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    I just bought a 2003 Honda Civic GX, 95,000 miles and was owned by a government agency and all maintenance was done as needed (except for the valve adjustment). I just replaced the spark plugs and next is the valve adjustment. Any helpful advice would be accepted

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    More than likely, the timing belt has never been changed. If not, at fifteen years old, it is certainly dry rotted and needs to be changed. At the same time, of course, change the water pump, timing belt tensioner, and the cam & crank seals. You're lucky those spark plugs weren't seized in there due to hard carbon buildup on the tips. If you plan on keeping the car for a long time, loosen and then re-tighten the spark plugs periodically to prevent them from seizing.
    Last edited by hypermilinggx; 10-03-2017, 01:12 PM.

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      put your ignition key on a lanyard to loop it around the hose every time you fuel. Will avoid ever pulling hose off station dispenser which is not only inconsiderate to others but will normally result in a $500 reconnect charge (hose is designed to detach at 150lb pull.)
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      • #4
        If VIN is 1HGEN26553L000084, State of Oregon may have provided you with the maintenance records showing both work done at the agency and other service done at Honda of Salem - the Motorpool service contractor.

        1101 Van Ness Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301 hondaofsalem.com (971)701-2708
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        • #5
          Additional note about fixing left rear fender damage, do not allow car to be put in an oven to cure the paint because the fuel tank should not be subjected to high heat.

          https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/au...ew?auc=1942206
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