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#3267549 - 02/02/14 06:30 AM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: JHZR2]
MuzzleFlash40 Offline


Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 762
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Originally Posted By: MuzzleFlash40
We are heading to florida at the end of march for spring break. Before making the 2,200 mile round trip I am going to be doing some stuff to the 2004. We are heading to vegas for a friends wedding at the end of the year too and that will be a 5k round trip with all the extra stops. So for piece of mind...

Radiator Hoses
Thermostat
Water pump
Serp Belt
Idler pulley
Tensioner Pulley
Trans fluid/filter
Rear diff fluid (probably change out the pinion seal while I'm there)
Fuel filter
Spark plugs
Pcv valve
Air filter

How about you guys, any projects planned?


What makes you think that any of these need to be done?


Well it's due for a tune up & fluid change. But I'm assuming your talking about the water pump, etc. Well the idler pulley is making noises, and everything else is original. Since it is 10 years old and has 122k on the hoses, etc. It is all easy to get to so while I'm under there I'm going to change them out before driving across country twice. It is worth my piece of mind doing it. Plus the pinion seal is starting to form a slow leak. That will be the only minor pain in the rear doing it on the ground.


Edited by MuzzleFlash40 (02/02/14 06:41 AM)
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#3267563 - 02/02/14 06:55 AM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
tnt31 Offline


Registered: 10/09/05
Posts: 186
Loc: TN
2001 VW Beetle - Actually completed two items on it yesterday which was an oil/filter change and installing a new battery.


2000 Dodge Durango - Hopefully weather will be good enough next weekend that I will change the water pump, lower radiator hose, and by-pass hose. Bearing is shot in the WP. I have all the parts now just need time and cooperating weather.

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#3267630 - 02/02/14 08:10 AM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: Klutch9]
ChevyBadger Offline


Registered: 01/14/13
Posts: 528
Loc: Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: Klutch9
Originally Posted By: ChevyBadger
Just did a wheel bearing, while in there realized the front shocks are shot so I have to order a couple of those, for the truck. For the Impala I need to find some headlights that are brighter.


Put some HIR bulbs in that Impala! I'd be using them in our cars if either of them had 9005/9006 bulbs.
Thanks man I'll look into that, the ones that are in it are a joke. I got some Sylvanias that were supposed to be brighter but they are the same.
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#3267685 - 02/02/14 09:01 AM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 33635
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: MuzzleFlash40
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Originally Posted By: MuzzleFlash40
We are heading to florida at the end of march for spring break. Before making the 2,200 mile round trip I am going to be doing some stuff to the 2004. We are heading to vegas for a friends wedding at the end of the year too and that will be a 5k round trip with all the extra stops. So for piece of mind...

Radiator Hoses
Thermostat
Water pump
Serp Belt
Idler pulley
Tensioner Pulley
Trans fluid/filter
Rear diff fluid (probably change out the pinion seal while I'm there)
Fuel filter
Spark plugs
Pcv valve
Air filter

How about you guys, any projects planned?


What makes you think that any of these need to be done?


Well it's due for a tune up & fluid change. But I'm assuming your talking about the water pump, etc. Well the idler pulley is making noises, and everything else is original. Since it is 10 years old and has 122k on the hoses, etc. It is all easy to get to so while I'm under there I'm going to change them out before driving across country twice. It is worth my piece of mind doing it. Plus the pinion seal is starting to form a slow leak. That will be the only minor pain in the rear doing it on the ground.


Well given that, sounds like a good plan! I suppose the question would then become what about the alternator (or at least voltage regulator) and battery? Alignment? Brake fluid flush?

Good luck with the salt and weather complying!

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#3267734 - 02/02/14 09:35 AM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
hattaresguy Offline


Registered: 06/01/11
Posts: 5059
Loc: CT
Nothing. I want to see how far I can get into the year without spending a penny on a vehicle.


Edited by hattaresguy (02/02/14 09:35 AM)

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#3267987 - 02/02/14 01:24 PM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: JHZR2]
MuzzleFlash40 Offline


Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 762
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Originally Posted By: MuzzleFlash40
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Originally Posted By: MuzzleFlash40
We are heading to florida at the end of march for spring break. Before making the 2,200 mile round trip I am going to be doing some stuff to the 2004. We are heading to vegas for a friends wedding at the end of the year too and that will be a 5k round trip with all the extra stops. So for piece of mind...

Radiator Hoses
Thermostat
Water pump
Serp Belt
Idler pulley
Tensioner Pulley
Trans fluid/filter
Rear diff fluid (probably change out the pinion seal while I'm there)
Fuel filter
Spark plugs
Pcv valve
Air filter

How about you guys, any projects planned?


What makes you think that any of these need to be done?


Well it's due for a tune up & fluid change. But I'm assuming your talking about the water pump, etc. Well the idler pulley is making noises, and everything else is original. Since it is 10 years old and has 122k on the hoses, etc. It is all easy to get to so while I'm under there I'm going to change them out before driving across country twice. It is worth my piece of mind doing it. Plus the pinion seal is starting to form a slow leak. That will be the only minor pain in the rear doing it on the ground.


Well given that, sounds like a good plan! I suppose the question would then become what about the alternator (or at least voltage regulator) and battery? Alignment? Brake fluid flush?

Good luck with the salt and weather complying!


Using the in-laws heated garage! I do the turkey baster method of changing out some brake fluid every oil change. Plus the guy at discount tire gives us a free alignment check every few months during the rotations and balancing. The alternator is just as easy but not as cheap to replace, lol. The cheapest oem alternator is around $200. So I'll just keep my socket set with me on the trip. Easier and less messy to replace than a water pump on the go. I might be a bit over thinking things, but I have never driven this far before going out to vegas so I will probably check and change something else before we go too, lol
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#3268035 - 02/02/14 01:55 PM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
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Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 2567
Loc: Guilford, CT
I have a lot to do. I'm pretty sure the Accord needs at least one motor mount (whole car shakes while sitting at a stoplight), it's going to need rear brakes soon, needs a brake fluid flush, and needs an oil change.

The Explorer has a bad coolant leak. It's a bad lower intake manifold gasket. I'm trying to limp it along until the weather gets warmer.

The Ranger is almost due for a diff fluid change and a trans pan drop/refill. Will also install a drain plug while I'm at it.

The Bronco needs a full front suspension rebuild (ball joints, tie rods, shocks, etc), rear brakes, a steering box, and lots of other stuff. (It's a project car, after all)

I also need to do an oil change on the fiancee's Rogue.
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#3268048 - 02/02/14 02:02 PM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: exranger06]
MuzzleFlash40 Offline


Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 762
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: exranger06
I have a lot to do. I'm pretty sure the Accord needs at least one motor mount (whole car shakes while sitting at a stoplight), it's going to need rear brakes soon, needs a brake fluid flush, and needs an oil change.

The Explorer has a bad coolant leak. It's a bad lower intake manifold gasket. I'm trying to limp it along until the weather gets warmer.

The Ranger is almost due for a diff fluid change and a trans pan drop/refill. Will also install a drain plug while I'm at it.

The Bronco needs a full front suspension rebuild (ball joints, tie rods, shocks, etc), rear brakes, a steering box, and lots of other stuff. (It's a project car, after all)

I also need to do an oil change on the fiancee's Rogue.


Wow, you have fun with all of that!!
I love those broncos, I want one as a toy when we get a bigger place.
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#3268055 - 02/02/14 02:06 PM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
TrevorS Offline


Registered: 07/14/13
Posts: 1281
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: MuzzleFlash40
We are heading to florida at the end of march for spring break. Before making the 2,200 mile round trip I am going to be doing some stuff to the 2004. We are heading to vegas for a friends wedding at the end of the year too and that will be a 5k round trip with all the extra stops. So for piece of mind...

Radiator Hoses
Thermostat
Water pump
Serp Belt
Idler pulley
Tensioner Pulley
Trans fluid/filter
Rear diff fluid (probably change out the pinion seal while I'm there)
Fuel filter
Spark plugs
Pcv valve
Air filter

Using the in-laws heated garage! I do the turkey baster method of changing out some brake fluid every oil change. Plus the guy at discount tire gives us a free alignment check every few months during the rotations and balancing. The alternator is just as easy but not as cheap to replace, lol. The cheapest oem alternator is around $200. So I'll just keep my socket set with me on the trip. Easier and less messy to replace than a water pump on the go. I might be a bit over thinking things, but I have never driven this far before going out to vegas so I will probably check and change something else before we go too, lol


Here's an idea: see if you can get a good deal on a car rental.

1) You won't spend as much money on the maintenance you've planned
2) You get a more reliable vehicle so less worry
3) You could get a more comfortable up to date vehicle
4) You will probably get better mpg and save enough gas money to pay for the rental
5) You won't incur hidden costs on your vehicle eg tire and suspension wear
6) You don't have to increase the mileage allowance on your insurance

If you're going to be putting on a lot of miles in a short amount of time, vehicle rentals with unlimited miles can pay off handsomely.

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#3270017 - 02/04/14 09:58 AM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
ddombrowski Offline


Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 100
Loc: FL
I'm picking up a 99 Ford Expedition with 200k miles that has sat untouched for a year and has no battery, so yeah, I have a few things planned.

I'll probably change the oil in it. Then maybe wash it. I like to overmaintain.
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#3270022 - 02/04/14 10:00 AM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: TrevorS]
ddombrowski Offline


Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 100
Loc: FL
Originally Posted By: TrevorS


Here's an idea: see if you can get a good deal on a car rental.

1) You won't spend as much money on the maintenance you've planned
2) You get a more reliable vehicle so less worry
3) You could get a more comfortable up to date vehicle
4) You will probably get better mpg and save enough gas money to pay for the rental
5) You won't incur hidden costs on your vehicle eg tire and suspension wear
6) You don't have to increase the mileage allowance on your insurance

If you're going to be putting on a lot of miles in a short amount of time, vehicle rentals with unlimited miles can pay off handsomely.


To be fair wouldn't you have to increase the mileage allowance on your insurance anyway if you're using your own car insurance with the rental? If you use the rental places insurance its far more expensive.

I agree with all of your other points except for this one.
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#3270049 - 02/04/14 10:48 AM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
supton Online   content


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 4671
Loc: NH
Truck: I should change the oil in the diff's. I'm a bit worried, there has been a noise--but it could be the tires. Waiting for summer.

VW: I should change the coolant hoses, one feels a bit soft. Big long laundry list of stuff I should do, if I plan to keep it. I might have a long trip with it this spring though; if I take it then I ought to fix at least the circumspect hose.

Camry: tires at some point.

All: reapply oil coating at some point in the summer.
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#3270556 - 02/04/14 06:13 PM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
Dave Sherman Offline


Registered: 01/03/06
Posts: 686
Loc: Ohio
The CR-V just rolled over 100,000. Things that are due (or I want to do):

ATF change
Oil and filter change (done)
Clean VTEC screens
Replace serpentine belt
Replace spark plugs
Adjust valves
Change coolant
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#3270597 - 02/04/14 06:40 PM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
MCompact Offline


Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 1690
Loc: KY
Install front anti-roll bar bushings and a JBR adj. rear bar on the Mazda
Annual track prep/inspection for the ti
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#3270638 - 02/04/14 07:19 PM Re: What maintenance/ repairs do you have planned? [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 6770
Loc: Florida
At the next engine oil change, I will drain the conventional oil from the rear differential and put in RP synthetic. I got a good deal at a garage sale.

I changed the oil in the transfer case at the previous oil change.

Cars that belong to friends and family have a longer list:
2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser:
Lower control arms
Tie Rod ends
Front wheel bearings
rear shocks
It needs a timing belt replacement, but I am not doing that myself.

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Front struts
Rear shocks
rear differential pinion seal
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