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1998 Lx Tune Up

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hey whats up?

this is my first car and i need to get a tune up. what do i get, how do i do it, and where should i get it.

anything else that will help is also appreciated. thanks.

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Congrats on your first car!!

First, record all work that is done (date, mileage, cost of parts or labor, etc.). This will be helpful when you have to troubleshoot any problems in the future.

Depending how well the car was maintained by the previous owner and how much time/money you want to spend, you can do the following in stages:

Do these basic, less costly, steps:

1) Clean and re-gap spark plugs (replace if worn.......suggest NGK #7090 BKR5EGP)

(1A- Optional for now....replace spark plug wires. I would wait until I really need to replace these......NGK brand $$)

2) Clean or replace air filter

Next:

3) Check oil level and quality of oil.....replace if dirty (also replace the filter when oil changed)

4) Check transmission fluid level.... and replace if dirty or bad/burnt smell*

*Note: Filter is enclosed in transmission, so you can't replace unless you drop the trans...$$$??

Some people do not recommend 'flushing' transmission when replacing fluid. They believe the internal filter will get 'clogged' with the junk inside. They suggest just a 'drip, draining and replace' process.....do a 'Search' on this.

Eventually you will need to do these:

5) Clean IAC valve, carefully:

http://www.mazda626.net/index.php?showtopi...e+wiper+switch#

6) Clean MAF, carefully:

http://www.mazda626.net/index.php?showtopi...ce+wiper+switch

7) Recommend adding an external cooler:

http://www.mazda626.net/index.php?showtopi...ce+wiper+switch

I hope this helps. If you're not experiencing any major problems with your car right now, then just take your time and check each step to see if they 'worked' for you. You will eventually get to know the car better as time goes. Take care and good luck!

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Congrats on your first car!!

First, record all work that is done (date, mileage, cost of parts or labor, etc.). This will be helpful when you have to troubleshoot any problems in the future.

Depending how well the car was maintained by the previous owner and how much time/money you want to spend, you can do the following in stages:

Do these basic, less costly, steps:

1) Clean and re-gap spark plugs (replace if worn.......suggest NGK #7090 BKR5EGP)

(1A- Optional for now....replace spark plug wires. I would wait until I really need to replace these......NGK brand $$)

2) Clean or replace air filter

Next:

3) Check oil level and quality of oil.....replace if dirty (also replace the filter when oil changed)

4) Check transmission fluid level.... and replace if dirty or bad/burnt smell*

*Note: Filter is enclosed in transmission, so you can't replace unless you drop the trans...$$$??

Some people do not recommend 'flushing' transmission when replacing fluid. They believe the internal filter will get 'clogged' with the junk inside. They suggest just a 'drip, draining and replace' process.....do a 'Search' on this.

Eventually you will need to do these:

5) Clean IAC valve, carefully:

http://www.mazda626.net/index.php?showtopi...e+wiper+switch#

6) Clean MAF, carefully:

http://www.mazda626.net/index.php?showtopi...ce+wiper+switch

7) Recommend adding an external cooler:

http://www.mazda626.net/index.php?showtopi...ce+wiper+switch

I hope this helps. If you're not experiencing any major problems with your car right now, then just take your time and check each step to see if they 'worked' for you. You will eventually get to know the car better as time goes. Take care and good luck!

i got some new brakes, ran me $10 but they usually went for 50

got the NGK brand spark plugs

got another brand for the spark plug wires.

oil change plus a new air filter.

but the car still takes a few seconds to back up when i put it in reverse, for example if i put it into reverse and release the brake, it will just sit there for a couple seconds then back up like regular. (BTW, its an AUTO)

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