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Posted by jcarey on April 18, 2002 at 17:19:04:

In Reply to: preventitive maintenance posted by Dave Hughes on April 18, 2002 at 16:06:41:

I am assuming you have learned about and dealt with the Nikasil Engine Block issues.

1. Radiator should have been done but if not get it done with the thermostat, water pump, rubber hoses and belts too.
2. The alternator is not a usually a problem discussed here unless you are aware of an electrical problem, no need to worry.
6. The oil pump bolts can back out over time, has this been checked on your car? I don't know what years this effects, but some guys found it.
7. Are the valve cover gaskets leaking?
8. When was the last time it had a full service and tune up? Oil filter, Air Filter, spark plugs
9. The power steering reservoir leaks underneath at hose outlets. Sometimes the hoses themselves seep, but can be replaced DIY if you have the time.
10. Other engine oil leaks ? Clean up the engine and run it for a while untill its hot, then cool it off and inspect for leaks of any kind. Once you find one you're going to have to get it fixed sooner or later.
11. Clean it up underneath and look for other sources of road damage to the undercarrige suspension components and or fluid leaks.
12. Inspect the exhaust system front to back for leaks and damage. Have the catylitic convertors been replaced yet? They'll rattle when bad, so listen to the car from outside a few times.

That's a lot, but it is important to know the condition of these systems on the car to plan your next moves in restoration or maintenance.

Enjoy it, John

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