Need to know when or how often, months or miles the necessary maintenance should be performed:
Power Steering Flush
Power Brake Flush
Radiator Fill and Drain
Going in for regular oil change tomorrow and had the above completed in years past, my owners manual is of no help and need to know when to have these done again.
PS: Car is purring like a kitten and need to keep it like that! 123,400 miles. Thanks.
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Re: Maintenance Toyota Solara 2000
I have kept my cars running for a long time (250k+) by changing fluids as u are doing, and fixing things right away, not letting them develop into bigger problems, so u are destined to have your car for a long time! Many of the maintenance items u list are typically NEVER done by anyone, but they should be. Here's what I recommend from many years of maintaining my cars: ps flush-50k or 5 yrs brake fluid flush- every time u have brakes replaced. Rad.drain, flush, fill -new coolant is said to be good for life of car, I would flush and refill 50/50 coolant water mix every 4 years. Fuel Injection- I'll get flak over this, but I never do anything to the system, just change your fuel filter every 2 years, or 20k Trans Flush-don't have it done if they '**** out' the fluid from the dipstick tube. I consider that method a waste. Have the pan removed to drain it, and replace the trans filter if equipped w/ one (u can't change the filter if u **** the fluid out of the dipstick.) Also, some vehicles have a magnet on the bottom of the trans. pan, which collects fine shavings from normal wear and tear (and pieces of metal from a trans. about to go bad). U need to drop the pan to clean this crud off the magnet. oil and filter (good quality filter-cheap junky ones are much lighter than a quality one) every 3k or twice a year whichever comes 1st I'll add: air filter- every 20k or once a year check tire air pressure once a month, rotate tires for even wear (every 5k miles) Can I buy your well maintained car when u r ready to sell it?
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Unless you have a record of these fluids being changed in the past 18 months you should definitely change them. These fluids will degrade over time and need to be changed at appropriate intervals. You should also flush the engine radiator and cooling system and replace with new coolant to the manufacturer's specs unless this has been done in the past 18 months. Also ensure you change the engine oil and filter frequently (certainly more frequently than the manufacturer maximum interval specs which is based on optimum driving conditions which does not reflect reality.)
Brake fluid - every 2 years minimum Clutch fluid - every 2 1/2 years minimum PS fluid - every 3 years Coolant flush and change - every 2 years Engine oil - every 3500-4000 miles or 5 months minimum whichever is sooner Oil filter - every second oil change.
The maintenance schedule is an outline and should be followed if you want to keep your vehicle in good condition. the maintenance items listed in the schedule are performed at their set intervals for a reason. Manufacturers have found the wear limits on certain parts and those parts may need to be serviced or replaced at those intervals or catastrophic failures may result.
In reality, all you really need to do is spark plugs, distributor cap, oil change. It is recommended that you change coolant if it's not the long life coolant (orange is long life), flush your transmission. Recommended does not mean have to do, but it won't hurt. The dealer will probably charge you anywhere from $400 to $1000 depending on what they say you should have done.