High or Low Mileage: How to Keep Your Car Running?


There is no secret that high mileage car requires more maintenance than newer cars. If you’ve driven your car for 75,000 to 100,000 miles and hoping for more to go. Then you can aim for another 100,000 miles but with proper care and check-ups. 

Here are ways to extend the lifespan of your vehicle according to mileage. 

Things to Check Every 3000 Miles

  • Change the oil and replace the oil filter. 
  • Check the washer fluid level and add a fuel injector cleaner to fuel. 

Maintenance Tips for Every 30,000 Miles

  • Replace the belt, as timing is everything.
  • Cars that are driven easy and slowly last longer. 
  • Change the oil filter before 30,000 miles.
  • Replace your fuel filter if it gets clogged. 

Maintenance Tips for 60,000 Miles

  • Battery

Batteries are mostly affected by the temperature, age and non-use for longer periods. Always keep in mind that they have a certain warranty and pro-rated by time. Always remember to keep your vehicle battery charge and check its water level. 

  • Brake shoes/pads

A good set of brake shoes and pads can last up to 50,000 miles. So it is advisable to replace it once you hear the screeching noise. You can also check them regularly. 

  • Brake Rotors

To slow the vehicle, your brakes work by squeezing the pads against the rotors. It is subjected to lots of heat due to the friction between them and the brake pads, and they can warp over time. Thus, it is advised to change it a certain time. 

  • Coolant

A coolant is a liquid which is a mixer of water and antifreeze which flows through your car’s radiator to cool it. If you lose it, the engine will overheat and severe damage can cause. 

Maintenance Tips for over 75,000 Miles

  • Keep up with service

Just because your car is running long that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require any maintenance or service. It needs even more care and service. Mainly keep its lubricants and the filter clean, and older engine needs more help. Ensure that you replace the oil and oil filter after every 3000 to 5000 miles. Moreover, continue to check the service as instructed in your owner’s manual. 

  • Looks matter more even after 75,000

As the vehicle gets old, the finishing touch of your vehicle gets dull and it can lead to rust. Thus, put your vehicle under shade or in the garage to protect it. Also, make sure you take care of its interior, as it will make your vehicle look good. Avoid smoking in the car, as the smell gets stuck in the car and it damages the health of interior. Timely cleaning and treating your leather seats, carpets and other upholstery.

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Maintenance Before 90,000 Miles

  • Hoses

The hoses in the car carry the coolant for power steering fluid. It is made of rubber and as the rubber ages, it gets small cracks and can bust. The busted hose can cause some serious troubles while you are in a hurry, so checked them and changed it as needed. Mostly, you need to replace them once you reach to 6-digit mileage. 

  • Power Steering Fluid

If your power steering fluid is low, then it can cause hard steering or excessive noise while you turn the wheel. Replace your power steering fluid once you reached around 50,000 to 90,000 miles, or when you think there is a problem with your power steering. 

Things to Check Every 6 Months

  • Apply polish to extend the life of the vehicle’s paint and to prevent rust. 
  • Check the power steering fluid level.

Things to Check Every 10,000 Miles

  • Inspect the belts
  • Check the rotation of tyres
  • If you have manual transmission adjust the clutch on your own. 

Checklist for Yearly Maintenance

  • Inspect breaks, clamps and hoses.
  • Clean the connection of batteries.
  • Check the brake fluid level and manual transmission fluid.
  • Keep an eye on coolant strength.
  • Rinse-off the air conditioner condenser
  • To maintain the good visibility, buff the plastic headlight assembly.
  • Replace car’s cabin air filter. 

Checklist for Every Two-Year Maintenance

  • Flush your coolant system
  • Check your battery’s electrolyte level

Things for Improving Your Car’s Mileage

  • Keep the pressure on. 
  • Treat the brake and accelerator pedals with respect.
  • Consolidate trips as possible to keep fuel efficiency high as it can save on your travel time.
  • Without knocking the engine shift to the highest possible gear.
  • Keep your car clean and don’t drive your car if you’ve not changed the air filter, oil filter, and clogged filter. 
  • Avoid rush driving, especially if you’re a daily commuter.

The Bottom Line

To keep your car in good condition, you need to stay on top of basics like changing filters, replacing hoses, belts, brake pads, battery, etc., and these things are easy to put off for later. You can also keep a record of your past services in the service logbook. Maintaining a logbook will help the buyer know the insights of buying an old vehicle (while selling your car). However, small maintenance can take you to a large repair job. Thus, consider these above mention milestones for guidelines to keep your vehicle in good condition for many years. 

Author Bio: Hi, I am Ariana Mortenson, a professional writer and blogger. I write on various niches in a way that it’s understandable and appealing to the people and make informed and valuable choices.

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