune-Ups
Most dealers and manufacturers recommend tune-ups at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and 90,000 miles. But after you get high mileage those suggestions go away. Just because they aren’t listed doesn’t mean that you should stop getting them! Take it in every couple of years to ensure that spark plugs are firing properly, transmissions aren’t wearing out prematurely, and other factors in the vehicle are running properly. Many mechanics will do a quick inspection each time you have your oil changed, so you can catch a lot of problems before they become problems.
Keep it Clean
As vehicles age, people tend to neglect them. They’re old cars, after all, and why put in the time and effort to detail them? But even if the mechanical aspects are in top shape, if the body rusts away, then you’re not going to have a long lasting vehicle!
It’s recommended that you wash your vehicle regularly, and bring it in to Big Sky Collision Center twice each year for auto detailing.
Big Sky Collision Center Strives to be the Best Auto Body Repair Shop in Billings
As we are constantly trying to improve, we want to make sure that you’re safe on the road. That means helping you keep your vehicle on a maintenance schedule, and on a cleaning schedule. Need to bring your vehicle in for a full auto-detailing? Give us a call at 406-259-6328.