Tip & How-To about Pontiac Grand Prix

Keeping your Car Strong

To keep your car running strong, use synthetic oils on all parts required, and use platinum spark plugs. Change all sensors and gaskets every year. And just to add on to the fun, have your tranny flushed, and coolant flushed, and have the entire car serviced every 2000 miles. It is only neccessary and will keep your car running strong forever...

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I have a 2003 Nissan Altima with 150,000 miles in it. I change the oil every 3K miles and even though I spent $2K last year fixing the A/C, it runs just fine. However, I want to keep it unitl it falls apart. As such, I a willing to invest in a "scheduled maintenance" to take care of the preventive stuff, making sure I don't run into any surprises. What should I look into? Transmission (fluid change, etc)? Do I really need a tune-up (I heard most recent cards, considering that they are mainly electric, do not really need tune-ups)? anything else to look into or replace? Thanks...JB

If you have the 2.3L engine, the best thing you can do is change the oil then change the oil. When you are done changing the oil, change it again. If you keep your engine oil clean, that engine is pretty much bullet-proof. I have 220,000 on mine.
The only other thing for the engine is oil leaks. Take care of them right away. They ar not only bad for the engine itself. Oil leaks will destroy sensors and wiring harnesses. Petroleum oils will also damage rubber parts like hoses and bushings. Oil leaks should not be tolerated at all.
Yes, your car requires tune-ups. I usually recommend waiting until the Check Engine Light comes on. With the platinum spark plugs, it is usually not necessary to change them for 80.000 miles or so. The Check Engine light will come on and tell you if the spark plugs start misfiring - that is when you MUST change them to prevent other damage to the vehicle.
The fuel filter in your vehicle is serviced only by replacing the fuel pump assembly in the fuel tank. Trust me, it will let you know when it is time. You can go ahead and do this according to mileage if you like, but mine has never been replaced at 220,00 miles. I have changed some at 100,000 miles though.
At your current mileage, I personally recommend a cooling system overhaul. This consists of replacing the water pump and ALL coolant hoses. I would replace heater hoses, by-pass hoses, radiator hoses...EVERYTHING. Also flush the radiator and heater core and replace the thermostat. This can go a long way in preventing severe engine damage due to overheating.

If you have not changed your transmission fluid and filter, then I would recommend doing so.
Then. you just have to take care of problems as they occur. You will most likely lose a wheel bearing, a fuel pump, a CV axle shaft, but this is just normal wear and tear. A thorough inspection every 6 months or so can go a long way in preventing small problems from becoming big problems. I personally check mine over pretty good at every oil change. (3000 miles)

Feb 20, 2011 | 2003 Nissan Altima

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12.5 MPG, is this the best I can do with what I have (2004 F 150 4x4 with a 5.4 automatic O/D.

I own TWO 2006 f150's and had the same problem for both this paST YEAR

Jan 28, 2011 | 2004 Ford F150

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how often should i services my transmission,air conditioner, engine

im a freak about keeping my cars in emaculate condition, and i service the entire car every 2000 miles. to keep it running strong i like to use synthetic oils, and platinum spark plugs. Also i replace all the sensors and gaskets every year. So it up to how much you want to push it, if you dont want to go as far in depth as me, every 4000 miles i would do it all for sure...

Jun 06, 2010 | 2005 Ford Taurus

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Servicing my Mercedes C200

Gearbox -> Synthetic automatic transmission fluid
Differential -> Either 90W engine oil or 85W90 gear lubricant
Engine oil -> Not really sure of the weather in Uganda but I take it it stays pretty warm all year long, probably 20W-40 or 15W-40 synthetic
Spark plugs -> Well there could be a long debate over that... if you're having engine performance/missing problems i'd try replacing them right away but with any gasoline ignition system i try to replace the plugs about once a year... plug wires about 5 years... regardless of condition. In my case, i don't usually go for expensive "platinum" or whatever kind of plug that costs about 10 times as much and usually don't do much of a difference... I'd rather buy reasonably priced spark plugs and replace them regularly, and get a much better result and more money in my pockets... because even if you did buy the expensive ones you usually end up replacing them at about the same time you would have the cheaper ones, with the same effect

Aug 15, 2008 | 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2006 VW NB convertible 5 sp manual oil requirements

What engine do you have? If you have the 1.8 turbo engine, you absolutely need to run synthetic - the 1.8T engine is known for oil sludge issues, and running synthetic will stem that a bit. You'll still have sludge issues, but they can be held at bay. Use synthetic oil only, and do a treatment with SeaFoam (available at parts stores) every third oil change, and you should be fine.

Now, just because you need synthetic oil, does not mean you need to pay $13/qt for it from a dealer. Mobil1 synthetic is excellent oil (I used it for years in my 500+hp twin turbo 300ZX), and it's on the official Audi list of approved oils (Audi and VW are part of the same conglomerate). It runs less than $5/qt. Get Mobil1, and your oil filter, at the parts store, and change your oil at home - it'll take you 20 minutes or so and save you a bundle.

Aug 12, 2008 | 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle

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