Since most cars come with a 100,000 miles life-tag attached to it; it’s normal to worry that things would start going downhill once your car has gone over 100K mark. However, the truth is your car can still go further than that timeline, lasting 200,000 miles and beyond, it all depends on the previous maintenance your car has been receiving and also the maintenance tune-ups it gets after it reaches 100,000 miles. You play a key role in how long your car lasts—it all boils down to maintenance.
Here Is The Tune Up Maintenance You Should Stick To Once Your Car Goes Beyond 100,000 Miles
Various moving parts work together to make machines work, once you understand that as a machine, your automobile needs these parts intact, you would have a long way to go with your car. All these moving parts need to stay cool, clean and lubricated. You have to stay alert about…
If you still have your car running at the 100K mark, then that signals that its owner has been good about changing oil regularly. In times gone by, you would have to change oil after every 3,000 miles but luckily enough, this is no longer the case. Now, oil is changed after every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Anyway, once your car strikes 100,000 miles; it’s best to go back in time and start changing it every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
When you let your car eat up a lot of miles , you make it more vulnerable to wear and tear which you could prevent with a good maintenance.
The timing belt controls the camshaft which makes it an indispensable part of your car. It opens and closes your engine valves, allowing the entry of air to create combustion and after the explosions, releases the exhaust. Without the timing belt, your car won’t run.
You might find indicated in the owner’s manual that you should replace the timing belt after 60,000 miles. But it’s still fine if you do that after 80,000-100,000 miles; however, what you mustn’t fail to do is ensure that the timing belt remains in top shape.
Your vehicle is done and over with once this chain breaks; therefore if there’s been no replacement for your 100,00 miles vehicle, you must do so immediately. Another important thing is to check if all teeth on the belt is complete, functioning properly and screwed tight.
Hoses and Belts
Timing belt is not the only belt that keeps your car running excellently well, there are many other belts that does the same and not all of them are visible. As belts are made of rubber, they are bound to stretch, break or wear; this makes thoroughly inspecting them at this 100,000 miles stage really crucial.
Hoses also wear out especially because of the hot elements they are exposed to; likewise the clamps that attach them to other parts. Your vehicle reaching 100,000 miles means you have to be more attentive to all these parts that are prone to rot, rust, stretch or loosen as they age.
No one wants their car hose to suddenly burst at the middle of the road while having a family ride out.
What other things can burst?
You have to keep your tires healthy by staying conscious about wear and tear. You should know that the wearing of your front and rear tires are not the same. Due to motor weight and the fact that their turning creates friction, the front tires would get more damaged than the back. For an even wearing out, you have to switch the tires i.e. switch the front tires with the rear tires and vice versa. It’s best to do this after every 6000-8000 miles, with every oil change.
The pistons, valves, valve rings and other things alike that are integral to your engine have no doubt been greatly affected by the 100K mark that your vehicle has covered.
Run a compression test to ensure that pressure between each valves are equally distributed. The absence of this is a pointer to the fact that your valves have worn out.
Your vehicle can live to see 200,000 miles if you take it for a regular check up. You have to be there for it the same way it’s been there for you through the years—treat it with care.
100K Service – Check-up / Maintenance
Our technicians will give your 100,000 mile vehicle a thorough servicing whenever you bring it in for check-up or maintenance. We want your vehicle up and running and in great shape for a long while to come. But it’s up to you to keep up on the scheduled maintenance.
Autowerks of Plano makes getting your 100,000 mile auto maintenance tune-up a very simple and easy process. Give Chad a call today to schedule an appointment at (214) 682-2080. We service the world’s finest automobiles and we can’t wait to service your vehicle. We are specialists in European Auto Repair and Japanese Imports including BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, Mini Cooper, Lexus, Infinity, Acura, Honda, Toyota vehicles and more.
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