Noticing milestones are a big part of vehicle maintenance. There are specific issues that will likely need to be addressed as your vehicle hits certain milestones. These tasks often fall under the heading of scheduled maintenance

Scheduled maintenance is crucial because it helps keep your vehicle running smooth and can increase the vehicle’s lifespan. Today we are going to look at one of the most important milestones in the life of your vehicle, 100,000 miles. 

Why is 100K Miles an Important Milestone?

By the time you get to 100,000 miles, your car is officially in its prime. In previous decades 100K miles marked the end of a vehicle’s lifespan. However, with the great improvements in vehicle durability over the last twenty years, 100K is not as big a deal. 

Just keep in mind that perceptions of 100K miles have not kept up with innovations in manufacturing. Many people will still recommend you sell your vehicle before you hit this milestone. Or if you wait until after 100K miles, you may be forced to sell at a greatly reduced price. 

One way to combat the continued misperceptions of the 100K milestone is to keep your vehicle in great health. To do that, follow the maintenance tips listed below. 

What Maintenance is Important At 100K Miles

When your vehicle hits 100,000 miles, you should consider the following maintenance. The more preventative maintenance you have, the better your vehicle will run at 100K miles. 

If you are confused about what maintenance your car needs at this age, contact Ethan’s Honest Automotive. Our expert mechanics will help you determine the right maintenance schedule for your unique vehicle. 

  • Fluids – Regular oil changes and checks of the coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid are essential when your vehicle reaches 100,000 miles. These fluids keep the car running smoothly. You don’t want dirty fluids or too little fluid running through your engine. 
  • Belts- Your engine is made up of a variety of belts. These belts are designed to be used in the heat. However, over time they can wear down and crack. As your vehicle ages, the belts should be checked for too much wear, brittleness, cracking, striping, or missing ribbing. 
  • Tires- Regular tire rotations and changes should be a part of your vehicle maintenance plan throughout its life. But, at 100K miles, you should have your tires checked out. By this point, if they have not already been replaced, the tires’ tread may be worn down or dry rotted. 
  • Brakes- The brakes are one of the hardest working systems on your car. You use them every time you drive, especially if the conditions are not ideal. By 100K miles, your brake pads will likely need to be replaced. Your brake fluid may also have some issues. Make sure your mechanic checks your brakes at your 100K appointment. 
  • Suspension- Suspensions problems cause issues for your steering and your tires. If your tires are wearing unevenly, you likely have a suspension issue. The suspension is made up of a lot of parts, which can wear down, especially by 100,000 miles. 

Your vehicle deserves the best service no matter its age. Contact Ethan’s Honest Automotive today to schedule your next regular maintenance appointment.