high mileage maint
My '92 has 186 on it, and I've had it since 35k. I don't understand the Haynes tip about not changing the fuel filter. Think about it. Filters are there to prevent some catastrophic (expensive) damage to the part it is protecting. Oil filter - don't change it and you're cantaminating the new oil just put in, causing premature bearing wear and lack of cooling. Fuel filter - don't change it and you'll eventually get dirt into the injectors.....ever price out new injectors or cleaning? Air filter - The dirtier it gets, the more restriction to the air flow, causing poor mileage (most X's don't get good mileage anyway) and poor performance. By the way, when you change antifreeze, its a good idea to back flush the system. It takes a little more time, but it loosens and removes the built up scale keeping the radiator fins and internal engine areas clean and better able to remove heat. Adding a can of cooling system flush also helps. I've done this every other year with all my vehicles, and have had no problems. Prestone has a nice little cooling system flush kit. It includes a backflush T and all the other stuff needed to do the job. No big cost. Buy and install it once, and its good for the life of the car. Preventive Maintenance - the key to long vehicle life. Guess driving the "Big Red Truck" at my job helped with my vehicle maintenance program. You don't need to spend alot of money, or take it to a dealer for this work. Just get the main systems serviced and you'll have less expensive problems down the road.