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Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by substanceVX, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. substanceVX

    substanceVX New Member

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    Ok guys im about to do my first service on the car (VX Series 2). I would like to know if possible some of the things i should look for and do other then the general oil change and oil filter ect.. Also what kind of oil and filter do you all recommend. As this is my first time doing it by myself I would like to do a good job. Any tips would be apprecieated :) thanks alot.
     
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    If you have the owner's manual that came with the car, it has a section in the back which tells you what should be done and at how many kilometers. As for oil I recommend a semi synthetic 15W-50 but I don't claim to know which brands are better than others.
    If you don't have the owners manual let us know and I'm sure you will get advice.
     
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    yeah that bugs me with my car...it didnt have a manual...lucky dads utes are both VS and he has a (similar to) gregories manual hahaha
     
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    Best oil would be semi synthetic Penrite either 15w-40 or 10w-50..

    You could also even use 10w-30 Mobil 1, but it has a hefty price tag. One new oil which I have yet to try is the Penrite Syn range of Full synthetics. They make a 15w-50, which would be perfecto..

    Check the condition of all of your fluids. F*ck the handbook if you've never done it..

    If the tranny or PS fluid is dark red to maroon, change em.. If you don't know when brake fluid was last changed or brakes are a bit spongy, change it.

    If coolant is sludgy, brown, lacking colour, flush it out..

    Give your a car a good looking over. Check every fluid/oil level, tyre pressures, brakes.. If you CBF doing all that, take it to a mechanic..
     
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    Yeah.. I had a look the coolant is a little brown meaning i need to do a flush? How do i go about this.. Also where and how do i change the transmission fluid. Since i brought the car from a dealer I dont want to take it there and have an apprentice do the service.. Even though i dont really know what im doing with the VX myself but Im sure ill learn.
    SO anyway How do i flush a radiator?
    What coolant should i use?
    Where and How do i change the trans fluid.. Its a automatic.
    Plugs? Leads? Do i need to change/look at them?

    I really love the car its the nicest ive ever owned and i want to keep it in tip top shape. Oh and 1 more thing how do i reset the Service Meter it keeps letting me know the cars done 70,000kms. Thank you all.
     
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    buy a gregory's manual and it will tell you how to flush a radiator, etc.
    best thing you could buy...especially for someone new to the stuff....but its still pretty advanced that it will last ages

    lot of guys use it here
     
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    I can get one of those from like auto bahn or supercheap yeah?
     
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    I would suggest you buy a workshop manual for $30-$40 and that will tell you everything you want to know. It's a worthwhile investment. Resetting the the service reminder is explained inthe owner's manual.
    1 Turn the ignition off
    2 Hold down trip computer up and down buttons together
    3 Turn the ignition on while still holding the 2 buttons
    4 after approx 3 seconds release both buttons
    5 press the mode button untill service due screen appears
    6 press and hold both up down buttons for approx 3 seconds untill you hear a beep
    7 release both buttons
    8 turn ignition off
    This is by courtesy of Cuckoo, I found it by doing a search for "service reminder"
     
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    Thank you very much i will try that.
     
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    One last thing can someone explain how to change the tranny fluid and the brake fluid. I hear that changing brake fluid is hard? I will endevor to get a workshop manual but in the meantime if anyone can point me in the right direction that would be really apprecieated.
     
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    Brakes are a tricky one if you have never done it before. You run the risk of sucking air into your lines causing brake failure. I always do it as a 2 person job and did it with a mechanic friend the first few times so he could show me the drill. The last thing you want is to go for the brake pedal and have nothing there. Best way is to find someone who knows what they are doing and get them to show you.
     

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