I am planning to have someone I know do a tune up for me and I was thinking of having the following done:
* replace transmission oil
* replace spark plugs
* replace cap and rotor
* replace ingnition wires
(oil and oil filter have just been changed)
I am wondering if anyone can make recommendations when it comes to the spark plugs and ignition wires. Also, can I still buy an original Honda cap and rotor or is it always going to be some other brand that makes it to OEM specs (I always prefer real Honda parts).
Also if anyone can think of something else that would be good to do to a CRX HF with 149K on the engine (and an unclear maintenance history), I appreciate the input.
The most obvious thing to do if you have an unclear maintenance history would be to replace the timing belt. In theory, the car wouldn't run any better after, but it prevents a timing belt failure.
I've heard arguments both ways, but if you do the timing belt, I'd change the water pump as well. It's not an expensive item, and once you're in there for the timing belt, why not? I know if I didn't with my luck, the water pump would go a few weeks after I replaced the timing belt.
And of course, if you replace the water pump, refil it with fresh coolant.
do a cooling system flush (just drain old, run garden hose thru radiator till it comes out clear on the engine output side with engine running. also take off the 2 heater core hoses and run water thru each hose until its clear comming out)
lets see you got
oils been done
check all the other fluids
lube the ball joints and steerign parts
might run around wiht a can of lithium grease on the door hinges
i would really look over the vacum lines, if any are iffy looking(cracked, gets your hands black when touched etc) replace them all.
check all lights and make sure they work(somehting u can do while waiting for stuff to drain etc)
could do a compression check on the cylinders, tells you everythign you need to know about the inside engine parts. that and its always nice to know what the compression is now so IF you have a problem later down the road you can check and see which cilynders are bad.
ah yea, forgot about them, usually thier under $10 per hose and its one of those better replace it before you have to type of things. also replace your thermostat with a new one thier super cheap(like $2)
do a thuro check of all the fuel/brake lines especially if you live in the rust belt. its always an adventure when a brake line blows. also check the brake fluid level, should be clear in color too. if rust colored or foggy have it flushed.
You could also check if your oil pan gasket or head gasket are leaking and replace. Bushings in the suspension all get spongy after so many years same as the motor mounts. Also check, or change your brake fluid. Check charge on a/c (if any). I would also suggest that you just make the whole car like new. Because that would be awesome.