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Old 03-03-2004, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Maintanance for a WRX with 15,000 miles

I just hit 15,000 miles in my '02 WRX. I have done normal maintanance such as oil changes, wheel rotation and changing the air filter. What else should I check at this point?

How often should you change the coolant?

How long should the spark plugs last?

How about the fuel filter?

Anything else?
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Old 03-03-2004, 04:27 PM   #2
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The answers to these questions are all in your owners manual. The advice of the owners manual over-rides any and all advice given here by anyone, so go with it.
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Old 03-03-2004, 04:57 PM   #3
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I just hit 15,000 miles in my '02 WRX. I have done normal maintanance such as oil changes, wheel rotation and changing the air filter. What else should I check at this point?

How often should you change the coolant?

How long should the spark plugs last?

How about the fuel filter?

Anything else?
You might want to seriously consider changing the transmission and rear differential fluid if you haven't yet. Check the wear on your brake pads (espically the front). Top off the coolant overflow reservoir and brake fluid reservoir too if low. You could change the PCV valve ever 15k since it only costs like $2 and will keep your fuel mileage normal, but procedure is a bit of a pain... Grease door/hood/trunk hinges. If you have a heavy foot, check the throttle cable to see if it's "too loose". Put a bottle of fuel injector cleaner in the gas tank (i actually do this every oil change).

But i really would suggest the transmission fluid if it hasn't been done. All the [microscopic] metal shavings from normal break-in don't go anywhere unless you do something about it.

Coolant: 30k
Spark Plugs: 60k or more
Fuel Filter: 15-30k
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Give it a good washing and waxing too. Never hurts to look good.
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Old 03-03-2004, 05:49 PM   #5
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The answers to these questions are all in your owners manual. The advice of the owners manual over-rides any and all advice given here by anyone, so go with it.
I have always viewed the owner's manual as providing the absolute minimum that one should do. IIRC, the owner's manual recommends oil changes every 7,500 miles. Even with synthetic oil, I try not to go over 3,000 miles.
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The advice in your owner's manual will keep your car running good for a long, long time. Though it is your right to perform maintenance more frequently (even I do on occasion), that habit has no proven logevity claims, just lighter wallet claims. If you haven't seen it yet, you may want to scan the Oil FAQ.
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