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Old 10-14-2005, 06:44 PM   #1
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I just recently bought my bonne, and so far the tune up I've done goes as follows:
-oil change
-oil stabilizer
-fuel injector cleaner
-fuel stabilizer
-car wax
-interior cleaning
-all the needed mechanical mantainence
-(transmission oil change recent)
Are there any suggestions on anything else I should do to make sure my car is running in peak condition

thanks RIch
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Rich, Plugs & Wires replacements would definitely help.
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Fuel filter, PCV, Clean the TB and MAF.
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I just recently bought my bonne, and so far the tune up I've done goes as follows:
-oil change
-oil stabilizer
-fuel injector cleaner
-fuel stabilizer
-car wax
-interior cleaning
-all the needed mechanical mantainence
-(transmission oil change recent)
Are there any suggestions on anything else I should do to make sure my car is running in peak condition

thanks RIch


Are oil stabilizers and fuel stabilizers necessary? I change my oil 2500-4000K miles depending on ambient temp and driving patterns at the time.
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O2 senser

ECM coolant temp senser

Air filter
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Changed Spark plugs, wires, air filter, PCV recently, fuel filter recently, in the process of changing the O2 senser. Can you perform a visual inspection on the ECM senser to determine if it needs changing, and what is involved in the MAF senser cleaning
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Changed Spark plugs, wires, air filter, PCV recently, fuel filter recently, in the process of changing the O2 senser. Can you perform a visual inspection on the ECM senser to determine if it needs changing, and what is involved in the MAF senser cleaning
If the car isn't complaining about low coolant.. I wouldn't do it. I think you can pull it (lose coolant) and visually inspect it for crud build up.

MAF sensor you pull the sensor off, clean gently with q tip and alcohol remembering if you hurt one of those coils it'* about $100+
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i don't see many cars on this sight have the problems but change t-stat and other of recommoned things in the post. Then also keep eye on coolant and oil level a look for oil around intake. These car are know for intake leaks or actual the motor
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well I'm going to be doing an antifreeze change soon so I guess I could do the inspection then, and as for the oil leak, yeah I have that problem too. It'* only a minor leak, and I can last from oil change to oil change. THe guy who owned the car before me said it only started leaking after the valve cover gaskets were changed, if that is the real cause im not too sure.
Thanks for the tips and advice, very helpful
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My 1996 SSEi has nearly 68K miles on it. I'm about to take my car into Pep Boys with a punch list, and this forum has really helped construct the list.

What'* interesting is that most of these recommended "tune up" procedures are not recommended in the owner'* manual. I believe you guys, but I'm wondering why that is. For instance: why doesn't it recommend changing the O2 sensor and the PCV? On the other hand, it doesn't mention changing the battery either (more on that below).

Why is changing the spark plug wires a good idea? Also, how often do you recommend changing the spark plugs themselves (the owner'* manual implies every 100K miles). What is it about the wire that wears out?

What about changing/flushing the power steering fluid, or transmission fluid, or brake fluid, or transanxiel oil? Is that generally a waste of money?

Lastly, what do TB and MAF stand for?

Personally, the one thing I've learned to change "ahead of schedule" is the battery. In my experience, it'* the one component in any car that is most prone to catastrophic failure, and compared to most car parts, it'* just not that expensive. Because I've had batteries goes bad with less than 3 years on them (even with "warranties" of 5+ years) before, I try to get a new one about every 2+ years with as many CCA as I can find (at least 850). With the two year schedule, I've never had a battery go bad on me (or my wife, since I maintain her car too). FWIW.
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