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Old 30 Dec 2004, 04:42 pm
Travis
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Default '82 Prelude, 120K service worth doing?

Hi, All,

I'm the original owner of a 1982 Prelude (auto trans) that has had all major and
intermediate service routines performed at dealerships during it's light-duty life.
I'm only now approaching 120,000 miles and receiving the predictable spam on the
major service interval, basically "check this, inspect that." (below)

At its age, is this worth the $300-plus that both dealer and trusted local shops
want? I've always re-set and obeyed my three green service interval indicators,
cared for the oil, watched the vital fluids, live in Virginia where brakes, tires,
etc. are annually gone over. New plugs might be nice, maybe a brake fluid bleed, but
most of this looks like an invitation to pay $300 for the privilege of rousing
otherwise happy sleeping dogs a la "those struts could stand replacing" -- and, as
evidenced by this post -- I'm ignorant enough.

I've always believed in preventive maintenance, but driving a car barely _worth_
$300, should I be thinking more in the "if it ain't broke ..." school? The car runs
well and looks great after three rust and paint jobs, but, after 22 years, can't be
in my life for all that much longer. (Just getting in and out is exercise.)

Many thanks for your advice,

Travis

Mileage: 30,000 - 60,000 - 90,000 - 120,000 - etc.
a.. Engine oil and filter - replace
b.. Fluid levels - top off all
c.. Lube hinges, locks, latches, and hood cable
d.. Front / Rear brakes - visual inspection
e.. Transmission fluid - drain & refill
f.. Lights - check operation
g.. Clutch - adjust if applicable
h.. Battery posts - inspect & clean
i.. Fuel lines, tank, lines & connections - inspect
j.. Spark plugs - replace (except platinum plugs)
k.. Distributor cap & rotor - inspect
l.. Tires - balance rear tires and rotate to front; adjust pressure & inspect tire
wear pattern
m.. Coolant system - Check level & test protection
n.. Wiper blades - check operation & wear
o.. Park brake - adjust & lube as needed
p.. Front/Rear disc calipers & hoses
q.. Air filter - inspect
r.. Exhaust system - inspect
s.. Suspension, struts & steering - inspect
t.. Adjust valve clearance if applicable
u.. Brake Fluid - replace and bleed system


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Old 30 Dec 2004, 05:26 pm
jim beam
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Default Re: '82 Prelude, 120K service worth doing?

Travis wrote:
> Hi, All,
>
> I'm the original owner of a 1982 Prelude (auto trans) that has had all major and
> intermediate service routines performed at dealerships during it's light-duty life.
> I'm only now approaching 120,000 miles and receiving the predictable spam on the
> major service interval, basically "check this, inspect that." (below)
>
> At its age, is this worth the $300-plus that both dealer and trusted local shops
> want? I've always re-set and obeyed my three green service interval indicators,
> cared for the oil, watched the vital fluids, live in Virginia where brakes, tires,
> etc. are annually gone over. New plugs might be nice, maybe a brake fluid bleed, but
> most of this looks like an invitation to pay $300 for the privilege of rousing
> otherwise happy sleeping dogs a la "those struts could stand replacing" -- and, as
> evidenced by this post -- I'm ignorant enough.
>
> I've always believed in preventive maintenance, but driving a car barely _worth_
> $300, should I be thinking more in the "if it ain't broke ..." school? The car runs
> well and looks great after three rust and paint jobs, but, after 22 years, can't be
> in my life for all that much longer. (Just getting in and out is exercise.)
>
> Many thanks for your advice,
>
> Travis
>
> Mileage: 30,000 - 60,000 - 90,000 - 120,000 - etc.
> a.. Engine oil and filter - replace
> b.. Fluid levels - top off all
> c.. Lube hinges, locks, latches, and hood cable
> d.. Front / Rear brakes - visual inspection
> e.. Transmission fluid - drain & refill
> f.. Lights - check operation
> g.. Clutch - adjust if applicable
> h.. Battery posts - inspect & clean
> i.. Fuel lines, tank, lines & connections - inspect
> j.. Spark plugs - replace (except platinum plugs)
> k.. Distributor cap & rotor - inspect
> l.. Tires - balance rear tires and rotate to front; adjust pressure & inspect tire
> wear pattern
> m.. Coolant system - Check level & test protection
> n.. Wiper blades - check operation & wear
> o.. Park brake - adjust & lube as needed
> p.. Front/Rear disc calipers & hoses
> q.. Air filter - inspect
> r.. Exhaust system - inspect
> s.. Suspension, struts & steering - inspect
> t.. Adjust valve clearance if applicable
> u.. Brake Fluid - replace and bleed system
>
>



my friends took an 88 accord to 360,000, then gave it away. the current
owner still drives it daily. the transmission fluid had never been
changed year after year because "it's going to die this year, so what's
the point". you may well be in the same position. skip the expense -
just keep driving it until there's a problem.

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