I have been doing some preventitive (and needed) maintenance on my car. New struts at 60K, just had the tranny flushed. Even though I'm sure it'* fine at 63K, it'* good to have it done (though it was more expensive than I thought it would be). I get the oil changed every 2500 miles or so. ..etc
The only thing I would do now, if it wasn't for the $$$, is to change the intake gaskets. I know this engine is prone to problems with them, and I definitely do not want any problems. I also notice that towards the back of the engine especially near the alternator side, and also under the TB, it is very dirty and oily. I get worried that there'* a leak somewhere. Should I just get it over with soon? My coolant level used to go down every few weeks and I wondered where it was going, lately it seems to be ok...knock on wood. Would I be looking at paying $800 for this..or should I try to tackle it myself with a whole day in spring to work on it. Take into account I've never worked on an engine before, with the exception of changing intakes, spark plugs, and wires, and cleaning/painting
Give me some advice, thanks!