I've been reading that a modern tune up is pretty easy to do. I have
novice experience but I have changed distributor caps and plugs in the
past - 15 years ago. Is there anything that would be too difficult on
You dont say how old your car is ?
If it is a fairly modern vehicle and not too many miles ? just throw
a new set of plugs into it .(thats what the shops call a tuneup today
and charge you an arm and a leg for)If it has a lot of miles ? it MAY
need a valve adjustment.
Change the air filter if necessary and the cabin filter as well on the
As well as an oil and filter change if needed
I WOULDNT TOUCH THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP UNLESS ITS GIVING YOU A
PROBLEM(cracked , hard to start etc.) Theres an old maxim , "if it
aint broke dont fix it".
If its 7.5 years old it wouldnt hurt to change the ignition wires with
OEM or better
Check your owners manual for timing belt change . Its also wise to get
the water pump changed at the same time , the pump is in proximity to
the belt(at least it was on my`86 Accord )the labour is the same , you
dont want to change the belt ,and then a year or so down the road have
to change the pump, with the resulting same labor charge.
All otherposters on here have given you GOOD advice .
Yeah I was thinking about changing the water pump at the same time but
I also read on other boards about people who had to change their new
water pump after another 25k after replacing a perfectly good water
pump when they changed their timing belt. I've had a checkered past
with water pumps. Almost every car I've had needed one changed every
other year. Don't know if it's something I was doing wrong or what but
I'm really wary about changing a water pump that's working fine -
though it does make sense to change it with the timing belt.
Seesm strange ? I have changed my water pumps when I did the timing
belts and never had a problem
I used OEM pumps and the recomended type of anti-freeze(silicon-free)
silicon type anti-freeze will eat the impellers and seals on some ,
including OEM water-pumps.
Yes, it is. For example, your 2000 Civic has electronic
ignition. Timing rarely needs to be adjusted as a result.
Checking it seems a good idea, though. With my much older
1991 Civic (also electronic ignition), the only time I find
any significant variation from the required timing is after
having the distributor housing off. It is the angular
position of the housing that sets the timing.
Do you have an owner's manual? It has what's called a
"maintenance schedule" printed in it telling how often plugs
etc. should be changed. If you do not have an owner's
manual, then to get one, try some of the resources at
No, not with this background. At an age of 7.5 years, I
would change the plugs, air filter, distributor cap and
rotor, and check the resistance of the ignition wires. Oil
changes etc. should be done per the maintenance schedule
(ignore the advice of dealers re oil changes).
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