60K Mile Car Maintenance Tips

Technician checking under a vehicle's hood

Once your vehicle hits the 60,000-mile mark, it’s been kicking it for a while. Although, if you take proper care of it, it has lots of life left to live. If you want to ensure your ride drives for another 60,000 miles, check out these precautionary vehicle maintenance tips.

Battle With the Battery

While most batteries will last you four to five years, long periods without use, climate changes, and age will be impactful factors. If you don’t remember the last time you had your vehicle serviced, head on over to Palestine Toyota to have it tested, which will determine how well the charge is holding up. Remember, batteries are only meant to last a certain about of years, not by mileage, so you are bound to need a new one at some point as a vehicle owner.

Double Check the Brakes

If you’ve been hearing a screeching sound from your brakes, don’t go a mile further without having them checked. While a good set of brake pads can last up to 50,000 miles, it depends on your driving habits as well.

Keep it Cool

Buying a new engine can hurt your wallet, and this typically happens when the engine burns out. You might ask, how can I avoid that from happening to my vehicle? The answer is coolant. Ask a technician to not only replace your coolant but also flush out the cooling system to ensure your engine stays at the proper temperature.

Transmission and Brake Fluid

Time to fill up! Both the transmission and brake fluid need a 60,000-mile check-up. Your transmission needs to correct the amount of fluid to shift properly, as well as prevent the possibility of a burnt-up, expensive part. Therefore, transmission fluid should be pink in color, as well as give off a “sweet” aroma. If burnt, transmission fluid will be red in color and smell burnt. Also, if you see your “check engine” light pop on, that’s an indication you need fresh transmission fluid.

When it comes to brake fluid, this usually needs to be replaced anywhere from 20,000 to 45,000 miles. When this fluid is exposed to water, this will make your brakes “squishy,” which means they won’t react as fast as needed. Fresh brake fluid will get you back on track!

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Palestine Toyota

In need of some vehicle maintenance? Head on over to Palestine Toyota in Palestine, Texas to our service department. We will ensure your vehicle is safe for the road. Although, if you are ready for a new set of wheels, we have a fantastic selection of new and pre-owned vehicles!

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