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Old 12-12-2005, 06:01 PM   #1
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Routine Maintenance - What does it consist of?

Okay, I figure this is something anyone who owns a car should know - what routine maintenance should be performed on the vehicle, and about every "how long"?

Assuming we're talking about Hondas (specifically Accords), in case there's any discretion between vehicles.

I know the tire pressure should be checked. How often? What should all four tires read?

How often would tires be replaces, or how do you go about checking? I've heard of the penny between the treads, but not sure if this is viable.

Oil is still the typical 3k miles, right? Is this just getting oil in it, or actually changing the oil? And when you change the oil, you're supposed to do the filter, right?

Brakes end up getting done every what? Brake pads & brakes the same thing?

Whew, sorry guys, I know I have a lot of questions. I just wanna make sure I get all the basic stuff down.
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Old 12-12-2005, 10:22 PM   #2
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Havn't you heard?

Havn't you heard? Honda's last forever....anyway, look in your owners manual.
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Old 12-12-2005, 10:36 PM   #3
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I lost the damn thing. Any online owner's manual in a .pdf format I could download? I'm gonna check Google now, but perhaps you know of a place?
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Old 12-12-2005, 10:45 PM   #4
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Smell

Just do a visual inspection. Don't smell your oil, but smell your transmission fluid...tests your coolant, its usually fairly simple.
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:29 PM   #5
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May be simple, but I don't even know that stuff. How should the tranny fluid smell?

What exactly are coolants? The fluids I know of are oil, transmission, antifreeze, and brake fluid. Anything in there where you're talking about?
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:23 AM   #6
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i wouldn't stick to smelling the trans fluid usually when you that you're trying to smell if its burnt which means you're having trans problems. I usually check it by color if it looks to brown(on white paper) its time for a flush, another good idea would be to flush it and then keep a maintance log so you now when it was last done and when the next flush is due. As far as coolant its just another name for antifreeze.
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Old 12-13-2005, 03:50 AM   #7
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What exactly does the antifreeze do? I mean, the name probably suggests the goal of it, but how does it work, and what harm can it bring if it's not used?
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Old 12-13-2005, 05:11 AM   #8
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Definitely helped me, tbax. Where could I go for some car 101, to learn what some of the stuff means and whatnot?
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:21 AM   #9
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to a mechanic lol
dad
mom even
shop teacher in school?
some colledges offer small auto 101 courses cheap
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:32 PM   #10
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I don't trust mechanics, my dad passed away recently, my mom knows nothing about cars, and I'm currently not in school. I suppose once I start in Spring I could try to find an auto 101 course, but I was more looking for an online resource. Maybe I could buy some "Automotive Care For Dummies" book. I'm sure they have something like that.
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Old 12-14-2005, 12:31 AM   #11
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Check here. http://auto.howstuffworks.com/
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Old 12-14-2005, 01:29 AM   #12
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auto 101 for dummies
1 make sure it has oil in it
2 make sure the oil is inside the engine not in the trunk
3 make sure the engine has coolant
4 see rule 2
5 make sure transmission has addequate fluid
6 see rule 2
6b if none of the above apply make sure the chain has oil and keep pedeling
hehe sorry

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Old 12-14-2005, 01:34 AM   #13
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oh tire pressure
read the side of the tire
im pretty sure it says 32 lbs pressure
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Old 12-14-2005, 02:42 AM   #14
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you sure have a hate on for mechanics...why?
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:09 AM   #15
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Oil every 3000 miles
Air filter every 12000 miles
Pretty much the most routine stuff. Everything else just wears out with time.
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