Many people are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern cars and trucks are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn’t have to be a painful experience.
Consumers with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask how what service intervals they should follow. Following recommended intervals is more important in a higher mileage vehicle. Skipping oil changes or other services can lead to problems much more quickly than with a newer vehicle.
Tips for making your vehicle last:
- Follow all your regularly scheduled maintenance routines. Things like oil changes, transmission and cooling system service are critical for avoiding expensive damage. This reduces your overall cost for keeping your vehicle for a long time.
- Regular inspections are critical. Parts are starting to get old and will become worn out over the miles. Thorough inspections of various systems will uncover things that are nearing the end of their service life, like suspension, brake and steering components. Replacing worn parts early not only prevents breakdowns but relieves stress on related components so they will last longer as well.
- Another thing to consider is the use of special high mileage fluid formulations. For example, high mileage engine oil has special additives that condition old seals and gaskets. It also has extra detergents to help keep that older engine clean inside. High mileage oil, transmission fluid, etc. cost a little more but can really head off some of the problems that are typical of older vehicles.
- Consult with your trusted service advisor about the overall condition of your vehicle and your driving routines. It may be advisable to follow your manufacturer’s severe service schedule.
- Cleaning your car can help keep both the interior and exterior in good shape. A good wash regularly helps remove contaminants and prevent rust. To help protect the paint, consider giving your car a good coat of wax. Vacuuming the interior of your car to remove dirt, sand and dust helps preserve the carpet and upholstery and prevent premature wear and tear. Keep in a garage or covered if possible.
- DRIVE CALMLY. Aggressive driving, hard stops and starts and rapid accelerating or decelerating may add unnecessary wear and tear to your car, according to Car Talk. Driving gently, including accelerating slowly and avoiding the need to slam on the brakes, may help prolong the life of a high-mileage car. On a cold day, Car Talk also suggests keeping the speed lower for the first few minutes of driving until the oil has warmed up.
- Even with the occasional unexpected repair associated with an older vehicle, you can still enjoy good, reliable transportation if you take good care of your ride.
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Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant