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This is a discussion on engine checkup within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; i wanted to know what you guys that dont take your car to the dealer do for normal maintence. im ...

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    engine checkup

    i wanted to know what you guys that dont take your car to the dealer do for normal maintence. im not talkin about changin you oil or anything like that. but my car just turned over 97k. i know its alot but i wanna know what should i check or do. like a leakdown test, compression test, or anything like that.
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    anyone?
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    Look at your service manual and see what the nearest mileage consists of. Odds are it's plugs, rotation, inspection, and full fluid change. Do that basic stuff that is outlined in the manual. From there you can do farther tests if you want, but it's all peice of mind stuff at that point.
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    thats what i thought. i just changed my fluids, rotated and balanced the tires, alignment and checked everything like that. i think im gonna do the peace of mind stuff anyways.

    how much is a compression tester and stuff like that. is it more feesable to just take it to the dealer or a shop?
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    A compression test really isnt maitance unless you think something is broke. You can have a good shop do one, but unless you suspect something is wrong you are more then likely tossing money away. Even if one cyl. is down 15 from another are you going to want to fix it now or just drive it until it blows? If you just want to drive it till it blows then I wouldnt even bother because it will just worry you more.

    If you did all the maitance (wires, timing belt, acc. belts, fluids, rotation, etc) then the only other thing I'd do is replace the oil pump. Oil pumps seem to want to go around 70-110k miles in these cars. Whoever does your timing belt I'd ask them to do an oil pump also.
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    sounds good, thanks. ill probally just keep drivin and puttin mods on until it blows or i finish another power and performance class at UTI and then rebuild
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    Quote Originally Posted by 302@12psi View Post
    the maitance (wires, timing belt, acc. belts, fluids, rotation, etc) then the only other thing I'd do is replace the oil pump. Oil pumps seem to want to go around 70-110k miles in these cars. Whoever does your timing belt I'd ask them to do an oil pump also.
    +1 on the timing belt and oil pump. Timing belt if you don't want to replace your heads when rebuilding. Low tolerance valve to piston gaps = bent valves.
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