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Old 07-20-2006, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default 2002 SL1 Preventative Maintenance

Hey All,
My name is Fred, I'm new to the site, glad to see such a vibrant community! I just purchased a 2002 SL1 with only 12k miles on it. Other than brakes it passed inspection, and now I'm thinking about preventative maintenance, based on other people's experiences. It seems that replacing the ECTS would be a good idea, and it's something I could handle. I've also seen many posts related to the intake gasket, probably something I'd take to the shop.

Anyway, my question is, what symptoms would indicate problems with these parts, and might should I tackle them now, before the symptoms appear?

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Old 07-20-2006, 03:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2002 SL1 Preventative Maintenance

I responded to your welcome thread too, so check there. The ECTS is brass out of the factory, so no worries, they switched in 2001. The intake gasket will leak eventually, the 2002s are extremely prone to it, it seems.

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Old 07-21-2006, 02:30 AM   #3
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ECTS is updated like Uzzy said, intake manifold a possibility, that is about it on the pattern failures....

As far as the preventative maintenance, I would flush your coolant, 5 years will be up soon, and probably just a tune up (plugs and possibly wires) and get your battery tested if it is original.

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Old 07-21-2006, 12:04 PM   #4
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Cool, thanks guys! I'll keep an eye out for symptoms of the intake gasket. I have a friend down the street with a 2001 SL1, he had that same problem. C'yall around!
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