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Old 05-11-2005, 03:12 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U Couple of maintenance questions

1)Where should I take my car for wheel allignment? I hear that Firestone does one for a lifetime, and that Subaru of Dallas charges a lot for it.

2)When "rotating tires", do they rotate the wheels or actually take the tire off?

3)I'm due for 30k inspection - what does it include and what price am I looking at?

4)If I need to change out brake pads, should I go with the oem part or something else?

That is all.
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Old 05-11-2005, 04:49 PM   #2
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1. Where are you? We can give suggestions based on your location.

2. most places will just move the tire / wheel combo from front to back (or back to front) for directional tires, for non-directional they might do some fancy diagonal switcharoo.

3. Umm, oil, coolant, tranny and rear diff fluids, brake fluid, fuel filter, 30 point inspection. There's probably one or two more things that I can't remember right now. As far as pricing, wait for one of the guys from SOD to chime in.

4. Go aftermarket, you'll get better performance at equal or less cost.

My suggestion, buy food and drinks for some people who are local to you and have a garage day. Do / help out with the work on your car and learn some very good maintenance procedures. Not to mention that the food / drinks will probably be less expensive than the service work if you take it in.
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Old 05-11-2005, 06:15 PM   #3
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Lotta Pizza and lotta Shiners work for me
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Old 05-11-2005, 07:39 PM   #4
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1. Where are you? We can give suggestions based on your location.
Well Dallas, of course
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Old 05-11-2005, 08:36 PM   #5
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Well Dallas, of course
Ok, stay away from firestone like the plague. They've "worked" (and I use that term loosely) on some of the trucks at work. They've all come back with more problems than they went in with.

Some people have had luck with NTB, find a branch with someone who'll let you in the service area and watch them get the numbers you want.

Salaki knows a guy who works at Sears in the auto department at 635 and Preston. Slvr Surfr is also investigating a place, hopefully it works out.

Either that or suck it up and go to SOD. Get it done once, correctly, and don't worry about it again.
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Old 05-11-2005, 10:22 PM   #6
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1)Where should I take my car for wheel allignment? I hear that Firestone does one for a lifetime, and that Subaru of Dallas charges a lot for it.

2)When "rotating tires", do they rotate the wheels or actually take the tire off?

3)I'm due for 30k inspection - what does it include and what price am I looking at?

4)If I need to change out brake pads, should I go with the oem part or something else?

That is all.

1. Alignments at SoD are $99.95. If you've got camber plates, $129.99. If you want, I'll set the specs to what you want it at(as close as I possibly can).

2. A tire rotation includes adjusting tire pressure, rotating tires front to back. Not removing the tire from the wheel.

3. A 30k svc goes for $399.99. Most of it you can do yourself, or have friends do it for you for beer and pizza(as mentioned by Salaki). If you want Silkolene, it's an additional $70 for trans and diff)). If you want Mobil 1, the best thing to do(Read, save money) is to go to Wal-Mart and buy the 5 quart jug. It's less than $25.

4. If you've got an STi, your best bet would be to go aftermarket. The stock STi pads are ridiculously expensive. Ferodo is a good choice from what I've understood. WRX, I'm not sure what's good for them.



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Old 05-11-2005, 10:36 PM   #7
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3. A 30k svc goes for $399.99. Most of it you can do yourself, or have friends do it for you for beer and pizza(as mentioned by Salaki). If you want Silkolene, it's an additional $70 for trans and diff)). If you want Mobil 1, the best thing to do(Read, save money) is to go to Wal-Mart and buy the 5 quart jug. It's less than $25.

I guess it's a differnent price depending on the region of the country. In NJ the 30K service is 429.95 (4 cyl), and 595.95 (6 cyl and turbo cars)

The list below is word for word what the service menu (from the dealer [Wayne Subaru NJ]) is for the 30K service:

Tune engine
replace spark plugs (if needed)
replace air and fuel filters
replace engine coolant
pressure test cooling system
inpect belts and hoses
change oil, & filter
check all fluid levels
rotate tires
service and adjust brakes
replace trans. fluid (if necessary to replace filter and gasket= additional parts and labor charge)
check exterior lights
service emmisions system
inspect suspension, and exhaust system
perform top engine cleaner service
check motor and trans mounts
(timing and drive belt replacement at 60,000 miles= additional charge)
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Old 05-12-2005, 12:54 AM   #8
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I guess it's a differnent price depending on the region of the country. In NJ the 30K service is 429.95 (4 cyl), and 595.95 (6 cyl and turbo cars)

The list below is word for word what the service menu (from the dealer [Wayne Subaru NJ]) is for the 30K service:

Tune engine
replace spark plugs (if needed)
replace air and fuel filters
replace engine coolant
pressure test cooling system
inpect belts and hoses
change oil, & filter
check all fluid levels
rotate tires
service and adjust brakes
replace trans. fluid (if necessary to replace filter and gasket= additional parts and labor charge)
check exterior lights
service emmisions system
inspect suspension, and exhaust system
perform top engine cleaner service
check motor and trans mounts
(timing and drive belt replacement at 60,000 miles= additional charge)
"Tune Engine"? I'd love to know what that entails what do we run? carbureted engines?

Oh... Subaru's Timing Belt is servicable at 105,000; not 60,000
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Old 05-12-2005, 06:23 AM   #9
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The list below is word for word what the service menu (from the dealer [Wayne Subaru NJ]) is for the 30K service:
Hey, I'm from Wayne, NJ.
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Old 05-12-2005, 06:23 AM   #10
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The list below is word for word what the service menu (from the dealer [Wayne Subaru NJ]) is for the 30K service:
Cool, I'm from Wayne, NJ.
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Old 05-12-2005, 02:30 PM   #11
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2. most places will just move the tire / wheel combo from front to back (or back to front) for directional tires, for non-directional they might do some fancy diagonal switcharoo.
Fancy diagonal switcharoo is for FWD or RWD with non-directional tires. AWD likes fancy LF<->LR, RF<->RR switcheroo even with non-directional tires. Because all are drive wheels, a diagonal switch would increase the chance of tread seperation due to the change in direction of forces applied to the tire.
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Old 05-13-2005, 02:48 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the advice guys, greatly appreciated.

Hmm, Mobil 1. How much will SoD charge for labor if I bring my own oil? I gather I need 5quarts for 03 WRX engine?

Hmm, always though about going Mobil 1 but having it done all in the shop was always cost prohibitive. $25 doesn't sound so bad.
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Old 05-13-2005, 03:29 PM   #13
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My name is Wayne, I'm from texas
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Old 05-13-2005, 04:51 PM   #14
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If you bring your own oil, I think the labor is $14 and change. Add an oil filter, and you're set. As a heads up, Mobil 1 5 qt. jug=$23(give or take) at Wally World.



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