Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 11:31 pm Post subject: 100K Miles, what maintenance should I do?
New to the forums here. Bought my 2003 Impala LS in November 09' with 80,000 Miles on it. I must say, I've fallen in love. I have just reached 100,000 (actually at 105K Now) and wondering what type of maintenance I should do. I use Synthetic oil and to be on the safe side, change it every 5K. I have done the spark plugs and wires and rotated the tires recently.
Swapped Alternator and Serpentine belt recently after alternator failed. Also, did both rear Struts this past December. I was considering flushing the tranny but have heard from both sides to do it or not. The tranny shifts good as new but the fluid is a little bit dark red. As far as noises, or quirks, I don't notice any. If you guys can think of anything that fail on the car more often than not, let me know, I plan on keeping her for a while so I'd like to avoid a future breakdown.
I did a tranny flush at 136,XXX...... Granted my Trans only has around 30,XXX on it... It was replaced right around the mileage your at..... If you never had a problem ever with not having any slips in gear or too soft or too rough of shifting gears and it downshifts good then I would say go for a flush. As fixing the car... If nothing is wrong you dont have anything to fix... Just have about 1500 cash on hand as a saftey net.... Just in case. One day the car might be running fine and the next boom you'll need a UIM and LIM gaskets.... Just using as a reference is all.
One day the car might be running fine and the next boom you'll need a UIM and LIM gaskets.... Just using as a reference is all.
While I don't agree with Pimpala's assessment of the trans flush ( I would never do a true flush on these cars) I can agree with having a stash of cash on hand. I had trip to the dealer that involved LIM gasket repair, UIM replacement, tranny cooler lines, power steering lines and thermostat replacement at once to the tune of 1800 bucks.
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
Just do a trans pan drop, replace the filter, then refill. Do NOT do a pressurized "flush". There are ways to flush the transmission "naturally" using the transmission's own pump using the cooler lines and buckets, but its probably more trouble than really worth it.
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Thanks for the tranny advice. The guy who had it before me never did the tranny apparently. I got in contact with him and ironically, he said when he had the car, Chevy Replaced the Alternator (Which crapped out) the Rear Struts (Which made a noise and when I took one off it just fell back into the tube) and the heater blower motor (which whines when its on) Aftermarket parts must just suck huh?
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