Does your vehicle have over 100,000 miles?

Many people are keeping their vehicles longer.  The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern cars and trucks are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn’t have to be a painful experience.

Consumers with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask what service intervals they should follow.  Let’s start with the special needs of the older vehicle.

The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll.  

The engine and transmission will have more sludge.  The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up.  There’ll be more dirt and contaminants in the fuel tank, and corrosion and deposits are more likely to appear in the cooling system.  In addition to this seals and gaskets in your vehicle will also likely start to dry out.All of this, plus normal wear and tear, means that your vehicle’s engine might not be as strong as it once was, so your engine must work harder to get the job done.

So, we need to compensate.  Consider high-mileage formulations for oil changes, transmission service, etc.  These special formulations contain additives that condition the seals and gaskets to prevent leaks.  They also have more detergents to clean sludge and other deposits.  They cost a bit more, but they’re worth it and will most likely save you money on repairs down the line. 

In general, if a service was recommended every, let’s say, 15,000 miles when the car was new, you should continue to get the service done every 15,000 miles.

Talk with your service advisor about the condition of your engine.  See if he thinks you should adjust your service intervals for oil changes or other maintenance to account for the older engine working harder.

If anything, following recommended intervals is more important in a higher mileage vehicle.  Skipping oil changes or other services can lead to problems much more quickly than with a newer vehicle.

So, have your service advisor help you with an assessment of your older car or truck.  If you haven’t gotten around to a fuel system cleaning, or replacing power steering or brake fluid, a differential service or transmission service – it’s time to start taking care of those things.  It’ll help keep you on the road for many more happy miles.

Call today to schedule your service appointment by calling:

 (480) 890-0409

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We are located in the heart of Mesa, Arizona with Broadway Rd and Country Club Dr at

441 S Robson #101 Mesa, Arizona 85210

For your convenience we are happy to give you a ride so you can get to and from our shop without having to worry about your transportation. 

Enjoy exploring Arizona in your property serviced and maintained vehicle with Accurate Automotive. 

“For honest, quality vehicle repair at a price that’s fair you can count on Accurate Automotive.” 

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