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04-30-2009, 04:18 AM
So i've got an 02 Grand Am 3.4 V6. I've been driving it for a few years or more and never really done anything to it.

It's got about 148,000 km on it and since i've been driving it i've never changed the plugs, wires etc or anything else for that matter. Just the regular oil changes which i'm late doing now lol.

I was wondering if theres a list or if someone can point out the things that I should have done to the car to keep it running smooth. I'm sure there is probably quite a few things I should have done over the years but I never ended up doing.


Lab Rat
04-30-2009, 05:15 AM
Um, the manual has all the basic schedule and at what time intervel.

04-30-2009, 09:57 PM
lol ^^see above^^

oil, air filter, plugs, wires, 02 sensors, FUEL FILTER, tranny filter/fluid change, watch the LIM gasket....

05-05-2009, 08:01 PM
Timing chain should be done around then too

05-06-2009, 11:43 AM
holy crap. anyone know what it would cost to do all that stuff, most i'd do myself like the plugs, wires etc

05-06-2009, 11:46 AM
Oil : 50
Plugs/wire : 75
Fuel: 20
Timing: 500~
Water pump: 75~

So like 700$

05-07-2009, 12:04 PM
sorry for being stupid but how can you tell if your LIM gasket is bad??

05-07-2009, 12:08 PM

05-07-2009, 03:58 PM
You're getting close to 92,000 miles. They say 5 years or 50k miles for the long life coolant, so if you've never changed the coolant it's definitely due! Do a coolant flush and fill it with a 50/50 mix of new long life coolant and distilled water.

100k miles is usually the recommended time to put in new spark plugs and a new O2 sensor as well. I recommend replacing the fuel filter every 2-3 at least, so you probably need that. Same with the air filter... if it hasn't been changed it's probably very dirty. I'd also recommend changing the transmission fluid and filter at this point.

So for a quick summary.
-coolant change
-trans fluid and filter change
-air filter
-spark plugs
-O2 sensor
-fuel filter