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Old 22 Feb 2005, 06:55 am   #1 (permalink)
JerseyMike
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this LE has 140k on it and still runs great. i try and stay up on stuff for
preventitive maint., what is the schedule for wheel bearings or any other
stuff like that? the car runs *awesome* and we've never even had an
alignment on the car. tire wear is perfect, currently i'm using G/Year
Aquatread3's on it. anyone havve front end issues like idler arms or
linkage trouble w/ a '99 or similar model. my wife drives the car everyday
and isn't a slowpoke on the highway but doesn't beat ont he car.

mike.............


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Old 22 Feb 2005, 07:24 am   #2 (permalink)
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front end issues like idler arms
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Rack and pinion steering has no idler arms - tie rod ends from the
steering rack connect directly to the steering knuckle - provides less
free play in the steering linkage (and is more compact to accommodate
FWD design).
Wheel bearings are sealed units, press fit - no periodic maintenance.
One is supposed to check the ball joints for wear though, by lifting
the front end, placing blocks under the wheels, lowering half way, then
prying at ball joints and checking for zero movement.
Also, one is supposed to check the tie rod ends for play.
I did find, torn rubber seals on the stabilizer bar links and replaced
those - parts alone cost around $70 per side IIRC .
Also, the rubber sway bar bushings are subject to wear front and rear,
but they are easy to replace and inexpensive, parts cost around $20 per
set IIRC.
All in all, you're correct - the cars are built to last.
Primary maintenance items are fluids: brake, trans. engine oil, ps.
fluid.
Also listed under maintenance items, is checking the subframe mounting
bolt torque. You have to remove a plastic underbody cover to access
those in front.
Also listed under maintenance items, is seat mounting bolt torque - the
bolts that hold the seats to the floor.
When checking, I found both the frame bolts and seat bolts to be
slightly loose.
Another often overlooked maintenance item is belt tension - ps. and
alternator. Factory recommends a Burroughs belt tension gauge. I
suspect most techs just "guesstimate". The alt. belt spec. is something
like 120 pounds, and ps. around 80, so I found buying the gauge on eBay
worthwhile. Seemed quite high to me, so at 120 +/- 10, I set to 110
lbs. IIRC first time I checked the alt. belt (30k after dealer timing
belt replacement) it was around 30-40 pounds too loose.
Next time I changed the timing belt myself, tightened the ps. belt as
best I could, checked it a few thousand miles later, and it was around
30-40 pounds too loose. Discovered that by prying with a large
screwdriver in the elongated adjustment slot, I could move the bolt
over far enough to get the right tension.
The Burroughs belt tension gauge is too bulky to fit in the small space
around the ps. pump. The factory manual shows a diagram of a Burroughs
belt tension gauge with an extension that would probably fit, but mine
does not have that, so I use a click type belt tension gauge there.

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Old 25 Feb 2005, 06:21 am   #3 (permalink)
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"JerseyMike" <clamdigger724@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> this LE has 140k on it and still runs great. i try and stay up on stuff

for
> preventitive maint., what is the schedule for wheel bearings or any other
> stuff like that? the car runs *awesome* and we've never even had an
> alignment on the car. tire wear is perfect, currently i'm using G/Year
> Aquatread3's on it. anyone havve front end issues like idler arms or
> linkage trouble w/ a '99 or similar model. my wife drives the car

everyday
> and isn't a slowpoke on the highway but doesn't beat ont he car.
>
> mike.............


No, I dont have any front-end probs with my '96 with 167,000 ks (104,000
miles). There is no free-play in the steering rack.

The single least expensive maint procedure which returns the greatest
dividend, is oil and filter changing on the engine IMO.

Jason


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