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Scheduling car maintenance by mileage milestones can keep your car running well for many, many miles. Here are the milestones to watch for:

5,000 miles: Schedule an oil change every 5,000 miles. (If you drive an older, less efficient vehicle, the owner’s manual might recommend oil changes every 3,000 miles). Opt for synthetic oil, which has a longer lifespan than conventional motor oil. Change the oil filter, too.

10,000 miles: Rotate the tires. Make a note to continue rotating the tires (to ensure even wear and prolong the life of the treads) every 10,000 miles.

36,000 miles: Whether you bought new or used, your manufacturer’s warranty likely expires after 36,000 miles. Take the car in for a checkup to make sure all of the systems covered under the ‘bumper to bumper’ warranties, which can include suspension, heating and air conditioning and car audio, are in good working order. The brakes should also be inspected.

50,000 miles: Replace worn parts such as brake pads; install a new fuel filter; drain and replace the automatic transmission fuel and filter. The exhaust system, muffler, catalytic converter and suspension components should also be inspected and worn parts should be swapped out. Used car? Be sure to ask about maintenance that’s been done, and head to the mechanic to take care of the rest, depending on the mileage.

60,000 miles: All of the belts, valves and hoses should be inspected for wear and replaced, if needed. It’s also the time to replace spark plugs and install new tires.

100,000 miles: Add high mileage coolants and spark plugs. Schedule a thorough inspection that includes assessments of the transmission, water pump, timing belt and other components that start to fail as the vehicle hits this “high mileage” milestone; replace all worn parts. 

125,000 miles: It’s time to change the O2 sensors, inspect the air-conditioning compressor and belt tensioner, installing new parts as needed. Replace coolant, fuel filter, brake fluid, shocks and struts; monitor the suspension and get a vehicle alignment.

180,000 miles: Inspect seals on axles and drive shafts and replace those that are leaking; clean the airflow sensor; inspect timing chain and engine and transmission mounts; and change power steering fluid.

250,000 miles: Clean the fuel injectors; inspect the chassis; and check the catalytic converter for damage to ensure the car isn’t releasing harmful pollutants.

Performing the vehicle maintenance recommended for each mileage milestone can help keep your car running well as the odometer keeps clicking higher. Whether you’re driving a family heirloom or a brand new coupe, Farm Bureau Financial Services can keep your car covered, always.