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100K mile service - DIY vs. mechanic
Hi folks, long-time browser, first time poster.
My 2004 V6 Accord is at 110K miles and has never had significant service beyond scheduled maintenance. I'm trying to figure what aspects of the 100K services I should do myself vs. taking it to a mechanic (we have a local Honda-only mechanic who is well regarded). I'm also trying to figure out the budget for this endeavor.
I've got access to a garage with a lift and a reasonable set of tools but will be working on my own and can't risk messing up a procedure and putting the car out of service.
My thoughts right now:
- I will do spark plugs and wires, MAF sensor cleaning and Seafoam treatment, coolant flush and fill (by the way I'm looking for the step-by step with pictures for these). With plugs at $15 each and assuming dealer wires this seems like about a $250 project.
- I will let the mechanic do the timing belt and water pump. Not sure what the going rate is for this work.
- I'm on the fence about the transmission fluid service. I think this has only been done once on this car (at 60K) and I'm aware that the recommendation here is for more frequent changes. I guess I have 3 options here: the mechanic, the oil-change place, or DIY. Can this tranny be effectively simply gravity-drained and refilled or is the recommendation for more extensive service? Again, pointers to a sticky or step-by-step welcomed.
What else am I missing?