ImStricken06 wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:18 pm
i've posted something to this, before- i just cant find it. so here goes: DO YOUR MAINTENANCE!
but you dont have to follow the schedule that the dealer gives you. You should take your driving style/location into account when reading the maintenance schedule within your owners manual. car manufacturers want to make their cars appear low maintenance (lower cost of ownership), but that increases the risk of parts failing. On the opposite end of the spectrum, dealers want to take your money, so they scare you into premature maintenance. here is a happy medium:
if you are an easy, normal driver, living in typical climates(arizona for example is not 'typical'.)
engine oil: conventional, every 5k
CV-Joint Axles: should be inspected every oil change. (you will notice grease stains on the insides of your rims the flat area's)
engine coolant: every 75k is fine
spark plugs: inspect at 50k, replace at 75k (yes, i know its early by about 25k = but its better to replace it early, than have it fail 200miles from home)
CVT transmission fluid: every 50k, a check should be done. replace as needed
transfercase: every 30k - 50k.
rear differential: every 30k - 50k.
brake fluid: replace every 15k - 30k (inspect the color every oil or air filter change)
engine air filter: inspect every oil change, and replace when dirty
cabin filter: replace at the beginning of every spring (to prevent allergies, and breathe easier)
wax the exterior: twice a year (pre-winter, and pre-summer)
tire pressure: inspect every month. its a serious safety concern
light bulbs: check them every 4 times a year with a friend to help
R134a(freon): you can check in the middle of the spring to see the level. if its cold, dont worry about it.
we dont have a servicable fuel filter.
fuel injectors: there is no way to clean them, unless you physically remove them, and send them to an ultra-sonic cleaning machine shop. regular fuel additives is 'ok', but not a true cleaning. and thats all the dealer does anyway when they say "fuel injector cleaning". its a total scam.