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Old 02-17-2014, 09:47 PM   #1
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High mileage maintenance ideas?

So far I've done
Waterpump
Thermostat and housing
Radiator
Upper and lower radiator hoses
Lower hose temp sensor
Expansion tank
Expansion tank mounting bracket
Aluminum Waterpump pulley
Ac belt and tensioner
Serp belt and tensioner
Idler pulley
Metal bleeder screw
Fan clutch
Fan blade

To be done...waiting for parts to come in
Vanos repair kit from i6motorworks stage 2 kit
Valve cover gasket
DISA o-ring
spark plugs
Aluminum Power steering pulley (mine has a little crack from when my fan blades flew into everything)

Currently over 285,000 KM not miles




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Old 02-17-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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You may want to think about the suspension. FCABs, RTABs, control arms, struts and shocks.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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You may want to think about the suspension. FCABs, RTABs, control arms, struts and shocks.
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What do the first two that you mentioned stand for?
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FCAB = front control arm bushings
RTAB = rear trailing arm bushings
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:06 PM   #5
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FCAB = front control arm bushings
RTAB = rear trailing arm bushings
Should I get these off ecs or is there any better sites
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:27 PM   #6
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A couple of thread on the topics. They're dated but well worth reading.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=523207

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=596405
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:49 PM   #7
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I've done front control arm bushings before. If you need a hand let me know. Also my car has 373,000 km, so your baby could still go for quite a while if you take care of it.
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You may want to think about the suspension. FCABs, RTABs, control arms, struts and shocks.

+1

-Fuel filter!!! Asap bruh!
-Seafoam, i seafoam my biatch once every 4-6 months (via the brake booster vac line), then the tank, and in the oil 100-200 mi before an OC. YouTube it

-Springs.
Go meyle hd on the bushing and arms. Also look into reinforcement plates. Keep an eye on the fuel pump.
-Oil filter housing gasket, prone to leaks- gotta do mine soon; half a qt of oil lost every 2-3 weeks for now.

-Brakes? Bled yet? Lines good? Had one pop on me at a red light!!! Go ss!


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Old 02-18-2014, 06:41 AM   #9
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I've done front control arm bushings before. If you need a hand let me know. Also my car has 373,000 km, so your baby could still go for quite a while if you take care of it.
How much are you puttting around to keep her running every year? Also thanks for the offer ill probably be doing that soon once ive dealt with the mechanical problems im having right now.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:47 AM   #10
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+1

-Fuel filter!!! Asap bruh!
-Seafoam, i seafoam my biatch once every 4-6 months (via the brake booster vac line), then the tank, and in the oil 100-200 mi before an OC. YouTube it

-Springs.
Go meyle hd on the bushing and arms. Also look into reinforcement plates. Keep an eye on the fuel pump.
-Oil filter housing gasket, prone to leaks- gotta do mine soon; half a qt of oil lost every 2-3 weeks for now.

-Brakes? Bled yet? Lines good? Had one pop on me at a red light!!! Go ss!


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Helps man, thanks for including manufacturer names Itll make it easier when I need to decide on which ones to get
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How much are you puttting around to keep her running every year? Also thanks for the offer ill probably be doing that soon once ive dealt with the mechanical problems im having right now.
PO never DIYed, from the records I would estimate that he spent about 3K a year for everyting including oil changes, tires, but that is not including the automatic transmission replacement at 270,000 km. If you DIY I would say $800 in parts every year from now, assuming tranny and engine doesn't go. I've had the car for about 3 months now and already spent about 600 for front brakes, control arm bushings and cooling system. Fuel injectors are next and that's not gonna be cheap.
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I'm averaging $1000 per year throughout 2 years of ownership. All the work was done by me.
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