High Mileage Service
Servicing a vehicle is always an important part of keeping it running smoothly for a long time. As a vehicle gets older, maintenance becomes even more critical to prevent breakdowns. Here are some things to consider as your model reaches those pivotal mileage points.
At this point in your vehicle’s life, you need to check a few components and replace them as needed.
- Spark plugs
- Decoupler pulleys
- O2 sensors
- Belt tensioner
- Transmission fluid
- Shocks and struts
- Brake fluid
- Combustion chamber
Fewer vehicles will make it to this mark because maintenance hasn’t been done as it should. If you’re lucky enough to be driving a vehicle with this number of miles, you will start to feel and see the wear. The catalytic converter may be damaged by the gases that get into the combustion chamber. Regular oil changes can prevent a lot of problems along with other maintenance. At this point in the vehicle’s life, you should also have other components inspected.
- Drivetrain seals
- MAF sensor
- Timing chain tensioners
- Power steering fluid
- Engine and transmission mounts
Very few vehicles make it this far and only if they have been serviced regularly. Many parts have worn out and needed to be replaced. Certain components should be inspected to ensure they are working correctly.
- Catalytic converter
- Chassis inspection
Have the fuel injector cleaned at this point since thousands of gallons of fuel have pumped through the injectors and engine system.
What is Regular Maintenance?
Along with special components that may need inspecting and/or replaced at certain intervals, you must keep up on routine maintenance. What does that look like? First, have your oil changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This is probably the single most important maintenance item to manage because it can reduce wear on the engine and extend the life of the vehicle.
Check the tire pressure and tread of the tires to ensure they are providing the best traction. Check coolant level, which can tell you if there is a leak. Clean the backup camera lens for added safety. Add fuel injector cleaner to the fuel about every 3,000 miles are as directed by your service technician or owner’s manual.
Wax the vehicle regularly to prevent rust and preserve the paint. Inspect belts and rotate tires every 10,000 miles. Have the alignment adjusted as needed based on how and where you drive. At least once a year, inspect your brakes and clean the connections to the battery. Check other fluid levels at least one time per year.
Regular maintenance won’t prevent parts from needing to be replaced. However, it can keep them working longer and warn you of the need for replacement before you’re left stranded on the side of the road.
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