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Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle at 100,000 Miles

More often than not, folks are driving their cars for over ten years. Depending on how much you travel, you can certainly pack on a ton of miles in ten years or less. Hitting the 100k mile mark on your vehicle is a big milestone for your car. In fact, many car owners have their own little celebration when they reach this step in their car's journey. It takes a lot of care and attention to dates and details to keep a car running smoothly for years and years, but it can certainly be done and can save you quite a bit of money in the long run.

Here's a checklist of the top maintenance items you need to think about at the 100k mile mark:

Longevity Fluids

When you purchase a vehicle, you're probably not thinking about the fluids under the hood which will keep your car running smoothly for years down the road. Sure, there are fluids that need to be replaced on a semi-regular basis, but there are also those that need to be checked and possibly replaced less frequently, which are vital to the health of your car. One of the things you'll want to have checked is the coolant. If you purchased your car used, you might not even be sure when it was last checked. At the 100k mile milestone, it's probbaly a good idea to have it flushed and replaced. If this is overlooked, it could lead to problems for your vehicle down the road. No one wants to have to shell out big bucks for new water pumps or otherwise, especially if it could have been avoided through a simple check-up.

Spark Plugs

If you've never changed your car's spark plugs, 100k miles is the time to do it. Unlike decades past, spark plugs now have a lifespan of up to 100k miles, whereas before, some only lasted for 20k or up to 60k miles. This of course will depend on the age of the vehicle, but if your vehicle is newer than 2005, your spark plugs are probably set to last 100k miles. If you bought a pre-owned vehicle with 100k miles, you'll definitely want to have the spark plugs checked, and probably also replaced unless that was done prior to the sale of the vehicle.

The 100k mile service

At 100k miles, it's usually recommended that you take your vehicle back to the appropriate dealership for 'the big service.' This is where a trained tech and mechanic will completely go over your vehicle and address all of the problem areas that may have popped up in a vehicle with 100k miles under its belt. They'll do light maintenance, fluid flushes, and any general minor repairs that need to be made to keep your car running well for another 100k miles.

It's pretty amazing how long cars are running these days! With proper maintenance and regular care, you can keep your car on the road for a very long time.

Brought to you by Plantation Ford.

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