Thank you very much for your answer. Actually, I have more questions since I sent my car for maintenance. Could you answer those questions as below:
Two weeks ago, I brought my 2000 Toyota Sienna to dealer for 90,000 miles maintenance. However, dealer provided me a long list for repair. I wonder if I really need to do all of them. Also, some items I may do it by myself or find some less expensive alternative. Could you answer me questions listed below.
1) Low control arms: I don’t hear any noise and alignment is quite good because I release my hands in the freeway for a short while and the car still run very straight. Can this lead me believe the alignment is good. Also, if I really need to change lower control arm, can I only ask some other store like sears to change bush only?
2) Upper radiation hose: This is quite easy for me. But I wonder how to get rid of air bubble once a new hose is placed. I understanding is I need to turn on engine after hose changed, open the radiator cap, wait until the water burst out and catch that moment to close the cap with very thick glove. Or I can turn off engine and fill up the radiator with fluid.
3) Transmission mount: I think this is just the rubber worn out. Is this correct? Do I really have to change this since I only plan to drive this car for less than 3 years. If yes, can I ask to change rubber on the mount from other store like Sears?
4) Power steering flush: Can I use a small plastic vacuum to suck all the old fluid out and pour new fluid in several times. I think this will change most of old fluid.
5) Electronic fuel injection flush: Can I just buy some chemical like STP fuel injection cleaner into the gas tank and reach good enough results?
6) Spark plug: the original plug is platinum. Is this lifetime style? Do I have to change that earlier?
7) Front Brake: My brake pads are semi-metal and is only 20K old. The original store said this is life time warranty for semi-metal pads. Do you know why it is so short life.
Monday, December 1st, 2008 AT 11:35 PM