Tip & How-To about Dodge Stratus


When it comes to your vehicle, you want it to run at its best. By following your scheduled maintenance checks, you can save valuable time and money. Not only that, you can save yourself time and future problems. Here is a list of things you need to check on your vehicle to keep it running at a high performance. Every 3,000-5,000 miles, you need to change your oil and filter. Every 7,500 miles, you want to check your coolant level and your transmission fluid level. You also need to inspect your tires as well. Make sure they have correct pressure and they are not wearing unevenly. If they are, your vehicle may need an allignment. You also need to check your battery terminals and make sure they are cleaned, as well as the battery post. Every 15,000-20,000 miles, you want to inspect your brake system. Check your brake pads and your brake fluid. Every 30,000 miles, you need to lubricate the steering balljoints and suspension. You need to replace the air filter. You need to change your transmission fluid also. You also need to inspect all your coolant hoses and your engine hoses for damage. Also, make sure none of your hoses are loose. This is also a good time to check your pcv valve and replace it if it is bad. Every 60,000 miles, you will need to change your drivebelts. Replace your fuel filter and replace your spark plugs and wires. If you have a distributor, change your distributor cap. You will also need to change your coolant fluid. Every 100,000 miles, if possible, you will want to change your timing belt or timing chain. This is a costly repair but if your timing belt or chain breaks, you will not be able to start the car back and it may cause engine damage. When you have an older vehicle, you probably want to check everything you can before you drive it. It is always best to go ahead and change everything you can, especially all the fluids. Always scan the engine for leaking fluids. If you see fluid, find the leak. Make sure you don't drive it until the problem is solved. Driving a vehicle when it is damaged can lead to major problems. Make sure you always keep an eye on your drivebelts also. If it is possible, make sure you keep tools in your vehicle and extra parts. It is always wise to carry an extra drivebelt just in case the other one breaks. By doing this, if your vehicle breaks down, you will have a better chance of not being stranded. It is very important to change parts and fluids at their scheduled time. Many vehicles that break down can be prevented, but not all of them. But, many that do, could have been prevented by doing scheduled maintenace on the vehicle. As always, I thank you for reading and best wishes. Thanks for choosing FixYa.

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What kilometres does a honda Crv 2001 need servicing ?

Sorry but I don't have access to the information just now but the vehicle's own literature should supply an answer suitable for the territory where it is operated.

Once out of warranty you don't have to follow manufacturer guidelines - they are only guidelines and modern service schedules usually offer options for different types of usage.

Service schedules for the last 20 years are written to appease accountants. The biggest market for new cars has for some time been the leasing, hire and fleet market and it isn't ordinary people who buy cars for these things but accountants who want fairly predictable costs over the time the vehicle is part of the fleet. Those schedules don't always provide the sort of care that assures a vehicle a long and happy life.

Most service schedules are considered to be the minimum required and will say a time or mileage period whichever comes first, often suggesting increased intervals for light duties and/or the use of long life engine oils or shorter intervals for heavier usage and standard oils. If the vehicle covers only a short distance then time intervals should be used.

For older vehicles I recommend two maintenance services (as required) per year or more if more than about 15,000 km are covered - one service before winter and one after winter leaving the owner to take care of routine underbonnet, lighting and tyre checks through the rest of the year. I have found after 40 years in the motor trade this provides the best value.

By servicing as required I mean a skilled mechanic should be left to attend to whatever needs attending to, which will vary depending on usage. Sometimes, for instance, using a car as a shopping cart or a school taxi can mean the brakes, air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs need only minimal attention but the door and lock adjustments need lots of attention. Periodically throwing a fixed number of new parts at a vehicle does not provide best value and does not ensure all aspects of the vehicle function well until the end which is the purpose of maintenance.

Sep 25, 2016 | 2001 Honda CR-V

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Your vehicle's routine maintenance schedule

jtemelcoff: Does the Car Care Council have a stat for percentage of vehicles with substandard wiper blades? I'd love to see that percentage if available.

Dec 11, 2009 | Ford Explorer Cars & Trucks

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Not really a problem - I bought the 2000 Altima with 145,000 miles. Running great. But, are there any maintenance logs with the various servicing schedules/components/time intervals available for that high end of mileage? I can create my own, but if it's already out there......Thanks.

You create your own with all your vehicles

Treat them all the same & keep a log book

You should be doing a lot more than anything
out there especially MFG Scheduled Maint
Follow that alone you will break down

Jun 07, 2011 | 2000 Nissan Altima

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does it require tune up

Regular Maintenance is vital to keeping your car on the road. The time and effort you put into keeping up with scheduled maintenance can save you big money in the long run.
Dealer 30k, 60k or 90k mile tune-ups can run from $250 for 3-4 hours of labor and basic maintenance, to over $1,000 at places with high labor costs and additional maintenance services, such as timing belt replacement.
If the mechanic identifies needed repairs, this can add a significant amount to your total.
At 90K repair shops normally replace the timing belt, or timing chain.
Your car require a tune up, if you have more than 30K on it. What kind of tune up your car needs depend on how many miles do you have on your car.

Oct 24, 2010 | 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser

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schedule maintenance

oil and air filter every 3 mo or 3000 miles which ever comes first the timing belt needs to be checked really soon and you might consider taking it to the dealer for a transmission flush filter and fill. the dealer can set you up with the best intervals to do the major maintenance.

May 27, 2009 | 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe

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