A guide to keeping high mileage cars running smoothly

Today’s cars are built to last, but as the kilometres on your car continue to climb, it becomes increasingly important to take a proactive approach to car maintenance.

“High mileage cars require a little extra love and special attention to keep them running smoothly and reliably. While there are lots you can do daily to maintain your car, an Extended Warranty will help you avoid any unexpected financial surprises,” advisesJarrod Berman, Managing Director of MotorHappy, a supplier of motor management solutions.

However, he continues to say that some key DIY maintenance tasks will help keep the car in good condition. Firstly, keep an eye on the fluids. “Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle and keeping them clean and at the proper levels is crucial. Regularly check and change the engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant. Check your vehicle's owner's manual for recommended intervals and specifications,” he says.

Frequent oil changes are essential for keeping high-mileage cars running smoothly. Consider using high-mileage synthetic oils to condition seals and reduce oil consumption.

The cooling system plays a vital role in preventing engine overheating. Regularly inspect the radiator, hoses, and coolant levels. Clean the radiator fins and flush the cooling system according to your vehicle's maintenance schedule.

Be sure to regularly check brake pads and rotors and replace them when necessary. Inspect the brake lines and fluid for any signs of leakage.

Proper tyre maintenance is essential for both safety and fuel efficiency. Regularly check tyre pressure, rotate tyres at recommended intervals, and align the wheels. Keep an eye on tread wear and replace tyres when they become excessively worn.

A clean and efficient fuel system contributes to better performance and fuel economy. Use fuel system cleaners periodically and replace the fuel filter as recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer.

High-mileage cars may experience issues with the engine and transmission. Jarrod advises drivers to keep an ear out for unusual noises, vibrations, or changes in performance. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent more significant problems down the road.

Inspect and replace the worn-out suspension and steering components to ensure a smooth and controlled ride. This includes shocks, struts, bushings, and ball joints. Proper alignment also helps preserve tyre life and handling.

Inspect the battery, alternator, and starter regularly. Clean corrosion from battery terminals and replace the battery if it's showing signs of weakness. Ensure that the electrical system is in good condition to prevent unexpected breakdowns.

“While DIY maintenance is essential for all car owners, professional inspections can catch potential issues early. Schedule regular check-ups with a trusted mechanic who can assess the overall condition of your high mileage car and provide expert advice on necessary repairs or replacements,” says Berman.

“An Extended Warranty can be a game-changer for high mileage cars, acting as a safety net for unexpected repairs that often come with ageing vehicles. As your car accumulates kilometres, the wear and tear on components increase, and the likelihood of unforeseen breakdowns rises. An Extended Warranty provides a financial cushion, covering repair costs that might otherwise dent your wallet. It's like having a reliable co-pilot on your road trip, ready to tackle the unexpected twists and turns,” he concludes.

With a proactive and consistent approach to maintenance, your high-mileage car can continue to provide reliable performance for years to come. By paying attention to fluids, brakes, tyres, and various other components, you'll not only extend the life of your vehicle but also enjoy a smoother and safer driving experience. Remember, a well-maintained car is a happy car.