Now that I have a vehicle that I actually care about in combination with money starting to get a bit tight I figure I might take it upon myself to learn how to actually do the maintenance on my vehicles, besides, you can't rely on a truck to get you out of the city during the zombie apocalypse if it's never been maintained properly lol
. I bought the truck at 113500km (70500mi) and just rolled over the 115km mark today. I wasn't very bright in that I didn't get copies of the service records from the previous owners so I think that maybe starting fresh would be the way to go. I was thinking of switching over to a synthetic oil (seems mobil 1 is the most popular with proven results?). My regular driving habits are pretty bad in that particularly in the winter, my drive to work is only 10 minutes so the engine rarely gets up to operating temp, although I usually end up making some longer runs on the weekend or evenings and heard that switching to synthetic would help a little to offset and sludge or build up caused by the short trip syndrome.
I was also thinking about doing an old fashioned transmission flush, I've heard that it's not to late to do it? (assuming worst case scenario although I think it highly unlikely). Any advice? any particular brands of fluid? or just pick up whatever Napa has in stock that meets the service manual's recommendations?
Was also thinking that the differential fluid should be changed out, as with the tranny, any particular advice or recommendations on brands?
What's your guys general opinions on K&N drop in filters for those of you who have had them? I'm looking at a CAI at some point in time but for the mean time I thought I might try a drop in. My room mate had mentioned that the people who have issues with the oil from the filter winding up in the engine is due to over oiling and/or not letting them dry enough before use.
I'll take a look at the spark plugs but the guy had mentioned they had just been changed last service so they should look almost new lol.
Anything else you guys would recommend? I don't have access to jacks or a lift so is this all doable just being able to crawl under the truck stock with 17" tires? I'm not opposed to taking it into the shop I just thought I might be able to learn something and actually do something productive on Saturday haha.
P.S. Sorry for the small novel.