MOT & High Mileage Maintenance Recommendations
MOTs cover a lot of vehicle maintenance needs and we should perform your MOT test at least once per year. This is important for most vehicles, but is even more important for those with over 120,000 miles on them. If you have a high mileage vehicle, regular maintenance can drastically extend its life and keep you on the road for many more years. Here is what Tyreforce Shrewsbury Limited recommends for our high mileage customers.
For a vehicle to reach 120,000 miles, it means your car, truck, or SUV has reached a point where significant wear and tear is likely. Keep in mind 120,000 miles is roughly 4 times around the circumference of the planet, so it is a substantial distance and that means worn parts. You already know regular oil changes and brake maintenance is a must, but other parts will wear out as well. First, your decoupler pulley may need to be replaced. This part should be replaced around 60,000 miles and it is what helps boost fuel economy. Without replacing this vital part, you will notice premature wear and tear on your driving components.
The next area you will want your mechanic to check is your belt tensioner. Tensioners for belts help keep everything in place and a worn out spring in the tensioner can cause vibration within the engine. If you replace the belt tensioner and still notice considerable vibration or an uncomfortable ride, your shocks and struts need to be examined. These parts ideally should be replaced every 50,000 miles and help your vehicle maintain a smooth ride.
Having a vehicle that is approaching 200,000 miles on the odometer can be worrisome for certain vehicle owners. However, as age is just a number, mileage is too. Proper vehicle maintenance throughout the stages of your vehicle’s life is the best way to avoid breakdown and keep your car, truck, or SUV running long after the vehicle’s manufacturer’s warranty has expired. Vehicles require careful maintenance at this stage to ensure combustion chambers within the engine system remain uncorrupted and working properly.
180,000 miles on any vehicle will require intense maintenance and careful attention to every detail of how your vehicle is functioning. Your MOT specialist will need to check the drivetrain seals to ensure there are no leaks or cracks that could turn into leaks later down the road. These seals are one of the cheaper replacement parts that can save you a lot of money without having to replace the full drive train system. You will also want to ensure your MOT specialist check for any worn engine or transmission mounts. Worn mounts can cause the engine to shift during driving and become a significant road hazard.
Proper engine diagnostics and MOT services in Shrewsbury are essential to keep your vehicle running as long as possible. Tyreforce Shrewsbury Limited is your number one stop for all your MOT maintenance needs. We service vehicles of all types and can perform comprehensive car diagnostics to keep your vehicle going.