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Old 04-24-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Just turned 50k..what needs replacing?

I recently did:
Both front lower control arms
Both front wheel bearings
4 new tires
Alignment
Driver'* side CV shaft


I was also thinking I should do:
Spark plugs (currently original plugs) Any suggestions?
Brake pads/rotors (still original ones) Any suggestions?
Belts? (Mine are original)

What do you think, did I miss anything?
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Plugs, I use Autolite copper

Rotors I use R1concepts drilled and slotted with ceramic pads, 4 years now and still a lot of pad left.

Belts, gatorbacks are OK, better then OEM, but I like gates belts from NAPA

Check over all your fluids, brake, power steering, trans, engine. Change the trans filter if you have not had it done yet.
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Oops, yeah, I forgot to add that I just did the transmission fluid and filter too.

So when it comes to plugs, there is no advantage to platinum/double platinum or any of that crap?
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If your engine is supercharged, you don't want plugs like that in the engine. My opinion is the plugs are over priced and only worth while when plugs are a major pain to change.
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unfortunately I am not familiar with the short star, but I really don't know if its necessary to change the plugs just yet. most GM vehicles have 100K plugs and they are good realistically until 80-90K. I would suggest running a good-quality fuel system cleaner like Chevron Techron Fuel System Cleaner through the car and change the fuel filter.

Also, changing the air filter may not be a bad idea. Your brakes should be inspected for wear but if they aren't worn out there is no purpose in replacing them.

Hope this helps!
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yep my gm plugs always last to about 100k too. but your car is getting up there i would take the wires off the coil and plug and check for corrosion and put some more dielectric grease in there. i would probably change the belt too just because its so important and hard to see wear
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