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What to expect when your car hits 100,000 miles

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So your car has made it to 100,000 miles. Congratulations are in order. And in order to keep it going for another 100,000, there are a number of maintenance procedures you need to follow. Today’s cars are built to last way past that milestone, and proper maintenance is like money in the bank compared to buying a new vehicle.

It’s important to read your owner’s manual to review the maintenance for your specific vehicle, and it’s a good idea to visit to a trusted mechanic for a thorough inspection.

So, here’s what we’re looking at at the 100,000 mile mark:

Your vehicle’s fluids break down with age, so change your oil, coolant, and transmission, brake and power steering fluid.

Check your timing belt. At some point in its long life it will begin to wear and crack and will eventually break, which can ruin your engine. Replace it before that happens. Likewise, replace your water pump before it fails because if it does, you’re looking at a warped cylinder head and an expensive repair bill.

When was the last time you had your brakes checked? If your car is 100,000 miles along, you’ve had to replace your brake pads several times already, but do it again anyway. If you have disk brakes, the rotors may be worn. If so, have them turned.

Have you maintained your tires through your car’s long life, checking air pressure, tread and having them rotated regularly? If not, it’s probably time for new ones. Always replace all four tires at once, or at least two, but make sure they are both in either the front or rear. You’ll also likely need a wheel alignment if your car drifts to one side.

Douglas Automotive : 123 E. Virginia, Crystal Lake, IL 815.356.0440 : 417 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL : 847. 381.0454 : 416 Northwest Highway, Fox River Grove, IL : 847.639.4552 : www.douglasautomotive.com

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