Maintenance recommendations for 1999 CRV
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    Maintenance recommendations for 1999 CRV

    Hi all,

    I just bought a 1999 CRV with 120,000 miles on it. No record of timing belt being changed so I assume it hasn't. What are the recommended maintenance steps I should take?

    DIY:
    Oil change - mobile 1 5w-20 (winters in wisconsin could get to -20F)
    oil filter - the most expensive one?
    air filter - ?
    transmission fluid - Honda ATF 4x refill
    Rear diff - ?
    plugs - ?

    Mechanic:
    timing belt, drive belts, water pump, some kind of gaskets and valve adjustment. ~$1,000?

    Please make some recommendations about what brands to buy and anything else I should do. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck1441;64864

    Oil change
    oil filter - honda is fine
    air filter - k&n or honda is fine
    transmission fluid - Honda fluid
    Rear diff - Honda ONLY fluid
    plugs - and if your like me the cap and rotor. NGK ONLY on the plugs

    Mechanic:
    timing belt, drive belts, water pump, valve cover and oil pan gaskets and [B
    valve adjustment.[/B] Also the fuel filter if you want to diy. Also radiator fluid diy.
    Thats all I have for now. You could also do the oil pump while your there, it's up to you... it is the heart of the engine though.

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    Thanks for the info, is the oil pump a job for the mechanic as well? I've never heard of it.

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    yep. It gets done while the timing belt is changed, but is easy.

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    Thanks again!

    What brand wires? NGK again? Is it worth it to spend 2x as much for the 'upgraded' wires?

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    The NGK are 40 bucks and say this:

    HE82 NGK
    Fit Note: A coil wire is not required for this application. The Bosch 09 811 wire set utilizes dielectrically superior 1-piece spark plug connectors. These "click-to-fit" connectors may look different but are less troublesome than the 3-piece plug connectors used in other wire sets.

    The MSD Ignition are 90 bucks and say:

    MSD CUSTOM FIT 8.5 MM SUPER CONDUCTOR SPARK PLUG WIRE SET, RED -- Assembled, RFI Suppression, Stock Distributor Terminal End, Provides Extremely Low Resistance Combined With The Ability To Suppress High EMI, Features Copper Alloy Conductor With A Resistan


    What do you think?

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    Well, oil change, oil filter, and air filter have been changed.

    I'm still looking for recommendations for plug wires and rotor and cap. But I noticed some serious wear on the drive belts when under the car, so I'd better get that fixed asap.

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    Don't forget about the cabin air filter. If it's never been changed, it could be pretty bad. Your air will blow better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck1441 View Post
    Hi all,

    I just bought a 1999 CRV with 120,000 miles on it. No record of timing belt being changed so I assume it hasn't. What are the recommended maintenance steps I should take?

    DIY:
    Oil change - mobile 1 5w-20 (winters in wisconsin could get to -20F)
    oil filter - the most expensive one?
    air filter - ?
    transmission fluid - Honda ATF 4x refill
    Rear diff - ?
    plugs - ?

    Mechanic:
    timing belt, drive belts, water pump, some kind of gaskets and valve adjustment. ~$1,000?

    Please make some recommendations about what brands to buy and anything else I should do. Thanks!
    Have a stealership do your timing belt & water pump. (since you don't sound mechanically inclined) Also have your valves adjusted.

    You should use 5w/30 for the winter.
    Get a honda oil filter or a denso.
    Air filter, same honda or denso.
    Tranny fluid also honda.
    Rear diff honda.
    Plugs ngk or denso.

    Also have the stealership install a new cap & rotor, pcv valve, fuel filter & wires if they are shot. All this & it should run like new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "G" View Post
    Have a stealership do your timing belt & water pump. (since you don't sound mechanically inclined) Also have your valves adjusted.

    You should use 5w/30 for the winter.
    Get a honda oil filter or a denso.
    Air filter, same honda or denso.
    Tranny fluid also honda.
    Rear diff honda.
    Plugs ngk or denso.

    Also have the stealership install a new cap & rotor, pcv valve, fuel filter & wires if they are shot. All this & it should run like new.
    You are right, I'm not very mechanical. Are the cap and rotor that hard to change? I've changed spark plugs before.

    I ended up just going to walmart and buying mobil 1 5w-30 for $22, a fram air filter ~$10, and their 'toughguard' oil filter ~$6.

    Then I went to autozone and got a cabin air filter ~$20, bosch plug wires ~$40, and ngk 'v' copper plugs ~$8, and their 'gold' level cap and rotor ~$40.

    I'm going to call around to get some quotes for the timing belt, drive belts, water pump and valve job.

    Anyone have any experience what they paid for the above work, just so I get a starting point to see if the quotes I'm getting are way off the mark?

    And a big 'thank you' to everyone for helping me!

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