Why The Correct Motor Oil Matters for High Mileage Vehicles
It’s not unusual for today’s engines to run well past 200,000 miles and show little significant wear. But in order for that to be the case, you need to have the right maintenance and the proper motor oil.
So how do you care for an older car and what are the advantages of using high mileage motor oil? Follow the tips from Milito’s Auto Repair below and you’ll be good-to-go for miles and miles.
How To Care For Older, High Mileage Vehicles
At around 75,000 miles, several important service items are due on many cars and trucks — including the timing belt, hoses, spark plugs and other components that are expected to last about 75,000 miles.
That’s when parts start deteriorating from the effects of time and mileage. While the internal components of the engine should be strong, other parts are likely showing wear.
To help extend the life of your vehicle, be sure to bring it into Milito’s Auto Repair for:
Your vehicle should be brought in for regular inspections every four to six months so that the expert mechanics can check for any potential issues like battery corrosion, brakes and brake lines, and leaks in the shocks or struts. This is especially important in an area like Chicago where the roads can do a number on your car.
If you’re using synthetic oil, it’s recommended that you bring your vehicle in for an oil change every six months or 6,000 miles. This not only keep fluids fresh and clean, but also gives the mechanics a chance to make sure all the other systems are properly running. If you’re using conventional oil, make that every four months or 4,000 miles.
What Is High Mileage Motor Oil?
As part of that oil change, your car will be filled with high mileage motor oil. As the name would imply, these oils are specially formulated to combat a number of potential problems that high mileage vehicles might encounter and are usually a mix of synthetic and conventional oils.
They contain additives designed for older vehicles and can help combat:
Engine Oil Leaks
Engine leaks are often caused by years of wear and tear on the engine’s seals, which can erode. Certain high mileage oils have additives that can protect worn seals and keep leaks from forming.
Engine Oil Sludge
There is a tar-like residue that can build up in an engine as the result of oil thickening or breakdown. This is often the result of poor maintenance and a few too many skipped oil changes. But high mileage oil used in older engines can help remove engine sludge and reduce wear.
General Engine Wear
Engines can increasingly wear out as they age. But high mileage oils offer protection to help prevent wear and protect critical engine components, saving the life of your engine — and you a lot of money.
The Best High Mileage Motor Oil
At Milito’s Auto Repair, we recommend that all vehicles over 75,000 miles use a high mileage motor oil. We use both Castrol® and Mobil 1® oil brands for their durability and dependability.
Castrol oil is a synthetic blend that protects against sludge, wear and burn-off and also liquid engineered to protect your emission system, all extending the life of your engine. Mobil 1 is engineered with a proprietary blend of high-performance synthetic base oils, and has been proven to help vehicles run over 500,000 miles.
Regardless of the brand that you choose, you can be guaranteed you’re getting the most for your money and mileage — keeping you on the road for even more years to come.
Get Your High Mileage Oil Changed at Milito’s Auto Repair
When you’re ready to get your oil changed and for any other service repairs, you can depend on the professionalism and expertise of the crew at Milito’s Auto Repair in Chicago for all your car care needs. Contact us today!