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  Reply # 2051431 8-Jul-2018 13:11
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MikeAqua:

 

All manufacturers specify similar.  I think it's BS.  Cars don't go off.  I only service by mileage.

 

 

Lucky I do not eat cornflakes while reading geekzone or I'd be coughing them all over my desk.

 

Folks have already mentioned oil and brake fluid but there are loads of things that most certainly do go off.

 

The worst offender is the cam belt. The are generally specced to something like 100,000 kms or 5 years. If you do 10,000 kms per year then I would expect your belt to fail well before the 100,000 mark. The same is true for other drive belts such as those for the water pump, power steering pump, air con etc. The culprit is the slow oxidation of the organic compounds - synthetic or natural rubber. This leads to cracking, hardening and embrittlement.

 

Tyres are also affected by that process and also UV exposure. It's not a big deal on rwd cars as the tyres will never last long enough unless the vehicle is a real garage queen. It can be a problem for fwd cars if the rear tyres are left in place forever as they will wear so slowly that they will start to crack and harden while still having loads of tread. Also, beware of the famous 'spare unused' because it is quite likely also unusable.


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  Reply # 2051437 8-Jul-2018 13:28
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What jobs have I done over the years?

 

Engine oil change.

 

Oil filter change.

 

Gearbox oil change.

 

Differential oil change.

 

Air filter change.

 

Spark plug change.

 

Cylinder head change.

 

Head gasket change.

 

Valve clearance adjust.

 

Valve change.

 

Carburettor clean and service.

 

Battery change.

 

Piston replace.

 

Starter motor replace.

 

Dynamo/alternator replace and rebuild.

 

Brake pads changed.

 

Springs replaced.

 

Shock absorbers replaced.

 

Light bulbs replaced.

 

Wiper blades replaced.

 

Wiper motor and drive assembly removed, overhauled and replaced.

 

Door locks repaired and rebuilt.

 

Fuses replaced.

 

Music systems replaced.

 

Alarms fitted.

 

Tyres changed.

 

Punctures repaired.

 

Radiator replaced.

 

Distributor replaced.

 

Electronic ignition fitted.

 

Contact breakers replaced and retimed.

 

HT leads replaced.

 

Fuel pump replaced.

 

Fuel filter replaced.

 

Fuel hoses replaced.

 

Brake fluid changed.

 

Brakes bled.

 

Brake hoses replaced.

 

Brake pipes replaced.

 

Thermostat replaced.

 

Temperature sensor replaced.

 

Suspension arms replaced.

 

Prop shaft replaced.

 

Steering wheel replaced.

 

Indicator switch replaced.

 

Oil pump replaced.

 

Tow bar fitted and electrics wired for trailer lighting.

 

Body work repairs.

 

Painting.

 

Screen wash pump replaced.

 

There are probably a dozen or so things that I have forgotten too.

 

 


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  Reply # 2051819 9-Jul-2018 10:01
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jpoc:

 

MikeAqua:

 

All manufacturers specify similar.  I think it's BS.  Cars don't go off.  I only service by mileage.

 

 

The worst offender is the cam belt. The are generally specced to something like 100,000 kms or 5 years. If you do 10,000 kms per year then I would expect your belt to fail well before the 100,000 mark. The same is true for other drive belts such as those for the water pump, power steering pump, air con etc. The culprit is the slow oxidation of the organic compounds - synthetic or natural rubber. This leads to cracking, hardening and embrittlement.

 

 

Sure but in the 6 month window recommended ...

 

An annual check is easily adequate.





Mike

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