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Just got an '87 dodge p/u, still running, but needs some 'tuning'. NO idea how it was maintained - should i get a radiator flush (reservoir was empty), oil change, fluids check, any suggestions? Thanks!!

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Yes all the above, also air and fuel filter, tune up, check hoses and belt's, not bad idea to check brakes, and front end (steering), also check for oil leaks, and make sure engine don't over heat.

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