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Old 08-03-2003, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default 24k service . . . what should the dealer do?

I'm almost at 24,000 kilometres, and I want to do as much of this service myself as I can.

- I can handle the oil and filter change no problem.
- Tires have been rotated, so that's ok.
- Air and fuel filter replacement I can handle.
- Fluid levels, tire pressures, etc, etc. - ok

But I'm wondering how to do these things, or whether I should ask the dealer to do just these parts of the service:

- Inspect drive belt tension ?
Is this as simple as just squeezing the belts to ensure there's not too much play? How much is too much?
- Axle boot condition?
I assume if they look to be in good shape (i.e. no cracks, tears, etc), that's ok.
- Inspect and adjust clutch clearance?

These things, I have no clue:
- Inspect, service, and adjust parking brake
- Lubricate all hinges and locks
- Service and lubricate calipers
- Lubricate weather strips

If anyone can point me to a relevant thread or link for these last few items, that would be great!

Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2003, 08:44 AM   #2
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You are right on the axle boot....you can do this yourself.

You can lube your own locks and hinges. They make a dry graphite lube specifically for door locks. Squirt some in there and open/close the lock with your key 10 times and you are done. Same with the door hinges. You can do a search to verify, but I believe it is just lithium grease. A small parts brush is all that's needed to lube these. Prior to greasing, you can use the brush to remove as much of the old gunk as you can.

Lube weather stripping? This doesn't need to be done really unless your windows get stuck to your doors during freezing weather. You can do it yourself with silicone spray and a rag.

Does your parking brake work to your satisfaction? If so, it needs no adjustment and you are good.

I am kind of shaky on your other questions though. 1/4" or less of play in your belts is a good rule of thumb. Clutch clearance should be fine unless, like the parking brake, you are having clutch/shifting problems. If you like the release, it is fine. I didn't know you could lubricate calipers, but I am not a brake guru, so you will have to ask someone else about that or do a google/NASIOC search unless someone chimes in.
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