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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:14 pm    Post subject:  How to make my car last Reply with quote

So now that I am creeping up on 110k miles, what should I be replacing to prolong the life of my car. Things I have done:

New struts
Brakes
Thermostat
Tune up at like 75k AC Delco Plugs, Wires, PCV.
New Battery
Transmission Filter and fluid Changed at about 80k miles
That's all I can think of.

When should these things be replaced.
Serpentine Belt
Alternator
Water Pump
MAF should I do anything to it?
TPS
other various sensors?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:37 pm    Post subject:  Re: How to make my car last Reply with quote

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Serpentine Belt
Alternator
Water Pump
MAF should I do anything to it?
TPS
other various sensors?


Belt- I do mine every 50k or so
Alternator- when it dies
Water pump- when it shows signs of dying
MAF- clean it if you want to, but don't worry about it
TPS and other sensors- worry about them when they go

IMO it's more important to keep up on basic maintenance that it is to replace sensors before they fail.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject:  Re: How to make my car last Reply with quote

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impala2k wrote:

Serpentine Belt
Alternator
Water Pump
MAF should I do anything to it?
TPS
other various sensors?


Belt- I do mine every 50k or so
Alternator- when it dies
Water pump- when it shows signs of dying
MAF- clean it if you want to, but don't worry about it
TPS and other sensors- worry about them when they go

IMO it's more important to keep up on basic maintenance that it is to replace sensors before they fail.


Silly question, but I feel that's okay since I'm a n00b here lol. What are the signs of the water pump dying?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Don't feel bad about asking questions, that's why the forum is here. Sure fire signs of a bad water pump are the water pump shooting coolant all over your engine, bad noises coming from the pump, the car running hot (although that can be plenty of other things), play in the pulley, etc.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Flush (not just bleed) brakes every 2 years
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Flush (not just bleed) brakes every 2 years


I agree. Your brakes can get a little mushy after a while with old black fluid in it.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Every 2 years might be a bit overkill, but yes I agree it should be flushed once in a while.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Every 2 years might be a bit overkill, but yes I agree it should be flushed once in a while.


Some of us are perfectionists when it come to our cars. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

TommySS wrote:
Flush (not just bleed) brakes every 2 years


This is one thing I have not done on any of the cars I have owned. Is it a hard thing to do? Hell I don't even know how much brake fluid a system holds....

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It's pretty simple to do if you have ever bleed brakes, but it can be messy as hell. When I did it I ended up using 2 large bottles of fluid to get all the old crap out and new stuff in. You could probably get away with less, but I didn't want to worry about it.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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It's pretty simple to do if you have ever bleed brakes, but it can be messy as hell. When I did it I ended up using 2 large bottles of fluid to get all the old crap out and new stuff in. You could probably get away with less, but I didn't want to worry about it.


I pretty much did the same. I bought clear nylon tubing from Home Depot and used a clear glass cup. I did this for a four wheels.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

IffyG wrote:
It's pretty simple to do if you have ever bleed brakes, but it can be messy as hell. When I did it I ended up using 2 large bottles of fluid to get all the old crap out and new stuff in. You could probably get away with less, but I didn't want to worry about it.


How long does the process take? 30min, an hour, two hours? It may be something I do very soon since I don't think it has been done ever on this car. So bleed the brake system one wheel at a time, then I am guessing pump the brakes to get remaining fluid out. then fill the resovoir and pump brakes a few times then bleed at each wheel till pure fluid comes out? lol I made that up in my head just now

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

impala2k wrote:
IffyG wrote:
It's pretty simple to do if you have ever bleed brakes, but it can be messy as hell. When I did it I ended up using 2 large bottles of fluid to get all the old crap out and new stuff in. You could probably get away with less, but I didn't want to worry about it.


How long does the process take? 30min, an hour, two hours? It may be something I do very soon since I don't think it has been done ever on this car. So bleed the brake system one wheel at a time, then I am guessing pump the brakes to get remaining fluid out. then fill the resovoir and pump brakes a few times then bleed at each wheel till pure fluid comes out? lol I made that up in my head just now


Its incredibly easy. I use a funnel w a tube on it. Tube goes over bleeder screw and goes into a pan. No mess. W two people its prov a 30 min job

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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No mess.


As long as you don't knock the tube off the bleeder... I had fluid everywhere because of a boneheaded move on my part.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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00impala123 wrote:
No mess.


As long as you don't knock the tube off the bleeder... I had fluid everywhere because of a boneheaded move on my part.


Haha yeah, I made sure to hold that sucker on there pretty good

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