Basically that, yeah. It sounds simple but you'd be surprised how many people treat their cars like magical perpetual motion machines. Especially when people buy into the meme that Japanese cars only need oil changes.
Exactly. Also gentler acceleration until oil is warm. Rule of thumb is 2 miles per cylinder until oil and block are warm. If it's a turbo, you'll need to cool it down after intensive use, too. A few minutes (say 10) of low-boost running around is good enough.
>>14203228 Yes, and when a CEL comes on you don't ignore it and keep driving for months on end. This is also why you don't buy cars driven by women, and "lady driven" listed like it's a positive thing in a craigslist post should actually be taken like a huge fucking red flag.
Not really specific to any one post but just a general note, change your fuel filter every year and your fuel pump every 100k miles. This is excessive but unless you have to drop the tank to get to the pump it'll save you a lot of headache, people always neglect the fuel system and fuel system failure is a massive pain in the ass to have happen to you.
>>14203190 10 minutes is actually quite excessive for cool down. 2-3 minutes of off boost running should be adequate. I wouldn't idle either the volume flow of oil through the turbo would be reduced, which is a bad.
>>14203320 Nice, you sound on your way. You may also need to replace some suspension components along the way since your car has a hard suspension, those items may be a bit more susceptible to wear over time compared to a normal vehicle.
>>14203337 getting coil overs next month, friend owns a shop so ill get them almost half price.
still contemplating supercharging it, but it'll void the 5 year warranty but i doubt the stock engine will fuckup in the next 5 years anyway so I might as well, read some reviews on certain ones that are highly reliable ill keep doing my study on them and find out the best one.
>>14203291 If you really want to go above and beyond, look up a dealer service schedule. I've only ever really done this with BMWs so I don't know what it's like on other cars but I have a service manual that has "BMW inspection 1" and so on with intervals at which each inspection should be done. If you look online generally somebody from a dealership will have listed what actually goes into these inspections and you can take a few hours and do it yourself.
>>14203350 If you have an 86 I think I heard of one supercharger kit coming with a 3 year warranty or something along those lines, though the requirements to qualify for the warranty were strict if I recall.
>>14203401 This is what I read when I was buying my new car, here's what the dude said:
"Most people, even driving enthusiasts do not realize that 90% of engine (and powertrain) "wear" happens at engine start up and during the warm up cycle. The colder it is outside, the more extreme and accelerated this "wear and tear" is. The goal to minimizing this (bad) wear, is to get your engine fully warmed up in the quickest way possible AND to minimize the number of cold starts during a "cycle". It is important to note that an engine and other powertrain components are usually made out of different types of metals, including alloys. All respond to heat and friction differently, and all have shown to have different bedding-in qualities. For instance, steel and iron is much more durable and more resistant to friction wear than say aluminum or other alloys. It is even MORE important during engine break-in to minimize cold engine start ups and idling. The absolute worst driving habit a new car owner can do is start their engine and just let it sit there at idle speed. Idling puts no load on the engine, provides minimal lubrication on moving parts and takes much longer for the engine to warm up. As metal warms up, it tends to change shape. In fact, some engine parts are designed to change their overall shape when they get to normal operating temps (some pistons, with oval sideskirts are a perfect example... as the piston heats up, the sideskirts go from oval to round). Idling also wastes fuel. The only exception to the "no idle" rule is on days where outside temps are 0 degrees or less. Then it is actually beneficial to start the engine and let it idle for 10 seconds. However, the best driving procedure for extremely cold days (especially during the break-in) is not to drive the car at all.
Follow your factory service schedule and your car SHOULD be fine. Unless they really fucked up their research when they wrote it.
Also, a big thing with maintenance I have noticed over the years of working on cars is do not cheap out when it comes to ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, etc.. and do BOTH sides at the same time even if only 1 side is bad. Uneven wear on 2 different sides get's fucking annoying after awhile. There is a lot of people that do this because they are lazy or cheap out. To include professional mechanics.
>>14203401 Electric chokes make the car run excessively rich, which will wash buildup off of cylinder walls and trickle down into your oil and dilute it with fuel and gunk. Not really a problem if you change your oil often
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