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Old 02-13-2005, 02:24 AM   #1
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Its about time i get my car running properly. i just purchased an intake tube off ebay and will be ordering the K&N RX-4750 next week. I do need help now though. Im gonna start a list and if there is anything at all you think i should add to it or any advice you want to pass on please chime in, i want to do this right!

oil change, a k&n oil filter, whats the best type of oil for my engine 120000 miles on it.

cold air intake, jsut ordered a pipe and the filter will be next week. what type of coupler should i use, ive seen alot of debate over this in the other thread
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thats the pipe i bought.

new and better brakes and calipers. my pads are going and my calipers are warped, any inexpensive aftermarkets that i should replace them with?

180 thermostat, i dont even know anything about this, but i would like to do it. any info on this at all including estimated price would be very helpful.

spark plugs and wires, which ones are best for my engine? also should i change anything else with them? for example, the three black things they all go into... (numbered 1-6)

should i flush my tranny? anything like this? again, if you feel i should add anything at all to this list tell me. i want my car back in the good condition it was when i bought it!

i have the 97 series 2 non supercharged engine

thank you all!

EDIT: also, i am moving quite far away from my job, and if anyone has any advice for mods to make the car more gas efficient(sp?) please chime in also
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oil change, a k&n oil filter, whats the best type of oil for my engine 120000 miles on it.
What kind of oil have you been using? If you've been using dino juice stick with that.

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new and better brakes and calipers. my pads are going and my calipers are warped, any inexpensive aftermarkets that i should replace them with?
Just go to Napa and ask them for the very best they have, get ceramic pads. Rotors are fairly cheap, but you may not need new ones. Check your old ones to see how badly worn they are, you may just need to get them turned. New rotors should run about 30$ a piece, ceramic pads about 70$ a pair.
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180 thermostat, i dont even know anything about this, but i would like to do it. any info on this at all including estimated price would be very helpful.
Again Napa(or another auto store) and ask for a 180 tstat for your car, don't listen any BS they might try to give you about mileage. These are very cheap, I got mine for about 4$ I think.

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spark plugs and wires, which ones are best for my engine? also should i change anything else with them? for example, the three black things they all go into... (numbered 1-6)
Depending on what you mods are you may want to go with a step colder plug(i.e. NGK TR-55), otherwise stock plugs and wires perform just fine. I'd say about 25-30$ for new plugs and wires. Those black things are your Coil Packs, don't change them unless they're bad(I doubt they are otherwise you would be having some problems.
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should i flush my tranny? anything like this? again, if you feel i should add anything at all to this list tell me. i want my car back in the good condition it was when i bought it!
Do you know when the last time it was flushed? If it hasnt been done in a long time just get the fluid changed. But I think you should be fine with a flush.
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oil change, a k&n oil filter, whats the best type of oil for my engine 120000 miles on it.
What kind of oil have you been using? If you've been using dino juice stick with that.

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new and better brakes and calipers. my pads are going and my calipers are warped, any inexpensive aftermarkets that i should replace them with?
Just go to Napa and ask them for the very best they have, get ceramic pads. Rotors are fairly cheap, but you may not need new ones. Check your old ones to see how badly worn they are, you may just need to get them turned. New rotors should run about 30$ a piece, ceramic pads about 70$ a pair.
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180 thermostat, i dont even know anything about this, but i would like to do it. any info on this at all including estimated price would be very helpful.
Again Napa(or another auto store) and ask for a 180 tstat for your car, don't listen any BS they might try to give you about mileage. These are very cheap, I got mine for about 4$ I think.

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spark plugs and wires, which ones are best for my engine? also should i change anything else with them? for example, the three black things they all go into... (numbered 1-6)
Depending on what you mods are you may want to go with a step colder plug(i.e. NGK TR-55), otherwise stock plugs and wires perform just fine. I'd say about 25-30$ for new plugs and wires. Those black things are your Coil Packs, don't change them unless they're bad(I doubt they are otherwise you would be having some problems.
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should i flush my tranny? anything like this? again, if you feel i should add anything at all to this list tell me. i want my car back in the good condition it was when i bought it!
Do you know when the last time it was flushed? If it hasnt been done in a long time just get the fluid changed. But I think you should be fine with a flush.

this has been another napa promotion from smellbird
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lol sorry i meant rotors.

what about fuel filter, anything like that. and how do you put in the 180 Tstat?

as far as oil i havent been sticking with anything in particualar, mostly whats on sale. but liek i said i want to do it right so please advise somthing.

not sure about the last time it was flushed, ill check with previous owner. its over a year i know that.

as far as mods regarding plugs and wires, the only mods i have are what you see here!

so should i stay stock? id prefer something, like i said, that will improve my car.
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as far as oil i havent been sticking with anything in particualar, mostly whats on sale. but liek i said i want to do it right so please advise somthing.
Oil is oil unless you start getting into synthetics. I advise sticking to one brand and type of oil. So whatever you buy next try to stick with that.

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not sure about the last time it was flushed, ill check with previous owner. its over a year i know that.
It should be fine to get a flush, but if it'* NEVER been changed probably just get it changed out.
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as far as mods regarding plugs and wires, the only mods i have are what you see here! so should i stay stock? id prefer something, like i said, that will improve my car.
Stock form will perform fine, but if you really want something fancier there'* a lot of good products out there(NGK, Autolite, Denso <spendy, Talyor, Belden, MSD). I don't really think they will do much to improve your car as they are still regular maintainence items.
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ok, ill stick with stock plugs.

i put castrol syntec 10w-30 in last time. ive been using k&n oil filters. should i jsut stick with that?

the fuel filter hasnt been chaged in 3 years i imagine its time, how do i go about changing that?
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i put castrol syntec 10w-30 in last time. ive been using k&n oil filters. should i jsut stick with that?
That is just dandy.
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the fuel filter hasnt been chaged in 3 years i imagine its time, how do i go about changing that?
It'* a lot to type out, get yourself a Chiltons. They describe it well and have a few pics to help.
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Get an 02 Sensor and a PCV valve, while you're at it. A nice cleaning of the throttle body might do you right too. What'* your belt like?

I got the Belden Wires @ autozone, lifetime warranty, just under $30 I believe. Funny thing is, they're exactly like the old $50 taylors I have, but I get free replacements now

Other then that, you and Seth got a good deal going here.
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It'* a lot to type out, get yourself a Chiltons. They describe it well and have a few pics to help.
that one of those books that explain alot about our cars? i cant find one! anywhere, ive looked all over. cant find one for our car!

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Get an 02 Sensor and a PCV valve, while you're at it. A nice cleaning of the throttle body might do you right too. What'* your belt like?
how much for an o2 sensor? and whats the pcv for and how much for that? what should i use to clean it? and whats the best way to go about it? as far as the belt, not really sure, dont think i can replace that one myself though...
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There'* a Techinfo article that tells the O2 part number. Then head over to www.gmpartsdirect.com and type in the part number. Whatever you do, get an AC Delco replacement. Avoid the Bosch O2 sensors.

As far as the PCV questions go, you can probably do a search of this site and find an article about its replacement. Otherwise, find yourself a Chiltons! They have them at most auto parts stores (I got mine at an O'Reilly Auto Parts), and they're numbered according to the different vehicles they reference. The one you're looking for is #28200. If all else fails, I'm sure you can order one off the web somewhere. Keep the questions coming!
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