Maintenance schedule, 2000 Solara

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Old 03 Aug 2006, 08:15 am   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2000 Solara, V6, manual transmission, second owner, 43,000
miles. I bought the car at 4 yr/28000 miles. Previous owner changed
the oil every 6 months. No other maintenance done. I had the
vehicle inspected by the dealer at purchase and replaced a CV boot.

I change the oil every 6 months/<50,000 miles. I waited 10 months
this time and the oil color on the dipstick is still gold, darker
than fresh out of the bottle, but not black or even brown. Also
changed the air filter about 9 months ago.

I skipped the maintenance by the dealer at 30,000 mile because the
coolant fluid looked nice light red, and the transmission is manual.
On the coolant, I'm looking at it in the reservoir though as there's
no fill cap on the radiator. Is there sufficient mixing of the
coolant from the radiator to the reservoir to use the reservoir as an
indicator? The coolant looks a little darker now in the reservoir, I
think.

At 6.5 yr/43,000 miles, I'm thinking I should have the dealer do the
30,000 mile maintenance :-). I know, should have just done it at
30,000.

Question: Can the timing belt and spark plugs wait? I've exceeded
the time but not miles for those. Manual says 4 yr/60,000 miles for
both. Is a timing belt inspection easy to do, or is it difficult
even to get a look at it? I'm thinking of asking the dealer to
inspect it and replace if necessary.

Thoughts?

Paul S.


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Old 03 Aug 2006, 08:24 am   #2 (permalink)
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Earlier I wrote:

> I change the oil every 6 months/<50,000 miles.


Um, make that < 5,000 miles.

Paul S.

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Old 03 Aug 2006, 08:38 am   #3 (permalink)
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"Paul Stivers" <pstivers3RemoveThis@comcast.net> wrote in message
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>I have a 2000 Solara, V6, manual transmission, second owner, 43,000
> miles. I bought the car at 4 yr/28000 miles. Previous owner changed
> the oil every 6 months. No other maintenance done. I had the
> vehicle inspected by the dealer at purchase and replaced a CV boot.
>
> I change the oil every 6 months/<50,000 miles. I waited 10 months
> this time and the oil color on the dipstick is still gold, darker
> than fresh out of the bottle, but not black or even brown. Also
> changed the air filter about 9 months ago.
>
> I skipped the maintenance by the dealer at 30,000 mile because the
> coolant fluid looked nice light red, and the transmission is manual.
> On the coolant, I'm looking at it in the reservoir though as there's
> no fill cap on the radiator. Is there sufficient mixing of the
> coolant from the radiator to the reservoir to use the reservoir as an
> indicator? The coolant looks a little darker now in the reservoir, I
> think.
>
> At 6.5 yr/43,000 miles, I'm thinking I should have the dealer do the
> 30,000 mile maintenance :-). I know, should have just done it at
> 30,000.
>
> Question: Can the timing belt and spark plugs wait? I've exceeded
> the time but not miles for those. Manual says 4 yr/60,000 miles for
> both. Is a timing belt inspection easy to do, or is it difficult
> even to get a look at it? I'm thinking of asking the dealer to
> inspect it and replace if necessary.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Paul S.



I would not wait 10 months with an oilchange. Color is usually not a good
indicator for the remaining life of additives in the oil. Therefore, even
with less than 5000 miles, I would change as a minimum every 6 months.
(Think sludge!)

As to the timing belt, follow the manual. The belt material ages under the
influence of time, stress and mileage. Yours, after 6.5 years seems to be
overdue (Think peace of mind!)

As to the spark plugs, it's your call. BTW, the new iridium plugs will last
up to 120K miles.


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Old 03 Aug 2006, 08:45 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Paul Stivers" <pstivers3RemoveThis@comcast.net> wrote in message
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>I have a 2000 Solara, V6, manual transmission, second owner, 43,000
> miles. I bought the car at 4 yr/28000 miles. Previous owner changed
> the oil every 6 months. No other maintenance done. I had the
> vehicle inspected by the dealer at purchase and replaced a CV boot.
>
> I change the oil every 6 months/<50,000 miles. I waited 10 months
> this time and the oil color on the dipstick is still gold, darker
> than fresh out of the bottle, but not black or even brown. Also
> changed the air filter about 9 months ago.
>
> I skipped the maintenance by the dealer at 30,000 mile because the
> coolant fluid looked nice light red, and the transmission is manual.
> On the coolant, I'm looking at it in the reservoir though as there's
> no fill cap on the radiator. Is there sufficient mixing of the
> coolant from the radiator to the reservoir to use the reservoir as an
> indicator? The coolant looks a little darker now in the reservoir, I
> think.
>
> At 6.5 yr/43,000 miles, I'm thinking I should have the dealer do the
> 30,000 mile maintenance :-). I know, should have just done it at
> 30,000.
>
> Question: Can the timing belt and spark plugs wait? I've exceeded
> the time but not miles for those. Manual says 4 yr/60,000 miles for
> both. Is a timing belt inspection easy to do, or is it difficult
> even to get a look at it? I'm thinking of asking the dealer to
> inspect it and replace if necessary.
> Thoughts?
>
> Paul S.




I would not wait 10 months with an oilchange. Color is usually not a good
indicator for the remaining life of additives in the oil. Therefore, even
with less than 5000 miles, I would change as a minimum every 6 months.
(Think sludge!)

As to the timing belt, follow the manual. The belt material ages under the
influence of time, stress and mileage. Yours, after 6.5 years, seems to be
overdue (Think peace of mind!)

As to the spark plugs, it's your call. BTW, the new iridium plugs will last
up to 120K miles.


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Old 03 Aug 2006, 10:55 am   #5 (permalink)
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"Paul Stivers" <pstivers3RemoveThis@comcast.net> wrote in message
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>I have a 2000 Solara, V6, manual transmission, second owner, 43,000
> miles. I bought the car at 4 yr/28000 miles. Previous owner changed
> the oil every 6 months. No other maintenance done. I had the
> vehicle inspected by the dealer at purchase and replaced a CV boot.
>
> I change the oil every 6 months/<50,000 miles. I waited 10 months
> this time and the oil color on the dipstick is still gold, darker
> than fresh out of the bottle, but not black or even brown. Also
> changed the air filter about 9 months ago.
>


Hopefully, you meant 5,000 miles and not 50,000 miles!

> I skipped the maintenance by the dealer at 30,000 mile because the
> coolant fluid looked nice light red, and the transmission is manual.
> On the coolant, I'm looking at it in the reservoir though as there's
> no fill cap on the radiator. Is there sufficient mixing of the
> coolant from the radiator to the reservoir to use the reservoir as an
> indicator? The coolant looks a little darker now in the reservoir, I
> think.


Yes, looking at the coolant in the reservoir is a good indication of the
condition of the coolant in the radiator.
>
> At 6.5 yr/43,000 miles, I'm thinking I should have the dealer do the
> 30,000 mile maintenance :-). I know, should have just done it at
> 30,000.
>
> Question: Can the timing belt and spark plugs wait? I've exceeded
> the time but not miles for those. Manual says 4 yr/60,000 miles for
> both. Is a timing belt inspection easy to do, or is it difficult
> even to get a look at it? I'm thinking of asking the dealer to
> inspect it and replace if necessary.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Paul S.
>
>


I would wait until the mileage interval rather than the time interval for
the spark plugs and timing belt. The timing belt will deteriorate somewhat
with time but unless you are going double the time interval, I wouldn't
worry.

A timing belt inspection is not too difficult, basically it involves
removing a few bolts on the timing belt cover.
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Ray O
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Old 07 Aug 2006, 09:21 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Paul Stivers wrote:
> I have a 2000 Solara, V6, manual transmission, second owner, 43,000
> miles. I bought the car at 4 yr/28000 miles. Previous owner changed
> the oil every 6 months. No other maintenance done. I had the
> vehicle inspected by the dealer at purchase and replaced a CV boot.
>
> I change the oil every 6 months/<50,000 miles. I waited 10 months
> this time and the oil color on the dipstick is still gold, darker
> than fresh out of the bottle, but not black or even brown. Also
> changed the air filter about 9 months ago.
>
> I skipped the maintenance by the dealer at 30,000 mile because the
> coolant fluid looked nice light red, and the transmission is manual.
> On the coolant, I'm looking at it in the reservoir though as there's
> no fill cap on the radiator. Is there sufficient mixing of the
> coolant from the radiator to the reservoir to use the reservoir as an
> indicator? The coolant looks a little darker now in the reservoir, I
> think.
>
> At 6.5 yr/43,000 miles, I'm thinking I should have the dealer do the
> 30,000 mile maintenance :-). I know, should have just done it at
> 30,000.
>
> Question: Can the timing belt and spark plugs wait? I've exceeded
> the time but not miles for those. Manual says 4 yr/60,000 miles for
> both. Is a timing belt inspection easy to do, or is it difficult
> even to get a look at it? I'm thinking of asking the dealer to
> inspect it and replace if necessary.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Paul S.

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Old 07 Aug 2006, 09:26 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Paul Stivers wrote:
> I have a 2000 Solara, V6, manual transmission, second owner, 43,000
> miles. I bought the car at 4 yr/28000 miles. Previous owner changed
> the oil every 6 months. No other maintenance done. I had the
> vehicle inspected by the dealer at purchase and replaced a CV boot.
>
> I change the oil every 6 months/<50,000 miles. I waited 10 months
> this time and the oil color on the dipstick is still gold, darker
> than fresh out of the bottle, but not black or even brown. Also
> changed the air filter about 9 months ago.
>
> I skipped the maintenance by the dealer at 30,000 mile because the
> coolant fluid looked nice light red, and the transmission is manual.
> On the coolant, I'm looking at it in the reservoir though as there's
> no fill cap on the radiator. Is there sufficient mixing of the
> coolant from the radiator to the reservoir to use the reservoir as an
> indicator? The coolant looks a little darker now in the reservoir, I
> think.
>
> At 6.5 yr/43,000 miles, I'm thinking I should have the dealer do the
> 30,000 mile maintenance :-). I know, should have just done it at
> 30,000.
>
> Question: Can the timing belt and spark plugs wait? I've exceeded
> the time but not miles for those. Manual says 4 yr/60,000 miles for
> both. Is a timing belt inspection easy to do, or is it difficult
> even to get a look at it? I'm thinking of asking the dealer to
> inspect it and replace if necessary.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Paul S.

You are kidding right? I mean changing the oil every 6 mos/ 50,000
miles?. How many cars have you owned? oil changes every 3-5,000 miles
is the norm. at 50,000 you shouldn't own a car no less a rare 5-spd 6
'lara.

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