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Old 10-04-2007, 08:32 PM   #1
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30K maintenance?

My car now has 27K on it and its due for an oil change so I thought why not give it a 30k maintenance while I'm at it. I got access to a lift so i went out and got some stuff. just want to know if i got all I need cuz my friend who has a 996 advised me to do the following.

change oil (M1 0w40).....Im currently running M1 15w50
change oil filter (porsche filter an o ring)
change spark plugs....I heard its done at 60K but alot of people say do it at 30K
change fuel filter....I heard this is done at 60K too.
cabin filter.

material wise it came out to around 200 bucks

My cars previous owner didnt drive it much so I thought I give it a big maintenance. am i doing the right maintenance or do some of these things seem unnecessary?

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Old 10-05-2007, 02:49 AM   #2
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You're on the right track - especially w/ less than meticulous p/o maintenance.

Some other things to do/check/change/consider:
- engine air filter - $40
- change polyrib/serpentine belt (one of the easiest to do once you're there so why not change it out) - $25
- bleed/flush brakes & clutch (should do every 2yrs) - $20 depending on your tool inventory....
- adjust p-brake - $free
- run a bottle of techron thru before doing oil change - $5
- clean front radiators (bumper cover removal) - $free
- lube soft top/clamshell hinges/joints - $10
- check (distilled) water level in battery if OEM Moll
- check AOS for sign of torn bellows or more than a misting of oil in throttle body or j-tube

As for what you are already planning to do....
- good call changing oil to..... M1 0w40
- '01 and later say no plug change until 60K, but I agree you should do now especially at 6yrs old
- I'd be tempted to let fuel filter go but since you have it, why not... let system 'depressurize' overnight before changing - makes it much easier
- cabin filter - yep don't want dirty air getting into a convertible just kidding why not since you have parts and depending on if yours is a daily driver.

That's all I can think of right now. Those should pretty much eat up your Saturday leaving Sunday free to drive around w/ a big smile before watching football

Many of these can be done at one time/simultaneously. Map it out so you don't have to waste time by say pulling rear wheels more than once - i.e plugs, check AOS, bleed clutch/brakes.

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Old 10-05-2007, 09:39 AM   #3
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What is the recommendation for lube for the soft-top/joints/hinges?
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:48 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by meerzee
What is the recommendation for lube for the soft-top/joints/hinges?
Lithium grease.
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