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Old 11-25-2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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Maintenance Advice

Need some advice on a few projects I am planning/doing.....

First - It is a 1998 base model with 33K miles. It isn't going to be driven much. It is in the garage for the winter now, so I have plenty of time to do projects.

1- Spark plug change. I just did the plugs yesterday. Unfortunately, I should have read some of the threads about anti-seize first. I did put it on all of the plugs. The car is still up on jack stands for other projects. Should I pull the plugs back out a clean off the anti-seize the best I can, or just leave it? I am planning to change the plugs every other year (Driving 3-5K year).

2 - Brake pads/flushing - Next I am going to bleed the brake fluid. The pads look to be OK, but hard to really tell without taking them out. (How do you measure them?). Since I am already going to bleed brakes, should I just replace the pads while I am at it? What is a good source for brake fluid, and how much will I need to do a flush?

3 - Any other things I should do while I am in there? Oil and various filters have already been done. Maybe serpentine belt?

Any advice would be great!

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Old 11-25-2007, 10:51 AM   #2
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Your plugs should be just fine.

Changing your drive serp belt sounds like a good idea too. They are about $25.

Maybe take-off front bumper and clean out the rads.

Clean-out all of the drain tubes for the top.

Coolant change.

Trans/gear oil.
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Why would putting anti-seize lube on the threads be a bad thing?
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Why would putting anti-seize lube on the threads be a bad thing?
Adam, this was hotly debated several months ago:

http://www.986forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9864&highlight=seize
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Adam, this was hotly debated several months ago:

http://www.986forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9864&highlight=seize

Wow, thank you. That explains a lot....especially since I plan on checking my plugs soon.
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:18 AM   #6
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What do they mean by dry torque? I have always put a dab of Mobile1 engine oil on the threads and under the washer before torqueing. Would this cause overtightening?

Also, a 3/8 drive beam style torque wrench is ideal for plugs!

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