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Old 11-09-2010, 08:16 AM
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I was suggested 2 this forum site by internet search& am looking 2 learn more of my car maint. I purchased Lucas brand transmission cleaner& was wondering how accurate& realistic it is 2 use in my everyday use cars. Is it gimmicy 2 sell 2 random jerks or is it actually helpful for me 2 use this in modern cars?

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If you go by the factory recoomended service intervals your car will last a loong time..A friend of mine has done that and is still driving her 89 blazer after 22 years of service and it has a lot of miles on it..use the factory recommended oils and fluids..

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2 novice 4 this forum?

Awesome, thank you. I am trying 2 reteach myself how 2 care for my own vehicals& know the basics but look forward 2 getting more advanced with carcare. If I am 2 novice 4 this classic& advanced car forum tell me, I don't want 2 b in the wrong set up 4 petty questions. I figured asking people who do restoration& whatnot, as aposed 2 just everyday people will get me more accurate answers
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As far as fluids go there are a few things that I have seen make a big difference-

Use Valvoline Synthetic or Mobil 1 oil, a Wix filter, and change it every 3,000 miles. Some say this is way overkill, and some people like myself like getting 500,000 miles out of an engine.

Run Marvel Mystery oil in your gas a few times a month to keep the system clean, running it every fill up doesn't hurt but forgetting every now and then won't kill ya.

change the filters as recommended, more often if driven in severe conditions (like my air filter in our quarry work truck).

Use only good fresh gas from a reputable supplier.

in cold seasons drive it very gently until the engine warms up.

change your trans, power steering, and differential fluid as recommended and use the best fluids you can find- its money well spent.
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It's OK to completely type out words here. We are reading forum questions and responses on computer monitors - not little bitty cell phone screens.
Save the 2's and 4's for your texting friends and you might even get a few more answers to your question(s).
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I was suggested 2 this forum site by internet search& am looking 2 learn more of my car maint. I purchased Lucas brand transmission cleaner& was wondering how accurate& realistic it is 2 use in my everyday use cars. Is it gimmicy 2 sell 2 random jerks or is it actually helpful for me 2 use this in modern cars?
Being basically cheap, I have resisted investing in oils or lubes that were not specifically prescribed for my car by the factory. Every time I add a car or truck to the rolling stock, I like to get online and get all the books for that particular model from Faxon Literature. There is nothing quite as nice as sitting down and reading about your ride from the folks who engineered it and put it together.

Just one example and I'll get down off my soapbox. I purchased a new '94 Nissan Quest minivan to use in our business. Because transmissions for these were very expensive to fix or replace, I set out on a maintenance schedule that I have use with other vehicles in the past. I changed the engine oil and filter each 2500 miles and changed the transmission fluid each 10,000 miles. Just pulling the plug at the pan, I could get only about 6 qts out of the transmission each time, so it wasn't like I was changing all the transmission fluid every time. There was still a considerable volume of fluid in the torque converter. But I did get enough of it changed to make a difference.

When I sold that van, it had 195,000 miles on it and still shifted like the day I bought it. I suspect that folks who didn't change the fluid on a regular basis were just gettin' ready to buy their 3rd transmission. It burned no engine oil between oil changes either. Spark plugs looked good right to the end.
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Ok 1st of all thank u 2 all the great/ helpful responses, I will b putting all of them 2 good use. As far as "tnovot"s response, did u enjoy going out of yer way 2 accomplish rudeness? Didn't yer mother teach u if u can't say anything nice don't say anything at all? And yes,I am using an "itty bitty cell phone screen" & proud of it, and I might go text my friends when I'm done writting this. Take yer negativity elsewhere son.

It seems as if I am stepping on angry/unsolicited toes here, so I shall look up my car questions elsewhere. Thank u again 2 those who helped in a positive manner.
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