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Old 05-26-2005, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Things to check out at 120k....

Howdy guys. I've been looking aorund for awhile and have ideas etc, but I thought I'd throw this out to the collective intelligence here. My wife's '97 SL2 will be hitting 120k miles in the very near future, and I'm compiling a list of things I need to check on/replace, etc etc. We're had it since 30k and thus far the only things I've had to replace is the O2 sensor (4k ago) and AC compressor. That is, aside from the whole tranny at 45k when it pulled the infamous differential-pin trick... but it was still under warranty so they fixed us up nice.
Valve cover gasket leaks a bit, that's on the list, as is coolant and tranny flush, and of course oil too....
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Old 05-26-2005, 02:05 PM   #2
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Look at your brakes. Very easy job to do front and rear. I would recommend using the SPS website for ATF and filters. They have a great syn ATF, a little pricey, but I did notice smoother shifting after using it. Two flushes this year.

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Old 05-26-2005, 02:51 PM   #3
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I would check the following too: Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Coil Packs and Wiring, Fuel Filter, Oil Pump, Fuses for everything electrical, exhaust, bushings, cv joints, PCV Valve, automatic tranny fluid (or if it's a manual how is the clutch), door locks, wiper blades and wiper motor, windows....

These are the items coming to mind....

When I had my 90,000 mile checkup done at the dealer some many moons ago (I'm at 275,000 miles now!!), they checked everything above and what was mentioned in the previous post about the brakes.

I would also check the battery and alternator, as well as the serpentine belts and all drive belt accessories to make sure that you are still getting a good charge from everything. Check your radiator and radiator hoses.

The valve cover gasket is something that you can replace yourself in about an 1 hour tops. The two top bolts are 10MM star bolts that come out pretty easy, disconnect the map sensor, PCV Valve and intake valve, clean the old gasket off with a putty knife or flathead screwdriver, clean inside of valve cover, put new gasket on and replace the valve cover gasket. Be sure to check your timing chain guides and the chain itself. If you have been good on oil changes and your previous owner was good on oil changes you shouldn't have any problems, look for worn teeth or a loose guide for the timing chain.

Hopefully this will all help and I am sure there are some other things that I missed, but good luck with the upkeep.



Hope this helps....
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All stock ECTS sensor!!!

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Old 05-26-2005, 08:55 PM   #5
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Default Re: Things to check out at 120k....

With it being a 97 when u have the valve cover off put it on a nice and flat surface to see if it is warped. Pretty common on the early plastic covers.
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Old 05-27-2005, 10:42 AM   #6
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Be sure to check your timing chain guides and the chain itself. If you have been good on oil changes and your previous owner was good on oil changes you shouldn't have any problems, look for worn teeth or a loose guide for the timing chain.

Hope this helps....
I have a 96 SC2 can the timing chain and that all be checked without pulling all the crap off the side of the engine?? Otherwise I'd probably just be better off planning to replace it, if i was going to inspect it heh?
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Default Re: Things to check out at 120k....

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You have to take the cam cover off to get to the timing chain. Since the timing chain is located near the pistons and rods, it will be the first thing you see when you take the cam cover off. But there isn't any other way to look at the timing chain without first removing the cam cover.
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Old 05-27-2005, 04:10 PM   #8
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Default Re: Things to check out at 120k....

Ya, I knew that much being a DOHC .. just not sure where these guides or whatever are .. Otherwise to lok at hte rest of the chain will need a good portion of the crap on the side of the engine removed. So taking all that off just to look at the chain would seem pointless.
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