How To Maintain A High Mileage Vehicle

She’s been around for a long time but still runs well. Seeing that odometer turn over the 100,000 mile or 150,000 kilometer mark was a moment to remember. Chances are you probably recorded the event to Facebook or Instagram and shared it with everyone else. For most cars and trucks this number is a “coming of age”. It’s no longer a new car and has not been for some time. So, just like people, it’s time to change it up just a bit and help preserve it for the next big roll-over on the odometer.

Unfortunately even the most dedicated car enthusiasts often miss a few maintenance items that should be taken care of at this anniversary. While newer cars and trucks don’t have the same needs as those from previous decades there are still things that need to be attended to at this point in your car’s life. Each vehicle also has it’s own unique set of needs based on make and model so hopefully you still have that owner’s manual you read from cover-to-cover when you first bought your car new.

A Whole Lot Of Fluids Going On

Cars have more fluids than just coolant and oil. There are transmission fluids, brake fluids, differential fluids, and maybe others. Over time, exposure to heat and cold, contamination from internal and external debris can start the breakdown of these fluids so that they don’t perform as well as they did when they were new. It may be time for all of your fluids to be changed. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual or check with a maintenance professional.

Don’t Hide In The Bushings

They squeak, pop and outright fail after time. Sure there are some that just seem to hand in there forever but chances are a vehicle with high mileage has some bushings that need attention. Mostly located in the steering and suspension they are made of a high density rubber material and serve the very noble purpose of taking a lot of the impact from driving. Failure may not be catastrophic but it almost certainly means passing on the road travel punishment to more sensitive and valuable components.

Hinges, Latches, Cranks, And Hangers

Newer cars don’t seem to develop “door drop” as much as older ones but they can. After hundreds or thousands of times of opening and closing doors they tend to sag a bit. This is caused by the wear on the bushings in the door hinges. As a result the door doesn’t close properly meaning the receiving in the door latch is taking a beating. The longer you let it go the more costly the fix. Likewise mufflers and tail pipes may begin to sag and sway over time. Checking these now can help avoid costly repairs or devastating damage in the future.

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