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The short answer is: maybe. Most shops will offer some sort of inspection service, recommending items of concern or things that should be fixed right now. This is usually a for-pay diagnostic process. Depending on the shop, they may have a fixed price that covers the diagnostics and some low-cost maintenance items. For example, if you don't know when the ...


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I don't know that car specifically, but in general, Holdens have their timing belt (and waterpump) replaced every 75000km to 120000km. But open your car's service booklet. It should tell you the service schedules and what you need to do at each interval. Usually all of them will suggest at least inspecting belts for wear. Keep in mind that a broken timing ...


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tl;dr: The stabilizer works with the swaybar to reduce body roll in turns. The stabilizer in the picture is missing a nut on the top bolt. The picture in the question clearly illustrates the function of the stabilizer (if you know what it's connected to) and what some of the failure modes might be. Here is a picture of some of the critical components ...


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Yes - go for a full service - a car with an unknown history should be serviced to a: gain a little insight into the state of the engine and car and b: give you (the new owner) a bit of reassurance that the car wont break due to a small issue and that it will function as it should. Some garages do provide inspection services but I would suggest that given ...


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It depends one several factors--type of engine, how far you ride, the climate, how aggressively you ride, type/quality of gas/oil you use, and maintenance history (and other things, I'm not thinking of). For example, I live in a 4-season climate, and put my bike into storage for about half the year. So, in March (optimistic) I uncover my bike, put air in ...


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The Lojack is what is called the "aftermarket" in the automotive sales world. This is just one way a dealership will try to rip you off when purchasing a new (or used, for that matter) vehicle. When I say "rip you off," I'm not saying that the product doesn't work as advertised, as I'm sure it does. What I'm saying is, they mark up the price on such items to ...


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LoJack can only be installed by authorized installers. The price of installation is fairly consistent. OnStar and other similar services offer a similar feature set, but are not necessarily as secure. OnStar now offers an aftermarket upfit system that can be installed into any car or truck (not available for motorcycles/scooters, while LoJack is). A ...


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If in doubt, full service. I was in the same position as you, Donna, very recently. There was a full service history, but it wasn't itemised - so I had no idea what was actually done apart from giving an educated guess based on bills. In the end, I went for a full service - oil, oil filter, air filter, sparks, gearbox oil, brake fluid, pads and rotors (they ...


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Sounds perfect. I would add an inspection of your tires every 6 months. You don't have to replace them every 6 months. It's just that if they're older than 3 years and they're of the "budget" variety, they may get brittle. Just have a quick look for cracks on the sidewall and feel for flat spots or bulges. Something many people overlook is the effect of the ...


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Since I don't know exactly where this piece goes in the front end of your car, I will give you some generalities of why this piece is built as it is and why it probably needed to be changed. The front end of your car has a lot of things going on. Way back when, vehicle front suspensions were setup with a straight axle, somewhat like what rear-ends are setup ...



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