Hello Scotty, I have a used manual Daihatsu Sirion 2005 1000cc with 57000 miles that i have for…
I have a used manual Daihatsu Sirion 2005 1000cc with 57000 miles that i have for about 2 years now. The only major work i have done to it is change the gear box which was rather cheap 300$ ( previous owner was probably hard on it and was not shifting right ), replaced the brakes pads and disks and patched the exhaust.
Since these repairs the Daihatsu became a little rocket with fast acceleration, good stopping power and a top speed of 100 miles ( which is also the top speed claimed by the manufacturer ).
So since i am happy with my car because it works as expected what preventative maintenance should i do to the car since its old.
I am planning to do an oil/filter change next week ( its been about a year since last change ) along with coolant change ( never done it as long as i have the car, 2 years ). So since the car will be at the mechanic what else should i have him check ?
Spark plugs, fan belt, brake fluid, transmission fluid, tires, check for sludge build up in the gas tank ? maybe something else ?
I am taking some baby steps in car maintenance i can do some basic things myself like :
*Taking the battery out and charging it properly at home. *Tighten throttle cable and clutch cable. *Check tire pressure and tread depth. *Check and top up fluids when appropriate. *Fix noisy power windows *Unclog AC drain pipe etc
Anything else i can check by myself, maybe any oil or fuel additive that does work to condition/protect the engine ? since i don't know how the previous owner treated the car.
I was also wondering if there is an easy way to check the level and quality of the transmission fluid since there is no dip stick for that.
Thank you Chris