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Old 01-31-2006, 03:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Bull is nearing 89k, I've religiously changed the oil in this car and have thus had no lack of performance (my gas mileage is a good 4 mpg BETTER this year than last year, these vulcans must improve with age!!!). I'm wondering, is it a good idea to have the 100,000 mile work done at around 90k? At my next Oil change, I will have also a tranny service done (last done at 64k). Can I wait until 100k, or should I err on the side of caution and do the necessary work at 90k? Plus, outside of changing spark plugs/wires and replacing the PCV valve, what else needs to be done?
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Old 01-31-2006, 10:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You will never, ever hurt anything by doing maintenance early.

Do everything your manual tells you to do at 90K and 100K and you will be in pretty good shape.

On the transmission flush: Make certain if you have it done outside of a dealership that you get -all- the fluid replaced, not just what's in the pan.
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Aside from an oil change and if you don't have any other signs of problems, then wait another 10k miles. Do them one at a time if you like. No one is forcing you to do the maintinance, but it needs to be done, otherwise you will eventually have problems. I did all the my major maintinance at 85k, but I was starting to show signs of wear at that time, so my situation was a little different.

Make sure when you do a transmission flush that you use exactly what fluid is stated in your manual. Don't let anyone tell you it's okay to use another fluid type.

It's a good idea to change the serpentine belt while you do all of that as well. If you can aford it, flush the coolant system as well to prevent any future coolant problems.

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Old 01-31-2006, 11:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks to all who have replied so far, I may get the 100,000 mile service done at my next oil change just to get everything done at the same time. As far as tranny service goes, my tranny was serviced at 45k, just before I bought the car, then I had it serviced at 64k, both times, it was done by Ford Dealers, my next service will be done by a Quick Lane at the Ford Dealer where I bought the car, I was told by them that they don't drop the pan as you don't get all the fluid out that way, they have a special machine they hook up to the tranny that flushes all of the old fluid out. It's totally worth the $110 or $120 they charge for the service as I've had no problems in the past. I changed the Serpentine Belt in my driveway with the help of my Dad and a Haynes Manual back in May at around 70k, bought a NAPA belt for $38.00 and it has a lifetime warranty on it. I just had my oil changed on Saturday, they wanted to change my cabin air filter but unless someone here can talk me out of doing that in my driveway, maybe I'll have that done at the next oil change.
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If you can change your own oil, you can change your own cabin air filter.

I agree: A Mercon V ATF flush is entirely worth $120.
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Cool, man. Sounds like you got it all covered. Just have the plugs changed and have the plug wires and the coil pack tested to see if they're still good.
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My car is 80 miles away from the big 100k. It gets a tune-up (spark plugs, fuel filter, and distributor cap/rotor), oil change, coolant and tranny flush, and what else? I have a K&N and it doesn't need cleaning yet. The serpentine belt was replaced at 93k. I'm in the process of changing the P/S fluid. A/C works fine. Tires aren't too bad. I'm going to get a tranny cooler. I run Chevron gas exclusivly so I don't think the injectors are dirty. Should I change the spark plug wires and coil if they seem to work fine?
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