Are you proactive, or reactive?

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  1. FZR400RRSP

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    Just curious as to whether people on here are proactive or reactive when it comes to car maintenance?
    For example, I recently replaced 4 x discs and pads when I didn't really need to.
    I'm just about to replace a turbo seal (known problem) when there's nothing to suggest I need to.
    I got a full alignment done when I didn't really need to.
    Etc.etc.
    I'm just wondering if I'm being a bit 'anal' in doing stuff before there's a problem.

    (This is over and above basic servicing)
     
  2. Wad2002

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    I am bit the same with my cars. Its keeping good upkeep and maintanence of the car.

    Some people live by, if aint broke don't fix. However when it comes to cars, when things break, it makes other unexpected things to break.

    On a side note, if your are doing the seal on the turbo and you will have it off, check the play on the shaft and dending on condition/cost, it may be worth a rebuild since you have it off :)
     
  3. FZR400RRSP

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    I won't have to remove the turbo, if that's what you mean.
    Seems to be an easy job, the seal just fits into the air intake pipe.
     
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    I replace my tyres before they are bald, does that count?

    :)
     
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    I leave my wipers on all of the time just in case it rains...
     
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    I stick to scheduled servicing. As we now both drive cars <3 years old I don't see the need for proactive as it's a warranty issue for us if anything happens (hopefully) however I do take the cars to our local trusted garage occasionally where I get a free once over, tyre check etc for payment in biscuits, quality coffee and some drum!!
     
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    I normally wait until it breaks.
     
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    Don't know enough about the mechanics of cars to worry about things going bump in the night, have to trust the regular dealer services to keep things turning over. Tyres I change at 2.5mm without fail.
     
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    I'm so reactive, in beyond lazy...
     
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    Yes I'm like that. But only for a secondhand car I bought like my Audi Quattro. For a new car I am not I just let the servicing and warranty sort all that stuff out.
     
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    As i do 20k+ miles a year, can't afford to be reactive, have to be proactive.

    Last thing you want to do is break down on holiday abroad, especially when i'm driving to Monaco via the French Alps in May.
     
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    Ahh. I see...Sorry, I assumed it was the oil seals on the turbo :)
     
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    service once a year with main dealer to keep warranty in order. Then after the 3 year warranty has run out service once a year from friend of the family who works for a main dealer but does all our cars servicing and Mot's when required.
     
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    Reactive

    If it ain't broke don't fix it

    I have a very good mechanic who more or less offers a same day service

    I once had a clutch go at 2pm 100 miles away

    AA got me there at 4:30pm , I was back on the road with a new clutch at 8pm
     
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    All depends. I check do regular checks on my car in regards to suspension and steering. Brakes as well obviously. One thing I make sure I do is sort any advisories on a MOT. If it's close to failing this year it's bound to fail next year
     
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    keep on top of repairs, i new one of the ball joints were going to fail not anytime soon though and it was not a mot fail at the time, but when i got all tyres changed i had them done at the same time also a 4 wheel lazer alignment, even when i service the car things like the pollen filter are changed even though there not in the schedule for what they cost why not, i even had a slight hose leak on the vacuum pump with clips and the hose that cost under a fiver, better that than wait for it to fail, rear discs and pads are next but will wait for the verdict on the mot if they pass and they need changing in the next year they will get swapped out, might class that as anal but i hate surprise repairs as they always come at the wrong time
     
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    I'm a mix of both.

    For 3 years my MOT has been at risk of failing due to my break pads wearing thin, "to the bone" they tell me, but to me my breaks feel great and I have to argue that I do like 2k miles a year and they let it slide. I have new break pads now though.. sitting on top a cupboard waiting for a mate to have time to fit them for me.

    My cat has a minor leak but it's around £100-120 for a replacement so I'm waiting until it's a failure leak.

    Engine oil is getting low so my mate changing my pads is going to sort that for me too, and since I know what oil will be in there I can keep it topped up.

    I fixed all advisories from my MOT except the before mentioned cat.

    So yeah, a mix of reactive and proactive.
     
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    A mix. Being a 20 year old performance car that is my only car I have to take care of it. This means plugs and oil get changed regularly, I keep an eye on other fluids etc. However stuff like the fact my odometer being broken hasn't been fixed as it's not required for the MOT. It also involves me finding another unit with roughly the same mileage as mine that works and then swapping them over....and I can't be bothered :)
     
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    I'm definitely reactive. Will get it serviced properly but won't go out of my way to look for upcoming issues.
    I find if I'm driving and something starts to squeek or rattle, a quick turn of the stereo volume knob usually cures the issue :cool:
     
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    I try to be proactive. Problem I see with being reactive is that more expensive damage may be caused if you don't apply a bit of preventive maintenance. I tend to run cars for a long time, so get them serviced regularly anyway.
    What worries me is stuff I'm not aware of that may cause problems later on down the line.
     
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    Proactive - 30k per year so it pays to be this way....
     
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    I will replace parts when nearing the end of their life, tyres 2.5-3mm, brake pads 2-3mm etc. If it isn't broke though I just leave it alone. I haven't had a single car fail an mot and that's not just because my mate does the mots.
     
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    likewise...I drive older cars (so, may have different mentality if I'd bought it new?) - but I think I've saved more by being reactive (in the long run)...
     
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    I'm so proactive I'm now investigating options for doing away with the DPF, even though it hasn't given me any trouble!
    More money I don't really need to spend.....duuuuh.....:rolleyes:
     
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    A wee bit over the top methinks. ;)
     
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    Oh, for sure, but I like the peace of mind of knowing it won't happen.
     
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    Is there not a way to keep the dpf clean or well maintained so as not to have any problems with it. That would surely be cheaper than taking it away. You will notice from my post that I have NO IDEA about DPF but am a little bit worried for when I get my new car that does have dpf.
     
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    I think the usual advice is to make sure it gets a blast down a stretch of dual carriageway or motorway every now and then to "blow the cobwebs out". I'm sure that someone who has one will be along shortly to fill in the details :)
     
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    Got one and yes that's right, the trick is to try and keep the revs up above 2000rpm then if the light comes on, no dramas just take a spin on the dual carriageway/motorway at 70+ over 2000rpm for 5mins and job done. Oh and don't use 6th....
     
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    I'm with FZR in some respects looking for potential faults that I don't have yet!

    Car specific internet forums are a bad thing with too much information on potential problems!!!!
     

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