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Tune Up for 100000 miles

I have a 2003 Honda Civic that will be needing a major tune up by the beginning of the year or later. I know I have to change the timing belt. But what else should I be looking for at 100000 miles when I go talk to a mechanic?
<br/> How much do they usualy cost?I am female so I don't want to get ripped off.


  • edited September 2007
    The best place to find out what should be done is your car's Bible. They call it an owner's manual.
  • edited September 2007

    And, it is found in the glove compartment. Those who do not read and follow the advice contained in that book usually regret it.

    By following the well-meaning suggestions for maintenance that you may get from your question, you could wind up skipping something vital or doing something that is not necessary. And, since nobody could possibly give you better advice than the people who designed and built your car, you should do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with the maintenance procedures that are specified in the Owner's Manual. The manual will give you the total picture of what needs to be done.
  • edited September 2007
    Today, the word "tune-up" means NOTHING. Don't ever use it when requesting service. As others have said, do what the owners manual says to do but DON'T call this a "tune-up"..
  • edited September 2007
    I've never looked at the owners manual for a civic, are they really comprehensive enough to address everything that should be done at the 100K mile point? Just asking, I don't really know. I wouldn't want the OP to get the impression that anything not explicitly called out in the owners manual is unnecessary for the life of the car.

    I would also seek out a good independent mechanic that specializes in honda (or at least asian cars) and ask his advice, especially if you are interested in keeping the car for the long term.

    I agree that the term "tune up" has become meaningless.
  • edited September 2007
    The documentation that comes with a new car tells you EVERYTHING you need to know to take care of your car. That's why they call it an "Owner's Manual." Read and follow the manual. It's the best thing you can do, regardless of the make and model of your car.
  • edited September 2007
    A high cost does not mean that you're being ripped off.
    Also, one should never allow spark plugs to remain in an engine for 100k miles.
  • edited September 2007
    Expect about $5~600 for the timing belt/water pump and maybe $100 for spark plugs/wires and air filter.
    So, maybe $800 for all of it, and expect to leave the car there either overnight, or for atleast 4~5 hours, because the engine needs to cool down before they climb into it for the TB/WP
  • edited September 2007
    That may be a bit of an overstatement. Does your owner's manual address every fluid in your car (or does it try to tell you that you have some "lifetime fluids")? Does it address all the hoses and belts that will ever have to be replaced? Does it assume things like motor mounts will last the life of the car? What about servicing wheel bearings and replacing shocks/struts?

    Your statement only makes sense if you consider everything beyond the scope of the manual to be a repair, not maintenance. IMHO, the owners manual tells you about 5% of what you (or your mechanic) really needs to know to take care of your care (at least if you intend to keep it much beyond the warrantee period).
  • edited September 2007

    if you dont know any good reputable mechanics in your area, ask others at work who they recommend. if not at work, another social club (church, school, etc)

    usually a recommendation is the best way to go, and take the owners manual in with you and discuss what NEEDS to be done, versus what MAY need to be done. let the mechanic know you dont have unlimited finances, and this is just a normal 100k maintenance visit.

    if you can't get a recommendation, go to the HOME page and look up by your zip code. this usually gives you some suggestions and comments based on others input.
  • edited September 2007
    In 2003, my mechanic replaced the timing belt (part cost $60), water pump ($79) the belt tensioner ($60), tensioner roller ($48), two serpentine belts ($45) and antifreeze ($8) on my 1998 Camry for a total labor charge of $331 and total parts cost of $299. His labor rate at the time was $65/hr, he now charges $75. I got his name from the Car Talk mechanic list.
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