Auto Maintenance Tune Up for Vehicles Over 100,000 Miles

Auto Maintenance Tune Up

Do you have a car with over 100,000 miles on it, and you’re a little concerned that things might start going wrong now? Let’s discuss some of the benefits of an auto maintenance tune up.

How to Take Care of Your Automobile After 100,000 Miles…

The 100K mark seems to be the mark of death for vehicles in many people’s minds. However the truth is that it all depends on  how well you take care of your car. In other words…if taken care of… your car could actually see 200,000 miles and above.

That depends on YOU, and how well you keep it maintained.

Don’t Panic…Just Keep This Tune Up Maintenance Schedule After 100,000 Miles…

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It’s important that you simply realize that your automobile is a machine. Machines run with moving parts, and as long as those moving parts are kept clean, lubricated, and cool…then they should last you as long as you want them to.

Oil Changes

Hopefully you’ve been a good vehicle owner and changed your oil at regular intervals when it was in it’s newer condition. If you’ve made it to 100,000 miles then you’ve probably been at least decent with this.

Now it’s time to be even more diligent with it. While you can get away with more miles between oil changes these days (every 5,000 – 7,000 miles instead of the 3000 miles of yester-year)…once your vehicle gets up there in mileage then it’s time to play it safe.

It’s probably best to go back to the every 3,000 – 4,000 miles oil change at this point.

A lot of miles means a lot of wear and tear, which means more potential for further wear and tear. It’s a viscious cycle. Maintaining your 100,000 mile car can keep that cycle at bay.

Timing Belt…

Your timing belt is one of the most important aspects of  your car. Basically it’s what controls the camshaft. Without going into too much detail, this is what opens and closes the valves in your engine. It lets the air in to create the combustion and then lets the exhaust escape after the explosions. It’s what makes your car run.

The timing belt or timing chain is critical to keep in excellent shape. These usually only have to be replaced after 80,000 to 100,000 miles. Sometimes the owner’s manual will specify 60,000 miles.

Either way, what’s important at this point for you is that you know whether or not your timing belt has been replaced…and when. Especially now that you’re at 100k miles. If it’s never been replaced, then that MUST be done, because if this thing breaks it’s – likely all over for your vehicle.

You’ll also want to have it checked to make sure there are no teeth missing on the belt, and that it’s tight enough, and is working properly. Do this as soon as possible once your car hits 100,000 miles.

Hoses and Belts…

Besides the timing belt there are tons of other belts that make your car run or at least run efficiently. Some that you may or may not be able to see.

You’ll want to have a thorough inspection on all your belts now that you’ve reached this high mileage. Belts will wear, stretch, or break as they are made of rubber.

Usually hoses are made of materials (like rubber) that will wear.  Hoses are exposed to very hot elements. Not only do your hoses wear but so do the clamps that hold them to the parts that they’re attached to. Some will rust and rot, and some will simply stretch or loosen over time. This is all vital to keep after, especially once your vehicle hits 100,000 miles.

You don’t want to have a hose burst while you’ve got your family doing 65 miler per hour on the highway.

Speaking of bursting…

Keep Your Tires Healthy…

As you drive, there’s a natural discrepancy in the wear on your tires. The front gets much more abused from extra motor weight, as well as the fact that they turn and therefore rub on the ground. To keep the wear even throughout the tire’s life, you’ll need to rotate the tires.

This simply means moving the back tires to the front, and vice versa.

You should do this with every oil change, or every 6k to 8k miles.

Engine Compression…

Your automobile’s been running for 100,000 miles. That can have a huge effect on the valves, valve rings, pistons, etc.

Have a compression test performed to make sure that there’s enough pressure in total, and evenly distributed pressure between each valve. When there’s not, then it gives a solid indication that something inside the valves has worn. Of course this is an integral aspect of your engine that must be working correctly.

How to Make Sure You’re In the Clear for Your 100,000 Mile Tune Up…

Play it safe and have vehicle checked regularly so that you can make it to 200,000 miles with your vehicle.

The bottom line is that your vehicle has been through quite a bit. It’s been pretty loyal either to you or the previous owner. If you want that loyalty to remain, then you’ve got to take special care of it. Be loyal right back.

Jason Rupert at All About Imports is a master at maintaining new and older vehicles. At your 100,000 mile anniversary Jason will go through everything with a fine toothed comb to make sure you’re in great running shape and safe.

Throughout your next 100,000 miles, Jason will keep your automobile in great health by performing your scheduled maintenance diligently.

It’s up to you however to bring the vehicle in so Jason Rupert can work his magic.