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Maximize the Life of Your Vehicle and Don’t Ignore These Mileage Milestones

Seeing large numbers on the odometer can make some drivers sweat. With preventive care for your vehicle, you’ll cross milestones you never dreamed possible! Here’s how to stay on the road longer every time you cross a new mileage threshold.
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Mileage on your vehicle adds up fast. Between daily commutes, running errands, and long road trips, the average driver puts more than 15,000 kilometres on their ride every year.

That means you’ll be hitting mileage milestones like 50,000 or 100,000 kilometres on your engine every couple of years. To reach the most significant numbers like 250,000, you’ll need to take action each time you see a bunch of zeros on your odometer.

Below, we’ll give you preventive care tips for each milestone your vehicle reaches - from fluid checks to replacing parts, you can keep that ride of yours on the road for years to come.

20,000 Kilometres

When buying new, most warranties last at least 25,000 kilometres, so be sure to take advantage of free oil changes or preventive care whenever you can. Fuel filters typically last about 30,000 kilometres, so replacing them at 30k will put you ahead of the curve.

Doing a full inspection every 25,000 kilometres is also an excellent habit to get into. Check your batteries and coolant levels and service as needed. Inspect all hoses for signs of wear, and consider having your brakes inspected. Most pads will last longer, but it’s smart to check them, especially if heading into the winter months.

50,000 Kilometres

At this mileage landmark, parts begin to wear and may need to be replaced. Brake pads will be one of the first to go. If you hear grinding or squeaking when applying the brakes, you may need to replace worn pads.

Fuel filters should also be replaced every 50,000 kilometres or so, and all fluids should be flushed and replaced. The more significant systems within your ride will need to be thoroughly inspected at this time, as well.

Shocks, suspensions, and fuel systems should be cleared by a professional. A new set of tires may be in order around this time, depending on your driving habits and road conditions.

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100,000 Kilometres

This is the first significant milestone for your vehicle to clear. Because lubricants and parts have become more sophisticated, your car might only be halfway through its life at this point.

If you’ve been keeping up with our recommendations, you’ll know it’s time to replace your fuel filter and all fluids once again, but other vital parts need attention at this phase, as well.

Belts and hoses begin to break down from normal wear and tear around this mileage, so have every component inspected and replaced at the first sign of deterioration. Being proactive with your maintenance routine will help reduce expensive repairs.

If you’re still on your original tires and brake pads at 100,000 miles, it’s time for a change. While some premium brands can go a bit longer, most models recommended replacement around 80,000 miles.

200,000 Kilometres

This is the ultimate number for those who like to get the most out of their car or truck. Many diesel engines can go far beyond this mileage with proper care.

At 200k, you’ll have to dig deeper and look for parts to replace. Many seals and gaskets will wear by this time and may take some significant labour to get a repair. Address any minor issues immediately and stick to constant preventive care. Any attention you can give your high-mileage engine will help keep it operating smoothly.

Paint and body concerns will also begin to show up. Do your best to address rust issues when you first notice them so the body doesn’t become compromised. Other cosmetic problems that don’t impact your drive can wait, but if you want your wheels looking fresh, a new paint job is worth the investment.

Crossing these mileage thresholds is always cause for celebration. Keeping your vehicle on the road after it’s paid off will save you money each month, even with frequent oil changes and inspections. Start a preventive care routine now to make your wheels last!

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