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Old 31 Mar 2008, 12:16 pm
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Default 2003 Honda Element - 60K miles - What general Maintenance Should I get?

I bought a used Certified 2003 Honda Element 4wd from the dealer back in December 2006. It had roughly 35K miles on it. Now it has 60K on it. The tires were replaced at 35k so they are still good. I am thinking of having the differential fluid replaced beacuse like my old CRV, its making the growling noise when I cut the wheel hard while backing up or making sharp turns in parking lots. Other that the diff fluid is there any other general maintenance I should have performed? I hate to have my Honda dealer do the 60k maintenace check because it's usually $100+ for them to tell you nothing maybe wrong. I waited until 90k on my old CRV for Honda to first do their checkup on it.
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 12:31 pm
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At the very least, you should have the air filter and PCV valve replaced, and you should consider replacing the spark plugs and wires (yes, they say the plugs last for 100,000 miles, but if you leave them in that long they're a royal pain to get out). It's also a good idea to have the transmission fluid flushed and replaced, as well as the radiator fluid, and they should check the brakes. The manual may tell you that you can go longer on some of these things, but believe me, waiting too long to do some of this stuff can cost you big bucks later.P.S.: I pinch.
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 12:46 pm
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Inspect and Replace the Manufacturer's recommended maintenance: (note: differential fluid is recommended at 90,000 miles)60000 MI or 96000 KM Inspect Brake Hose/Line (S) Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS). Brakes and Traction Control (S) Inspect front and rear brakes. Constant Velocity Joint Boot (S) Drive Belt (S) Exhaust System (S) Fluids (S) Inspect all fluid levels and condition of fluids. Fuel Supply Line (S) Inspect all fuel lines and connections. Parking Brake System (S) Steering and Suspension (S) Inspect tie-rod ends, steering gear box, boots and suspension components. Replace Air Filter Element (S) Replace air cleaner element. If you drive in dusty conditions, replace every 15,000 miles. (24,000 km). Cabin Air Filter (S) Replace dust and pollen filter. If you drive primarily in urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from industry and from diesel-powered vehicles, replace every 15,000miles (24,000 km). Engine Oil (S) Perform at interval or every 1 year, whichever comes first. Oil Filter, Engine (S) Rotate Tires Rotate Tires. Check tire inflation and condition at least once a month. (S) = Service Warranty Requirement (E) = Emission Warranty Requirement (B) = Both Service and Emission Warranty Requirement
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 01:01 pm
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The previous answers pretty well cover this question. A couple of suggestions: Do the radiator flush even though it's not called for until 100K miles. It's good insurance against a plugged heater core...which is a $1200 repair. I learned that the hard way. Replace the cabin air filters yourself. You'll pay $60-$80 (or more) for this service and you can buy the parts...it takes two filters... online for $20 http://www.handa-accessories.com It's about as complicated as changing the wiper blades. A brake fluid flush is recommended at three years, regardless of mileage.For more maintenance tips, check the forum at my favorite Element site http://www.elementownersclub.com
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