According to the latest data from IHS Markit, Americans tend to keep their cars much longer today. Experts name different reasons why it may happen, such as the supply crisis, the sense of instability planted by the recent Pandemic of COVID-19, a change in consumers’ mindset in the past several years, etc.
But the fact is that if in the early 2000s a car would change two or even more owners before it hits 100K miles, today it will probably stay at the same hands way over this mark.
However, even if you are perfectly happy with your vehicle and don’t plan to change it any time soon, you need to remember that an aging car will probably need some additional maintenance and attention.
Here are the things every car owner needs to remember driving a vehicle that has passed the 100K mark.
You may need to change the oil more often
Oil is one of the essential fluids in any vehicle. It lubricates the engine, providing its smooth and efficient performance and preventing damage and costly repairs. However, once your car goes over the 100K Miles mark, the oil may start working overtime and therefore need more frequent checkups and changes.
While checking your oil every time you fuel the car is still the best schedule, you should keep in mind that it may need to be changed every 3,000 miles (or every 3 months) from now on.
You may also want to switch to the so-called high-mileage oils. They contain advanced additives aimed to take special care of older engines.
Keep an eye on gas consumption
Your car’s “appetite” is one of the best indicators of its condition. If you suddenly notice that you have to fuel much more often, although you drive in the same conditions and schedule, it may be a sign of a leaking gas tank or an indication that you should take the car to a garage for a filter change or any other maintenance.
Pay attention to brakes
Well-maintained brakes are essential for the safety of your car. However, an older vehicle may need some additional attention to the braking system. Dust and debris that may accumulate on brake plates with time will significantly reduce their efficiency.
Moreover, old brake fluid will become oily and accumulate contaminants, which will definitely affect your ability to stop the car safely or even lead to accidents and costly repairs.
Make sure to check the brakes regularly, replace the fluid and take the car to a mechanic whenever you feel something off or hear a squeaking sound when you stop the vehicle.
Check the cooling system thoroughly
The cooling system may also work overtime when your car exceeds the 100K mark. Make sure to check it thoroughly next time you go for an oil change. In case you notice a green liquid leaking from under the car or a weird stain on your driveway or parking place, make sure to address a mechanic immediately. A cooling system’s failure can be really dangerous and lead to severe damage to the engine that will cost you a lot of money, time, and energy.
If you are fully satisfied with your vehicle, feel comfortable and safe driving it or probably have some emotional bond with the car, there is definitely no need to replace it right after the 100K mark. However, you need to remember that your iron horse may need some additional maintenance and care from now on.
Contact OHS Body Shop if you are looking for a team of qualified mechanics and certified experts who will treat your car with respect and care it deserves. Our branches are located all over Montana’s Greater Flathead Valley, in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Polson, and provide all sorts of repair and maintenance services to ensure that you will continue driving your safe and comfortable car or get the best price if you decide to put it on the market after all.