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Lube Is is a good idea to get our Skylark lubed? The oil is clean but what about things like boots, ball joints, A arms, struts? This car only has 25K on it and has been garaged its whole life. We are dreadfully ignorant of such things but want to continue to give the car a good life. Thanks for any help you can give.

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  • mtboots Oct 27, 2008

    It hasn't been on blocks, it has just been rarely driven and is not kept on the street.
    It has been, muffler, oil, coolent, transmission fluid, other fluids, etc. That stuff I know about. If I put the car on ramps, I can check the boots myself for brittleness or cracking.
    I'm talking about a lube job...that's it. It sounds like it has a case of arthritis which considering its age is not surprising.
    It is my Dad's new baby and he wants to "winterize" it. This is a man who once owned a car for 12 years and bragged about never having changed the oil!
    He is now 83 years old and I don't want him at the mercy of the local garage (which has already happened more than once with his last car.)
    I can always get a grease gun and do it myself if I knew what to do!
    Thanks for your suggestions.



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If it hasn't been run for 5 or more years here is a brief checklist: Oil must be changed (3,000 miles or 3 months whichever comes sooner) Change radiator coolant Check transmission fluid (may be low from evaporation over extended period of time.) Empty the gas tank (yes, gasoline goes bad just like anything else.) Inspect anything rubber, this includes all the boots etc you mentioned.  rubber tends to go bad over time, you should also have a chemical test done on the engine to ensure the head gasket is healthy. Best of luck!

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  • Dan Ford Oct 28, 2008

    Ok, well it couldn't hurt.  Just grab a grease gun and poke around for a little round "stub" with a hole in the middle of it, you'll probably have to wipe it off really well.  look around on the suspension first as these will be the easiest to find and reach, from there you should get the hang of it.  Hope that helps



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