How to Maintain your High Mileage Vehicle

Keeping your car running smoothly even if it’s old should always be on top of your priority. However, it can be somewhat confusing to identify which parts need to be changed. Some parts are replaced based on how many miles you’ve driven your car while others depend on the calendar period.

Making sure that that your car is properly maintained will help extend the lifespan of your car. This will prevent you from constantly getting expensive repairs on your vehicle. At the same time, it’s safer to drive knowing that your car parts are all in good working condition. 

Here are some tips on how to maintain your vehicle, especially when it is over 100,000 miles.

  1. Brakes
Your car’s braking system performs best when it is new. If your car was bought second-hand, we suggest you bleed the brakes. If the brake fluid shows a clear or amber color, it means it is well-maintained and safe to use.

    On the other hand, if the fluid appears black and is specked with rust, your best option is to overhaul your braking system completely. To maintain your brakes, make it a habit to replace your brake fluid every two years. 

    1. Cooling System
    Your vehicle’s cooling system may fail at the worst possible time and place. It can breakdown during extremely hot or cold weather. Chances are, it can happen in the most inconvenient situation.

      Knowing when your coolant and heater hoses were last replaced can be useful in times like this. Your water pumps will tell you when it’s time to replace it with a new one. Once it emits a sweet odor or a green fluid, it practically means it’s nearing its demise.

      1. Engine oil
      Remove the engine oil drain plug from your car and check the consistency of the fluid. If the fluid looks dark black with silver specks or metal then you need to address it immediately. Drain the oil, change the oil filter, and pour synthetic oil in the crankcase.

        Afterward, drive your car for at least 50 miles. Continue until the oil runs clear. If this doesn’t work, have your car checked by a mechanic and have them clean your car’s oil pan.

        Maintaining your car parts also includes regularly cleaning your interior to keep it in good working condition. Use our KevianClean Interior Defense for a healthy and clean car environment.

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