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I am at 92,000 miles and want to do any preventative/needed maintenance.
This has been a great car with just doing routine oil changes and new tires.

The only thing I have done is changed antifreeze(awhile back), and rear brakes(still have oem fronts on) and still have oem battery.

I picked up New NGK spark plugs Iridium IX, New PCV vavle and will be putting them in.
Found it strange about no fuel filter, I believe?

Have been reading about timing belt/tensioners/water pump, etc. Are they all really recomended?

New spark plugs wires will follow--just because!

Am I missing anything? Appreciate all help.
 

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Before you do anything, you need to replace your timming belt! Kia wants you to replace it every 60,000 miles or 5 years. You are WAY overdue! You will not like what happens when it breaks!! It will cost you a lot more cash to fix your broken engine than what the t/belt replacment will cost you.
 

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I am ready to order parts for tb, any thing I am missing below?
t/b kit with water pump
new belts
Have a quick question on 2 jack thing( I only have 1) can u just put on jack stand once wheel is removed? Which will free up jack to support engine.

I also want to do tranny service, is there a filter under pan? How many quarts does it hold? Any special tranny fluid?
 

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I would get another jack stand to be safe, it will allways come in handy. There is a filter under the pan, and yes, you need to use SP3 trans fluid, if your just droping the pan, 6 quarts should do the trick. Your parts list for the t/b sounds good to me. Just make sure your getting a quality t/b.
 

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I'm with Cobra...
Check your brake pads also...It's cheaper to replace just pads "if" they don't wear too low and score the rotors..
I used 2 jacks (actually 3, third is just a backup behind the one holding the car up) because my "old" stands are too high to fit under the low profile newer cars.. Need to update my stands also.
Dave
 

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Is there an aftermarket trans fluid that is good to use? The closest dealer is 1 1/2 hrs away. I also saw there is no gasket for the trans pan, is one type of sealant better than the other? Thanks.
 

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Magic Word "RockAuto.com".
KIA parts are a little harder to find being the "new kid on the block" and local parts stores don'r usually carry parts for them...
I found that "RocK" has the parts, prices, and quick delivery...
The tranny fluid is supposed to be "just a type III fluid"...but there have been posters not happy with the results from generic replacements (transmission problems).. If you have a Hyundai dealership close by they use the same drive train in their Elantras and the OEM fluid cans are usually marked Hyundai/KIA.
That is the only fluid I personally won't substitute in my Spectras...
The tranny filter and gasket can be gotten on ebay also reasonably cheap with shipping... DO NOT USE a "GASKET in a TUBE"...You WILL be sorry you did if you ever need to get the pan off again...It is a mess to clean off and can get into the tranny sump pickup.
Hope this helps...
Dave
 
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