Getting Your Car to 200,000 Miles

Tips for Getting Your Car to 200,000 Miles

How do you make your car last 200,000 miles? It’s all about preventative medicine! And when we say medicine, we mean car maintenance! Now, this post isn’t going to apply to everyone – we know many of you LOVE leasing because that means a shiny new vehicle every few years and little to no cost on maintenance. But for those of you who are looking to learn how to make your car last longer, keep reading!

In this post, we’ll be going over lots of tips for getting your car to 200,000 miles including:
  • Picking the right car
  • Sticking to a maintenance schedule
  • Replacing your timing belt
  • Finding a trusted mechanic

Picking the Right Car

When buying a car, we always recommend looking for a vehicle with high-reliability ratings. By doing a little research, you’ll find certain vehicles have been found to last longer than others. Some buyers believe only smaller, eco-friendly cars will get higher mileage. But, if you take a look at Consumer Reports, you’ll see that many different types of cars, trucks, and SUVs are proven to last over 200,000 miles!

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle in Bel Air, Maryland, take a look at the extensive Jones Junction inventory available now:

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Stick to a Maintenance Schedule

Whether you have just purchased a car or looking to make your current car last longer, we always recommend following your manufacturer’s factory scheduled maintenance. It seems so easy and tempting at times when we’re short on time or money, to skip preventative maintenance. But as we mentioned in the very first sentence of this post – when it comes to making your car last 200,000 miles, it’s all about preventative maintenance!! While each manufacturer has recommendations for each vehicle, we’ve come up with a general outline of what to check during preventative maintenance to make your car last 200,000 miles:

General Car Maintenance Schedule

Once a Month:

  • Tire inflation and tread (click here to learn more about tire tread)
  • Lights
  • Check engine light
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Windshield wiper blade condition

Every 3 Months or 3,000 Miles:

  • Battery and cables
  • Check engine light
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Tire inflation and tread
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid and wiper blade condition

Every 12 Months or 12,000 Miles:

  • Battery and cables
  • Belts
  • Brakes
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Chassis Lubrication
  • Check engine light
  • Coolant
  • Engine oil and filter
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel filter
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Power steering fluid
  • Steering and suspension
  • Tire inflation and tread
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Wheel alignment
  • Windshield washer fluid and wiper blade condition

36,000 Mile Maintenance:

Change your passenger compartment air filter. This keeps dust and pollutants from reaching the inside of your vehicle.

72,000 Mile Maintenance:

Change your passenger compartment air filter. This keeps dust and pollutants from reaching the inside of your vehicle.

Once you get to 100,000 miles on your car, you’ve traveled almost 4 times around the planet! Your preventative maintenance has kept you running this far, so keep it up to get to 200,000 miles with these key points to check:

120,000 Mile Maintenance:

Check your spark plugs, decoupler pulleys, O2 sensors, A/C system, belt tensioner, coolant levels, alignment, filters, and, of course, all fluids!

180,000 Mile Maintenance:

Inspect your drivetrain seals, MAF sensor, headlights, timing chain tensioners, power steering fluid, engine mounts and transmissions mounts.

Once you hit these high miles, it is incredibly important to listen to your vehicle and pay attention to any warning signs it gives of potential issues. You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and preventative maintenance in your goal of getting your car to 200,000 miles…  keep it up!!

Replacing Your Timing Belt

Checking your belts is on our 12,000-mile checklist. Most manufacturers will recommend replacing your timing belt anywhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. The prices can vary depending on the car make and model – but doing so is a serious investment in your vehicle. If this one small belt breaks it can cause some serious and expensive issues. And when we say serious, we mean that it can actually overheat and melt your engine… We recommend paying attention to your timing belt if you plan on getting your car to 200,000 miles!

Find a Trusted Mechanic

At 100,000 or 200,000 miles your car is more likely than not out of warranty from the manufacturer. However, for Jones customers with Jones for a Lifetime, you have an engine guaranteed for a lifetime! Along with engine guarantee, Jones for a Lifetime comes with free oil and filter changes! Having your car cared for by trusted mechanics like those at Jones Junction, with great benefits, will have your car on the path to reaching 200,000 miles, no doubt!

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Our Final Thoughts

If reaching 200,000 miles is a goal of yours, then preventative maintenance is your key to success! Still have questions about getting your car to 200,000 miles? Give us a call today at (443) 686-7155 – we would be more than happy to answer all questions or schedule maintenance for you!

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