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OUR BLOG

06/06/2018

The average car on the road in the U.S. is 11 years old, and the average owner puts on 13,500 miles per year.  However, a vehicle that has accumulated 200,000 miles is going to have a few battle scars. In the article below, we offer 8 maintenance to-dos to help keep your 200,000-mile warrior humming along.


1) Seek out seals- Time takes its toll on all of us. Your vehicle’s axle, driveshaft and other seals are no exception. Seals are out-of-sight, out-of-mind, meaning we don’t think of them until we notice a small transmission fluid or gear lube stain on the garage floor. Eventually, that small stain grows into a big problem.

3) Brake fluid maintenance- Brake fluid naturally attracts moisture, which can enter the system through microscopic pores in the brake lines and through the reservoir cap. The fluid can only handle so much water before it’s compromised, which reduces its boiling point and performance. This leads to brake-line corrosion and, worse, a spongy pedal. Soft brakes are not only annoying, they’re dangerous.

4) Clean the mass air flow (MAF) sensor- Your engine has consumed tons of air on its way to 200,000 miles. The MAF sensor measures the mass flowrate of air into the engine. The engine’s computer uses this information to inject the correct amount of fuel into the engine to achieve optimum efficiency depending on operating conditions. 

5) Clean the fuel injectors-To reach 200,000 miles, an engine will burn 8,000-10,000 gallons of fuel. In each fuel injector, a small needle opens and closes millions of times as thousands of gallons of fuel are burned in front of it. Plus, the fuel is sprayed through tiny openings in the injector tip.

6) Assess the AC- Your air conditioning may not be what it once was due to plugged cabin filters, stuck blower doors or a weak blower motor. Use an anemometer, which measures air speed and temperature, to find air-flow restrictions and determine if the system needs to be recharged. If you’re going to go beyond 200,000 miles, you want to be comfortable, so do a little AC maintenance.

7) Replace the engine and transmission mounts- In general, worn mounts don’t provide much early warning, but when they go, it’s noisy, rough and potentially dangerous.

8) Timing-chain tensionersMade from composite materials and actuated by springs or hydraulic pressure, timing-chain tensioners are designed to wear and become brittle due to the number of engine-heat cycles. Hydraulic tensioners can also wear and leak.


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