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#4609254 - 12/20/17 11:28 AM Holiday maintenance plans
mclasser Offline

Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2126
Loc: The Northeast
Christmas/New Years is almost here, which means much-needed downtime for folks. So after scarfing down that Christmas ham, what repairs/maintenance do you have on tap to complete? Feel free to post stuff you've done recently as well.

Since after Thanksgiving, I've mainly been busy with my Infiniti; cam/crank sensors, cleaning TB & MAF, OCI, tire rotation and the spark plugs & valve covers (had been putting them off for a long time). The rest of the cars are up on fluid changes and such, so unless something unforeseen pops up, I should be good until the summer.

Edited by mclasser (12/20/17 11:28 AM)
2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 1K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 50K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 210K
2002 Infiniti I35 -- 130K

#4609260 - 12/20/17 11:38 AM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
Miller88 Offline

Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 12584
Loc: Onondaga County
At some point I need to make my way to a friend's shop so I can mount up my "new" mix and match 33'' tires for the Jeep.

I'll probably look at the radiator hose on the F350, but won't change it.
18 Forester 2.5I 6M
00 Jeep Cherokee
01 Ford F-350 XL 4x4 5M

#4609268 - 12/20/17 11:48 AM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
exranger06 Offline

Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 3807
Loc: Guilford, CT
I still need to winterize my push mower, leaf blower, and weed whacker.
I need to replace an exhaust gasket on the Accord.
The CR-V is about due for an oil change. It also has a big exhaust leak, but I'll probably put that off till spring, as this is my winter car and I can't have it down for long. I know that I'm getting a new stereo for the CR-V for Christmas, so I'll be installing that.
The Ranger is due for a trans fluid change, and I'd like to change the spark plugs soon.
2006 Ford Ranger Sport
1992 Honda Accord EX
2004 Honda CR-V LX
1994 Ford Bronco XLT (project)
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV (wife's)

#4609269 - 12/20/17 11:51 AM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
dogememe Offline

Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 335
On my Suburban I have to repair something in the steering that's really loose (likely the pitman arm), mess with the rear brakes, change the oil, clean the interior, and take care of smog and registration. Oh, and put in the new Bluetooth stereo! When warm weather comes back I'll probably fix the AC and get new tires.

On my Escape I need to do new spark plugs, gonna do three new ignition coils in the back while I'm in there, and new intake gaskets since you have to take that off to get to it. Also gonna drain&fill the tranny with some Mercon V and clean the interior as well. Long-term it'll need new tires and I have to get the door painted.

Edited by dogememe (12/20/17 11:52 AM)
2010 Ford Escape FWD 2.5L ~64K: Castrol Magnatec 5W-20, ACDelco Filter.
1997 Chevy Suburban 4x4 5.7L ~213K: Chevron Supreme 5W-30, Microgard Filter.

#4609275 - 12/20/17 11:57 AM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
Propflux01 Offline

Registered: 09/26/02
Posts: 3355
Loc: Arkansastan
Two oil changes, and one car gets new motor mounts.
2014 Hyundai Elantra
2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

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#4609299 - 12/20/17 12:40 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
maverickfhs Offline

Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1655
Loc: VA
Planning to take care of state inspection and possibly all brakes and front rotors...
2006 Civic EX 198K/AT
2006 Acura TSX 172K/AT
2008 Civic LX 156K/AT

#4609369 - 12/20/17 02:05 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
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Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 10713
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Air and cabin filters for both cars as we are hopefully on the tail end of the Thomas Fire.
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1995 Ford Mustang GT

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#4609370 - 12/20/17 02:06 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
spackard Offline

Registered: 03/24/11
Posts: 1653
Loc: CA
Yardwork and plumbing. Did so much yard work my fingerprint no longer unlocks my computer.

#4609380 - 12/20/17 02:22 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20132
Loc: Upstate NY
I changed the oil yesterday on the diesel pickup. I had to lay in the snow. But it needed doing. Put in CJ-4 synthetic and Ford filter.

Seems I got the side of my head in some oil that spilled. Did not realize. Went to a store with a big black oil smear on part of my face.
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)

#4609385 - 12/20/17 02:29 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
jeepman3071 Offline

Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4048
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
3 vehicles in my family are coming up on oil changes soon:

Dad's 2013 Grand Cherokee 5.7L: 102k miles, PP 5w30

Sister's 2013 Jetta 2.5L: 54k miles, Castrol Edge 0w40

Other Sister's 2003 Acura 3.2TL: 133k miles, PP 5w30

I'll probably do just the Jetta and Dad's Jeep this weekend, since that sister lives out of state. The Acura has another 100 miles to go.
2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L (178k) - Pennzoil HM 5w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter

#4609387 - 12/20/17 02:31 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
fenixguy Offline

Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 306
Loc: NC
Not a dang thing. I get stuff done before it gets cold. Well, usually I don't, I just got lucky this year.
'16 Frontier SV 4x4-PP/Nissan OEM
'08 CR-V EX AWD-Valvoline Syn MaxLife/Fram TG
'01 Civic EX-Valvoline Syn MaxLife/Fram UG
'00 Civic LX-PYB/Fram UG

#4609400 - 12/20/17 02:54 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
Alex_V Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1067
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
Take a break from working on other people's busted, worn out junk and pull my '82 Mercedes in the shop. I've had it about 2 months but haven't done nearly as much of the PM as I wanted to: ATF/diff. oil change, bleed brakes and address the sticky rear caliper, troubleshoot the driveshaft vibration, adjust valves and check timing chain stretch, fix the sticky fuel gauge sending unit, start taking care of the few rust spots... the list goes on.

Oh, and do the oil change on my FIL's '03 Chevy 1500HD - he drives at least 30K a year and the schedule thus far in the two years he's owned it is twice a year - no more, no less.

Edited by Alex_V (12/20/17 02:58 PM)
I like Chevy and Valvoline.

'13 Cruze, 1.4T, 110K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 165K
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K

#4609411 - 12/20/17 03:04 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
Spector Offline

Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 3445
Loc: Chattanooga, TN
Son visiting so he will get his semi annual oil change/filter and engine, cabin filters with a basic check of the rest. Hmm, kind of dependent on me to to his basic maintenance twice a year. Obviously cannot go on forever.

#4609456 - 12/20/17 04:07 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: fenixguy]
JC1 Offline

Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 2707
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: fenixguy
Not a dang thing. I get stuff done before it gets cold. Well, usually I don't, I just got lucky this year.

+1, It's no fun doing that type of work in cold weather if you can avoid it.

After Xmas I will be installing an aftermarket stereo and backup camera in the caravan.
2015 Grand Caravan SXT Plus 5w-20 PPPP/Wix Filter
1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 PPPP/Mahle Filter

#4609486 - 12/20/17 05:03 PM Re: Holiday maintenance plans [Re: mclasser]
The Critic Offline

Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19559
Loc: CA
I have a Mazda 3 skyactiv that is coming in a bit early for its 75k service, which means LOF, air filter, cabin filter, plugs, tire rotation and inspection. I am going to recommend another trans service and brake fluid flush as well.
2011 Toyota Prius - 164k - ACDelco 0W-20
2007 Honda Accord 2.4 - 126K - Idemitsu 5W-20

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