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Old 02-11-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I was curious. How many on this forum do all the recommended service on your car?

I used to drive company cars that were leased. So we'd get a new car, drive it 70k miles and get a new one. We never bothered much with maint, except oil changes. So I got in the habit of not doing much maint. other than what was really necessary. Tires, brakes, air filters, oil. Anyone else??. I'm trying to change my ways, as I would like the cars I own now to last awhile. So I'm starting to do more, but I still probably will not change some things like brake fluid.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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In TX you may not need to change brake fluid. (low humidity)

I only do maint that NEEDS to be done. I get over 300k on my cars, including original clutch (which I only use at stop lights / when necessary.)

I do 20k oil changes and fresh filter every 5k (Synthetic oils).
Fuel filters annual in Fall season.
Brakes when needed (often, as I live in mtns)

My rigs are ultra cheap to maintain. MANY part jobbers for older VW's.
Lots of stuff for under $10 (Ball joints), hoses and belts often under $3.
Diesel power, no plugs / wires / computer problems.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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The key to keeping maintenance minimal is to never drive an old car.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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The key to keeping maintenance minimal is to never drive an old car.
That's not very frugal.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:09 PM
 
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We do all of our own maintenance and most repairs too, unless we don't have a tool that would cost more to buy than to take to the shop.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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I do most of my own maintenance / repairs, BUT I do it right!

That is with a factory service manual set of books which you order from the dealer and costs about $150.00 for the set of 4 books. About 2000 pages total on one specific year/model vehicle!

These contain the information your dealer uses for vehicle maintenance and repair.

They also say what maintenance is required depending on the mileage. Like every 15,000 miles do this. At 30,000 miles, do this and that. Etc.

Another tip is to look in the back of your vehicle owner's manual. This will say what *specific* types of fluids to use in your vehicle. Power steering fluid, oil specification, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc. can be DIFFERENT for different vehicles. If you use the wrong fluid, you can cause damage to a vehicle or cause safety problems.

For example brakes in a small light weight car are different from the brakes in a truck designed to carry heavy loads. The brake fluid can get extremely hot on a long downhill run. Use the correct type fluid!

Replace parts with factory specification parts only - don't go installing "pretty looking" spark plug wires! The factory spec wires are of a specific type for a reason. Your car may not run right with a different type - the spark "electrical noise" can cause vehicle computers to not function properly.

Same with anything else do-it-yourself. Learn how to do it right.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Who even reads the operating manual? Preventive maintenance is one key to keeping your car running a long time. I even read that keeping your tank full saves wear on the fuel pump. On the other hand if you drive it all the way to the junkyard with original oil, it will get there sooner.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Oil does not need to be changed every 3000 miles. Your owner manual will give the recommended intervals, according to the kind of driving you do, which could be anywhere from 5,000 to 7500. If you drive your car 200K miles and change it every 6000 miles instead of 3000, you'll avoid wasting about $1,500. The only people who say it needs to be changed every 3000 are the people who sell oil.

Buy your oil when your auto parts store advertises a special in the flyers (one or the other of the chains always has one on special), and learn to change it yourself or find a nearby repair shop that will charge you about ten bucks to change your carry-in oil and filter (always change the filter).

If you need to go to a drive-in change location, some of them offer a discount on weekday mornings. There are always advertising coupons going around for discounts on those, too. One chain (I think it"s Precision Tune) has a change-only deal, for ten bucks less, in which they just change the oil and back it out, without inspecting or topping up any other fluid levels, which is fine if you know how to check your own fluids, belts, etc.

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Who even reads the operating manual?
I do. I read all instruction manuals for the things I buy. Amazing what you can learn!

Also it is sometimes QUITE interesting to read instructions for things "everyone" knows how to use like a tape measure...
Living | Loose tape-measure rivets improve accuracy | Seattle Times Newspaper
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: DFW
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The key to keeping maintenance minimal is to never drive an old car.
True, you won't spent that much on auto maintenance but you'll pay through the roof for the new car.

Probably the only fool-proof way to pay less for auto maintenance over the long run is to shop around right now for a new car that reputed to have relatively low maintenance costs and high fuel efficiency (Toyota Prius sounds like an ideal choice.) Then drive that car forever (20yrs, 300K miles, whichever comes first.)
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