These days people are keeping their cars longer than ever before. In fact, according to the latest statistics , the average car on the road is now almost 11 years old. There are several reasons for this statistic. However the most obvious reason is the fact that the economy is taking a nose dive. So if you are like the millions of people electing to drive their cars beyond the 100,000 mile mark, it would be wise of you to invest the money into getting the proper maintenance needed at this integral moment in your car’s life.
Before diving into the biggest maintenance project of your vehicle’s life, be sure to consult with the maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Since every vehicle is different, many items may or may not apply to your particular car or truck. If you have lost the manual or are otherwise in doubt, don’t be afraid to read on or ask your a reputable auto shop like Auto Spa Limited( Hot-Line: 08189742614). In addition to this, most auto manufacturers have made copies of the owner’s manual available online. Below is a general guide to what a typical car may need maintained at the 100,000 mile mark.
Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. Over time, dirt and debris can begin to clog and overwhelm your engine and its parts eventually leading to an expensive repair. In addition to this, many fluids have additives that lose their effectiveness over time. So it makes sense that replacing them with new and clean liquids will help to ensure that you can drive your car for another 100,000 miles. For most cars it is recommended that the oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid all get completely replaced. In some cases, certain fluids will reside in a permanently sealed reservoir for which replacement is not necessary or possible.
Your vehicle’s belts are made of a special kind of rubber designed to work within a hot engine compartment. However, this does not mean that they will last forever. When inspecting the belts look for signs of cracking, missing ribbing, marring, striping, general brittleness or uneven wear. If you see any of these signs it means that it is time to replace them with a fresh belt. If your belt is wearing unevenly it may mean that a pulley or belt tensioner also needs to be replaced.
Timing Belt and Water Pump
Besides changing your oil, this maintenance task is probably one of the most important items that you can do at 100,000 miles because the damage caused by a broken timing belt on interference engines can be extremely costly to fix. Statistically speaking, there is a really good chance that your timing belt will eventually break. This is especially the case if you regularly drive in really hot or really cold climates or where driving conditions are especially harsh.
Even though this maintenance item is costly (both time wise and money wise), do not put off getting your timing belt replaced. And since you will be going to all of the trouble to have this replaced, you might as well have the mechanic replace the water pump too. In some cars, a new timing belt tensioner will also be required as part of this maintenance item.
Tires and Brakes
Since your vehicle’s tires are the only thing that actually touches the pavement, it is vitally important to ensure that they are in good working order. Check the tire’s inflation level as well as tread depth. Inspect them for signs of uneven wear, cracking, and bulging. Don’t forget to rotate them either. If the tires have uneven wear, or the vehicle is pulling to one side, it may be time for an alignment too.
When replacing tires it’s always best to replace all 4 of them at the same time. If you can’t afford 4 tires then it is okay to purchases two instead (for the front or rear axle). Furthermore, it is vitally important to choose high-quality tires designed for the environment that you drive in on your particular vehicle. Good tires will result in improved handling, acceleration, and braking while also optimizing fuel consumption.
Along with tires, your brakes are another vitally important piece of equipment that requires maintenance. Check your pads and/or shoes to make sure that there is plenty of material left to keep you stopping in the future. If you have disc brakes, inspect the rotors for signs of uneven wear, pitting, or warping. If you see any of those items, it might be a good idea to have them turned. If you have to have your rotors turned or replaced you should also go ahead and replace the brake pads as well. Be sure to invest in high-quality brake pads as they will last significantly longer than cheap ones. In addition, high-quality pads (or shoes for that matter) will also help you stop your vehicle more quickly than cheap ones.
Other Things to Inspect or Replace
In addition to belts and fluids, most auto manufacturers recommend replacing a few other items as well. For instance, changing out your spark plugs is a relatively easy task that should be part of the 100,000 mile maintenance. Don’t be afraid to change the car’s fuel filter, air filter, internal air filter, and PCV valve too. If your car is particularly old, it is probably time to replace the cap and rotor located on the distributor as well.
While you are under your car changing the oil, you should inspect the undercarriage for signs of rust and other damage. If there are signs of rust, hopefully you caught it early enough to get it taken care of properly. Another thing that you should do is to go ahead a lubricate all of the moving joints and hinges on your car. This includes things like the door and seat hinges.
And finally, it is a good idea to inspect all of the rubber hoses located under your hood. This includes the coolant and oil lines as well as vacuum hoses and fuel lines.
How Much Does the 100,000 Mile Maintenance Cost?
Since the 100,000 mile maintenance is the largest and most in-depth of all of the maintenance intervals, it is also the most expensive. Still though, paying for maintenance will save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run. So why not visit Auto Spa Limited Abuja today and get a favourable quote for this maintenance. Call our Vehicle repairs hotline:08189742614 to order a repair