Questions tagged [scheduled-maintenance]

About recommend scheduled maintenance, e.g. oil change.

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Is tire rotation important?

I just bought new tires for my car and included was free tire rotation every 7,500 miles for the life of the tires. I have heard many things about tire rotation, including: it's a worthless practice,...
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How do I know when to change my spark plug

I ride a Piaggio scooter with a single cylinder engine. Recently I broke down and the engine wouldn't restart. It turned out the spark plug was stuffed. How can I ensure that doesn't happen again?
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Should I perform my first oil change at 1000 miles, or when the manual says?

I've read in various places that you should perform your first oil change on a new car at 1,000 miles or so. But the exact miles are available in the owner's manual. The owner's manual only states to ...
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Any truth to the “myth” about changing transmission fluid in older vehicles?

I have had people give me anecdotal stories (friend of a friend type thing) about changing the transmission fluid in vehicles with 150,000+ miles, especially those that haven't had regular ...
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How do I tell if I screwed up my oil change?

I just changed my oil in my 2500 HD Silverado for the first time by myself. I've changed my oil in a 2004 Toyota Camry a handful of times, but I always had a friend supervise me. I need to know common ...
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Why is the ATF Level checked with the engine running?

I didn't realize until recently that the ATF level is supposed to be checked while the engine is running, unlike the engine oil level which you're supposed to check at least five minutes after ...
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What is the point of changing coolant if it gets constantly replaced?

I drive a 2016 Scion FRS, and based on the maintenance schedule of the coolant: 1st replacement interval is 11 years/137,500 miles (220,000 km). 2nd replacement interval is 6 years/ 75,000 miles (...
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How to know if timing belt failure will result in immediate engine damage?

I own two cars: a 2003 Acura TL and a 2005 Volvo S60. I've been told that depending on what car you drive, a failed timing belt can result in immediate engine damage. I would like to know (not just ...
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Is the 16,000 km oil change interval for the 2016 Corolla correct?

I recently bought a 2016 Toyota Corolla and the service schedule the dealer has provided has the first oil change at 16,000 km. Given that I did oil changes on my previous vehicle at 5,000 km, I find ...
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Is 30k mile maintenance really required?

Is 30k mile maintenance really required? I have a subaru wrx '09 and the time has come for the check. I called the dealer after going through the manual. They quoted me 500+ for the check which ...
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Oil change checklist

I prefer to do my own regular oil changes, and only take my car to the mechanic/dealer for significant servicing milestones (e.g. 30/60/90k). Each time I change the oil, I can't help but feel that I'...
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How important it is to drain all the oil when doing an oil change?

Jettas have a fairing under the engine that makes it hard (impossible) to get to the drain plug without quite a bit of work under the car, so years ago I got an oil extractor so that I could pull the ...
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What happens if I use the wrong weight of oil?

Inspired by this question about how newer cars tend to specify lower oil weights, what would happen if you took one of those cars to an oil-change place, and instead of checking to see what weight of ...
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On a non-interference engine, do you have to replace the timing belt?

Lets say that I happen to know for a fact that my car has a non-interference type engine, and also has a timing belt. Also, I'm broke. Is there any reason to replace the timing belt as a maintenance ...
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Mayonnaise on tip of dipstick - new car, low miles, well maintained. What to do?

This question is about a 2014 Renault engine fitted in our family car, we've owned it since new and I've done all the maintenance to the book. We chose the petrol engine over the diesel because we ...
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Is there any way to determine when a water pump will fail?

Is there any way to determine whether a water pump needs to be replaced before it fails completely? I realize that if it dies, then I'm not going to get far. Am I better off waiting until it does than ...
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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What parts can be recycled when doing regular maintenance?

I recently changed my wiper blades... are these just garbage or would an Autozone or perhaps some mechanics recycle parts like this? What other regularly-replaced parts can be recycled? EDIT: Other ...
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How to know whether a Lexus rx450h qualifies for California Emissions standards?

I'm looking at a 2012 Lexus rx450h but will be moving to one of the states (Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, ...
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Prius - Maintenance costs over lifetime [0k - 200k]

I am considering a hyprid, particularly Prius. I wanted to know what sort of maintenance costs are associated with a hybrid (or Prius) - as compared to a gasoline equivalent. Battery life (when does ...
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Synthetic Oil and oil change frequency

My car (a 2008 Scion tC) says to have its oil changed every 5K miles or 5 months. I just took a new job and commute into the city by bus so I'm driving a whole lot less. I was told that if I got full ...
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How do maintenance costs compare between gas and diesel engines?

Our landscaping company is going to purchase a new medium duty truck. We have diesels and had just defaulted into looking for another diesel powered truck. However the mechanic we use (and trust) said ...
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How can I remember when to service my vehicle?

Servicing intervals are usually specified using kilometrage, years, or a combination of both. For example my motorbike has servicing intervals every 1000/12000/24000/36000/48000/etc. months xor 6/12/...
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What checks or service should be performed before a long trip?

Before going on a long trip, say 10 hours a day, times 2 days at highway speeds, what checks or services should I have performed? This car is a 2007 Lexus ES350, but I'm looking for an answer that ...
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Are these repairs necessary, and can I do them myself?

I'm wondering if the maintenance my dealer recently suggested is necessary, and if so, if it's worth it for me (a person who has technical skill but is inexperienced with auto) to undertake on my own ...
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Remove stuck crankshaft bolt on 2003 Acura TL for timing belt change?

A friend is helping me change the timing belt on my 2003 Acura TL 3.2. Yes, I paid for the beer!!! We've successfully removed the upper timing belt covers, drive belt, and serpentine belt. We're ...
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How to remove dipstick tube from 2003 Acura TL?

In the course of changing the timing belt in my 2003 Acura TL, my Hayne's manual says to remove the dipstick tube. The manual says that this is accomplished by removing one bolt. I removed the bolt, ...
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2005 Honda civic VP 30,000 mile service

This is my first car and i recently brought when the mileage was 25,000 on it. Now it is 30,000 and i need to get it serviced. I called Honda showroom and couple of other places and they are charging ...
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Rotating tires based on time or miles?

Question: I am confused about the tire rotation schedule for modern cars. Everywhere I have looked recommends a tire rotation every 3000 to 5000 miles or 6 months. I understand why a tire needs to ...
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2006 Civic: What maintenance is due next?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic LX 4-door sedan. Rather than a fixed maintenance schedule, this car has a "maintenance minder" display on the dash which counts down the remaining "oil life" (based, I ...
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How often should spark plug wires be replaced?

I last replaced them with the plugs about 4 years/60-70k miles ago. I bought platinum plugs I if I remember correctly, so I still got some life on those. The car (2001 Buick Regal) is still in good ...
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DIY Throttle Body Cleaning - Worthwhile?

Although I'm fairly familiar with the question of using fuel injector cleaning solutions, and using Seafoam for intake/injector cleanings, recently I've been looking into cleaning my throttle body ...
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Can I use 15w-40 Shell Rotella diesel engine oil instead of 15w-30 for my 4G63 Mitsubishi gasoline engine?

I am planning to make a partial overhaul of my 4G63 Mitsubishi L3 van gasoline engine. Since it is an old model engine , i want to replace it with Shell Rotella 15w-40 diesel engine oil.
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Why is the oil light on in my new Honda Pilot after 4000 miles?

I have a new Honda Pilot and have put 4,000 miles on it. The oil change light went on and says 30%. Is this normal? Also the oil seems dark.
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What parts are usually changed when the timing belt is replaced?

When changing a timing belt, what other parts are: Always changed with it ( as in they always have to be replaced ) ? Often, but not always changed with it ( depending on how worn they are )? For ...
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Power Steering Service

VW seems to suggest that the synthetic mineral oil type (i.e., Pentosin CHF-11S or CHF-202) power steering fluid they use in the Mk4 Jetta (and maybe other cars, but those are the ones I know about) ...
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What kind of service to get done on a car in its 4th year but having only 10k miles?

My car (2012 VW Passat SE) is in its 4th year but only has 10k miles on it. I am wondering if I need to get the 40k/4year service done on the car which is going to cost $700 (I think it includes a ...
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2003 Honda Accord Timing Belt Package replacement - necessary to replace all things related to timing belt?

I brought my car in because the starter died. During the multipoint check, they also discovered that the timing belt and the 'package' (all other components related to it) has not been changed since ...
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oil change indicator on after oil change 2004 colorado

2004 Chevrolet Colorado 5cyl. 4x4 Hello. I just changed my oil after my "change oil" indicator came on. New filter, new oil However my "change oil" indicator is still showing. Do I need to clear ...
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Motorcycle Maintenance Tasks - Please Provide a List of Actions

It's a BigBoy DRT-250, but I doubt that will be known outside of SA. I had it serviced at 500km, then 3000km, and 6000km, according to warranty. Then it was highlighted to me that the warranty ...
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Is every BMW service, always needed?

Is every BMW service, always needed? I have a BMW 325i 2004. It's supposed to be due for a service. The advisor says it includes the regular oil change, check fluids and top off fluids as well as ...
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30K recommended service for honda civic 2013

I have Honda Civic 2013 and have 37K miles on odometer. Haven't done 30K recommended service but i scheduled appointment with dealership. The detail service list is 4 Wheel Brake Service Air Filter ...
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2010 Chevy HHR jerking

Hi I just got a 2010 HHR. I drove it for about 3-4 months and the check engine light came on so I figured that it needed an oil change? It ended up turning the light off for about 3 days, then it came ...
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Any benefit in doing regular maintenance in authorized Infiniti dealer?

I've been searching for an older Infiniti G35/G37 ('07-'09), and most of the time, besides mileage and owners, I ask if the car maintenance has been done in an authorized Infiniti dealer. So I've ...
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Why is a motorcycle's service interval more frequent than a car?

Why is a motorcycle's (150 cc or below) service interval recommended once every 4000 kms or 4 months where as a car's is once a year or 10,000 km. Isn't a car with more power in need of more frequent ...
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How to reset the service reminder on a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor?

I have been looking for a few days now on how to reset the service reminder that keeps showing every time I start the car. I know the car repair shop can do this, but I would like to know how to do it ...
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How to reset the “Maint Reqd” light in a 2015 Toyota Rav4?

I just changed the oil on my girlfriend's 2015 Toyota Rav4 LE. The "maintenance required" light is lit up on the dash. It turns on 5000 miles after the last time it was reset. I want to ...
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07 Honda Odyssey timing belt change interval for “normal” driving conditions?

The owners manual for my 2007 Honda Odyssey seems to indicate that the timing belt should be changed at 60,000 miles for extreme driving conditions. It's not clear what the schedule is for normal ...
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Where is the PCV valve on my 2011 Ford Focus SES (Duratec engine)?

I have a 2011 Ford Focus SES with a 2.0 liter I4 Duratec PZEV (California edition) engine. My repair manual suggests replacing the PCV valve every 60k miles (I am currently at 75k). I am trying to ...
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Motorcycle Maintenance [closed]

What should you check/clean/replace on a Motorcycle? I already: Change the oil (10w40) and filter twice a year Periodically check the tires for pressure, cracks, bumps (I forget the technical term), ...