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Old 19 Jun 2008, 12:31 am
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Default What are the MOST important things to do for a 100,000 honda civic tune up?

shes a 1998. new air filter at 60,000 and im pretty good about the oil...has been a while though. : ( Just hit 100,000. As time and money permit i will do all necessary but lets say the budget is $250 for tune ups. What are the most important things? Aside from a oil and filter change. Air filter? TIming belt? spark plugs? tranny oil? Im new to this....what should i tune up?? I love my car and dont want her to meet an untimely death. ANY help is appreciated.
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 12:46 am
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timing belt, air/oil/fuel filter. plugs and wires. Have those breaks checked out too (most shops check brakes for free) On a Honda ALWAYS keep that timing belt in good shape. Had a 1988 Accord go 260,000 miles when we traded it in 4 a mini van, had a baby coming. Probably still on the road today!
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 01:01 am
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change the spark plugs. buy it & have your hub or bf plug it in . It only cost around $12bucks.
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 01:16 am
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The most critical adjustment on that car that is part of the traditional 'tune up' is the valve adjustment. there is no one single thing that is more critical to the engine performance and fuel economy on that engine than properly adjusted valves. They are to be adjusted every 30,000 miles per Honda's maintenance manual. Sounds like you haven't done them in a while so that would be my first priority. (About $120 for the adjustment parts and labor)Second thing is the timing belt. Honda calls for the belt every 7 years or 105,000 miles on that model. you're over the 7 years. belts fail because they dry out. usually the timing belt, water pump and the other drive belts are replaced together as a package for about $300-$350 at honda dealers. probably much less elsewhere.then in order of importance for fuel economy is the air filter then the spark plugs, distributor cap, rotor and wire set. the air filter can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 10%. Spark plugs will usually last more than the recommended 30,000 mile replacement interval. Distributor cap and rotor every 100,000 or as necessary. I'd do the air filter first (about $30 then the plugs (about $25 installed) and then the cap, wires and rotor if required (have the tech check the condition first)usual inspections include the brakes, fluid condition for the transmission, brake fluid and coolant (coolant is usually changed with the timing belt and water pump). The trans fluid should be changed every 90,000 if its an automatic transmission (about $40). Brake fluid should be changed every 3 years regardless of mileage (about $50)hope that helps
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 01:31 am
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Replace the timing belt, adjust the valves, replace the water pump, idlers, cam seal and crank seal -- if you plan on keeping the car for a long time. If you're on a strict budget, just replace the timing belt and change the auto trans fluid (change it every 15,000 miles and you'll never have a trans problem). Honda's have "interference" engines that are expensive to repair if the timing belt breaks. The reason I suggest replacing those other parts is that there is minimal labor cost involved when changing all of those parts at once; you're only paying for the cost of the parts. Make sure to use only Honda factory OEM parts; they're better quality and worth the difference in price. As far as the valve adjustment is concerned: Honda's valve clearances tend to get "tight" as the miles rack up; a "tight" valve will cause cylinder head damage or a "burnt" valve--another expensive repair. I set my valves "loose" on my own cars: the "noise" doesn't bother me and I know I won't "burn" a valve. When properly cared for, a Honda engine will easily go 300,000 miles with minimal problems. Their parts are getting expensive but it's far cheaper to keep an old car running well than to trade it in on a new one. I still drive a 1991 Honda Accord with 250,000 miles that still idles so smooth you can't feel it running when at a stop light; it has the original paint and everything, including the ice-cold AC, works!
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Unless it was done recently the timing belt is top priority! have the valve adjustment at the same time because the cover for that has to come off to do the timing belt. Water pump because it's cheap and the timing belt runs the water pump. You don't want a leaky pump making your new belt slip and ruining the engine.. BTW..Crank seals etc mentioned in another post.. don't do them unless they ARE leaking.. Don't fix what aint broke! You can create a leak where they isn't one! Hondas just don't leak oil! After that general tune up stuff (plugs cap rotor air filter) every 30k.. Just follow your owner's manual.. if you don't have one you can prolly download one! I got a service manual that way for MY 1998 Civic EX!! (180+K on mine)Next if it's an automatic have the tranny FLUSHED.. not just drained and refilled. There is a Honda Factory specified proceedure that needs to be followed for that one. If it's a manual tranny a simple drain and fill that takes 10w30 oil. Easy to do.Brake fluid should be FLUSHED every 2 years regardless of mileage. Wires.. if you have Genuine Honda Spark Plug Wires no need to replace them unless they failed or are after market.. Genuine Honda wires could out last your car! Again the after market parts can cause more problems than you started with! I know this from fist hand experience! lolWhat ever you have done INSIST on GENUINE HONDA PARTS!!! And WELL Qualified Tech who is familiar with Honda or specialist shop for Honda products.You'll never be sorry you took the time to treat your "baby" right! She will run another 200k NO PROBLEM if you keep doing what your doing already!
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