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If you do your own maintenance on your car - getting any of that done in the winter without a garage is next to impossible. If it's not 10° outside, there's snow on the ground or something. Thankfully today was one of the anomalies that allowed me to get some work done - using Jen's parents driveway that is.

It was about 40° today and sunny. Wasn't going to pass that up. What did I have to do? Um... spark plugs, oil, transmission fluid... as a start anyway. I'm sure I could find more things to do on another day (clean the interior maybe?) but that was enough for one day.

Filled it up with some Redline MT-90 transmission fluid. Mobil 1 5W-30 oil... and some OEM Toyota spark plugs. Was actually the first time I've changed the spark plugs - but the OEM plugs theoretically should last some where around 100k miles. I just passed 80k.

Probably spent about $100 on everything (and had to order most of it online) but it should be worth it. I was about 100 miles overdue on the oil change and not sure when I last flushed the transmission. Should be good to go until sometime in late spring now. I haven't been putting a ton of miles on or anything so everything should last a while - and I shouldn't be changing spark plugs again while I own the car.

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2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Winter Maintenance is Hard”

  • Brett Bourdette

    February 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    anytime you need some shelter for car work let me know. I have a shop with lift and all sorts of tools.

  • ack154

    February 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks Brett. I’ll be keeping that in mind.