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Author: Gothamgal One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 70810  
Subject: Re: Honda Maintenance Date: 7/3/2009 12:23 PM
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Your ac evaporator can get dirty. Do you drive a lot in dusty conditions? This is probably the most "fluffy" of all the recommendations, in my opinion. No, no dusty conditions here.

Coolant-I agree with devoish. OK.

Fuel induction-you can get deposits in your fuel system. If you have a decrease in fuel economy or drivability issues, I'd consider this. Otherwise, fluffy. No, fuel economy is unchanged.

Alignment-your car is six years old. Is it still on the original tires? If so, are they worn evenly? If worn evenly, I'd skip the alignment unless or until the tires needed replacement. If you're doubtful about this, lots of alignment shops will put your car on a rack and check the alignment for you for little or no cost. They will also try to sell you some suspension work in the process, most likely. But your car is either aligned properly or it isn't. I don't consider alignment on a "grocery hauler" part of maintenance. Yes, car is on original tires. I've already budgeted them for replacement next year when my timing belt replacement ($$$) is due. My dealer checkups have included tire wear checking, and they say it is fine--evenly worn and good tread left.

You aren't racing or anything, right? LOL! I'm not exactly the little old lady who drives to church once a week, but throw in some longer trips and I'm darn close!

Some thoughts:

I'd think about changing brake fluid unless it was done with the 30k service. Brake fluid attracts water and water begets rust in your metal brake lines, etc.
Did that a while ago, since the Manual says every 3 years regardless of mileage.

If your tires are original, I'd think hard about replacing them, regardless of how much tread is left. Rubber dry rots and deteriorates with age, and your tires are the most important component of your braking and suspension system. As I noted above, I've planned on doing that precisely for the reasons you give; I was going to wait a year, but perhaps I should consider doing this earlier.

Thanks to all for your replies!
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