Cars are not that different from people when it comes to aging. Children do not have to work very hard to get their bodies to work efficiently. When your car is brand new everything works well. You can just enjoy driving your new car with little thought outside of routine maintenance. Just like our bodies have more that go wrong as we age, the longer you have a car the more maintenance it requires. Elderly people need to be treated carefully to ensure their health is as good as possible. High mileage cars are no different. Today Citywide Towing Service is going to talk about some things that you need to do if you have a high mileage vehicle.
Why is it Important to Change the Oil in Your Vehicle?
Our first tip is to make sure that you have your oil changes on a routine basis. This tip is not specific to high mileage vehicles. The reason that we mentioned it in this article is that the stakes are higher for cars with a high number of miles. Missing one oil change in a newer vehicle may not have any repercussions. Oil changes are extra important for older vehicles because an inspection is performed on your vehicle at the oil change appointment. Older vehicles may end up having unnecessary repairs when you miss an oil change because you were not made aware of a minor issue at the oil change. If you keep driving your car when there are minor issues they can escalate to a larger issue.
What Does an Auto Tune Up Consist Of?
In addition to having your oil changed regularly you will want to have your car serviced at certain mileage markers. The first recommended service is at 120,000 miles. Select a mechanic that you trust to perform this service for you. At this appointment the mechanic will take a look at a variety of parts on your car. Spark plugs, decoupler pulleys, O2 sensors, air conditioning, belt tensioner, coolant, alignment, transmission fluid, filters, shocks and struts, brake fluid, and the combustion chamber will all be thoroughly inspected at this appointment. If any repairs are needed your mechanic will go over them with you when you pick your vehicle up. Your next service marker is at 180,000 miles. At this point your engine could start to have issues in different areas. Your mechanic will look at all of the items from the 120,000 check and add a few more. They will check drivetrain seals, MAF sensor, headlights, timing chain tensioners, power steering fluid, and engine and transmission mounts. If your car is still chugging away at 250,000 miles you will want to bring it into your mechanic again. They will check all of the items from both the 120,000 and 180,000 service and add some more. Catalytic converter, fuel injector cleaning, and a chassis inspection are all added at this time.
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Having all of the service appointments done on your high mileage vehicle will help your vehicle running well. It should help you avoid getting stuck on the side of the road. If you do find yourself on the side of the road Citywide Towing Service can help you with roadside assistance or towing services. Contact us today!