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kirchmann
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Jun 17, 2012, 9:58 PM

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Hi I am Austen Kirchmann from ST. Patrick’s Technical College and I am currently doing a research project in one of my classes. I am currently researching How to perform a basic service on an Au Fairmont? And I would greatly appreciate it if you could answer some questions to help with my research development.
Questions:
· Would it be better to use a synthetic engine oil rather than real engine oil
· Is there any order that you should service a car e.g. should I change the oil before I change the air filter?
· Can coolant fluid loose its effect of keeping the engine cold after time? If so how often should it be changed?
· Am I better off buying car gaskets and air filters over the internet? (will it be cheaper)
· Should I be doing maintenance checks on my transmission regualy?


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Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 18, 2012, 3:35 AM

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My answers to your questions inserted below.

Questions:
· Would it be better to use a synthetic engine oil rather than real engine oil
A - Proper;y rated oil for the vehicle is enough. Personal but I like properly rated synthetics.
· Is there any order that you should service a car e.g. should I change the oil before I change the air filter?
A - No. It's good to check air filter and replace as needed at oil change recommended intervals.
· Can coolant fluid loose its effect of keeping the engine cold after time? If so how often should it be changed?
A - Ethylene-Glycol based coolant/antifreeze doesn't loose it's freeze protection by itself but additives for anti- corrosion do wear down. Change intervals suggested in operators manual should provide detailed time and mileage/kilometer of when to do that for each vehicle and what type.

· Am I better off buying car gaskets and air filters over the internet? (will it be cheaper?)
A - Your call on that. I suggest original equipped grade of parts used for almost everything.
· Should I be doing maintenance checks on my transmission regularly?
A- Again, follow suggestions for each vehicle for maintenance intervals. Correct fluid or gear oils only. Good to check levels at oil change intervals and when/if found low it should mean you then find out why.

Different vehicles will use different products for fluids. Proper oil viscosity for engine oil and same with gear cases and transmissions.

Some warranties by new car makers may and do require either dealer only parts and fluids up to dealer only service for warranty to remain in effect.

(note - whole page spell checked automatically by my own program for that)

T



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Jun 18, 2012, 5:30 PM

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Hi I am Austen Kirchmann from ST. Patrick’s Technical College and I am currently doing a research project in one of my classes. I am currently researching How to perform a basic service on an Au Fairmont? And I would greatly appreciate it if you could answer some questions to help with my research development.
Questions:
· Would it be better to use a synthetic engine oil rather than real engine oil
· Is there any order that you should service a car e.g. should I change the oil before I change the air filter?
· Can coolant fluid loose its effect of keeping the engine cold after time? If so how often should it be changed?
· Am I better off buying car gaskets and air filters over the internet? (will it be cheaper)
· Should I be doing maintenance checks on my transmission regualy? I'll throw in my two cents for you. Synthetic oil is a rockstar if you are going to live in extremely hot or cold climates or plan to keep a newer car for a very long time. They are superior to conventional oils and the price reflects that. Still, A good brand conventional will last on a well-treated and serviced engine. I have 268,000 miles on my 95 Suburban that has been used for towing and off-road for years. The motor has never been modified or rebuild and fires to life right away. Its never seen synthetic oil ever. As to the order of operations when you perform a service you will find your own groove. The idea is to make it so you don't miss anything. For me, I drop the drain plug without getting too grimy and then look at the things you want to see where you have to get in the car. Check the lights, check anything you need to get inside it for. Its a dirty job on cars so be the cleanest you car or your customer will flip out. I start at the front to back looking for any kind of fluid leaks, wheel bearings, ball joints, brakes. An oil change is a moneymaker if you look close and know what you're looking for. I gets you extra repairs the owner may not know they need. Always remember that a drain plug only has two places. It is in the hole AND tight or off the car. No middle ground. Always double check fluids added until you have the experience. Its easy if things are busy to overlook such a simple thing as adding oil. Go on YouTube and search for Wal-Mart oil change if you want horror stories.



Discretesignals
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Jun 18, 2012, 6:51 PM

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All the way from Australia eh?



St. Patricks's tech school looks like a place I wish I could have gone to when I was going through tech school.







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Jun 19, 2012, 8:30 AM

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And if you had gone there ,you would not have learned a dam thing . About cars that is . Would have been too busy being "down under".


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Discretesignals
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Jun 19, 2012, 9:47 AM

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You got that right! Good one RT...LMAO





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Jun 20, 2012, 2:32 PM

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I spotted a few design flaws with that one. It chatters at high speeds, too much rear end wobble and the intake is placed way too close to the exhaust. Still, I'd ride it.






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