Advice Automotive

How to keep a high mileage car running smoothly

Today’s cars are built to last. A high-mileage vehicle is traditionally considered to be one that has accumulated at least 75,000 miles but many modern cars have been known to run well into 200,000 miles or more.

If you have a high-mileage car and you don’t want to get rid of it just yet, you may be wondering how to keep it running smoothly. High-mileage cars require more maintenance and care than newer cars, but with a little effort, you can keep your car running smoothly for years to come.

Regular Maintenance

The key to keeping your high-mileage car running smoothly is regular maintenance. You should follow your car’s maintenance schedule as dictated in its owner’s manual. Regular tune-ups and other preventative maintenance can help keep your car running smoothly. With cars that have driven over 100,000 miles, it might be a good idea to ramp up that maintenance schedule somewhat too. Also, you won’t be able to start your car if the battery is damaged or empty so regularly check the electrolyte level and keep a spare battery in your boot with your spare tyres.

Check Fluids Regularly

In addition to regular maintenance, you should also check your car’s fluids regularly. This includes your oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant. If any of these fluids are low or compromised, you should top them off or have them changed. This can be a pretty simple process that won’t require a visit to the mechanic but don’t just start pouring fluids at random without knowing what you’re doing.

Replace Worn Parts

As your car ages, parts will naturally wear out and need to be replaced. Some common parts that often need to be replaced on older cars that have been around the block a bit include brakes, tyres, spark plugs, and belts. If you notice any problems with these parts, such as squeaking brakes or an engine that sounds more like a cement mixer than an engine, you should have them checked and replaced as necessary.

Drive Carefully

How you drive your car can also affect how long it lasts. Be gentle with your car, accelerating and braking smoothly, and avoiding sudden stops and starts. This will reduce wear and tear on your car’s engine and transmission. Remember the wise words you were taught in your driving lessons and always stick as close to the driving limit as possible. They are there for a reason, not just to keep the road safer but because they are what’s best for the longevity of your car.

Protect Your Car from the Elements

Protecting your car from the elements can also help it last longer. This includes parking in a garage where possible to protect it from the sun and extreme weather, washing and waxing your car regularly, and using a car cover if you live in an area with regular heavy rainfall.

Use High-Quality Products

Using high-quality products, such as high-quality oil and fuel, can also help your car run smoother and last longer. While these products may cost a bit more, they can save you money in the long run by reducing wear and tear on your car’s engine and other parts.

Full Car Service

Finally, if you just want to be extra safe you could get a full car service check which checks all aspects of your vehicle thoroughly. Because sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry.