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Higher Mileage Truck Maintenance #5764196 05/29/15 02:14 AM
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I drive an 04 z71. It currently has 70K on it (it got parked for a few years) but I plan to drive it as long as it will hold together. For those that know more about vehicles than me, what maintenance is needed to keep it going in the long run?

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My 05 Avalanche has 300k. Went 198k before it got a new engine. 220k the transfer case went out... And a few electrical problems and water pump

Motor wise Just regular oil changes.

Only bad thing about that year model is the damn 4x4 switch.. Gone out three times


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I'd change the tranny and differential fluids for sure. maybe bump the oil change schedule and use mobile one synthetic.


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2009 F150 at 90k, thinking about changing the plugs or maybe a brake job for the first time.

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Only thing I would worry about is seals being dry from sitting and starting to leak after you start driving it. Other than that just do your regular maintenance on schedule.

I have an 04 as well and about to push 200k grin but I have had to replace camshaft/lifters and the oil pump.

I had a buddy with a 2003 2wd Silverado that went over 300k before he rebuilt the engine.

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Belts and hoses are easy to replace and a pain when they fail.

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98,000 on my 2011 f250. Probably need a brake job soon. I will need a transmission flush, along with radiator flush and pack front bearings as well.

I'm gonna keep it, I hope.

Re: Higher Mileage Truck Maintenance [Re: dlrz71] #5764213 05/29/15 02:29 AM
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Originally Posted By: dlrz71
Only thing I would worry about is seals being dry from sitting and starting to leak after you start driving it. Other than that just do your regular maintenance on schedule.

I have an 04 as well and about to push 200k grin but I have had to replace camshaft/lifters and the oil pump.

I had a buddy with a 2003 2wd Silverado that went over 300k before he rebuilt the engine.


Buddy is at 297k only thing ever replaced or fixed is rear end.


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Only thing I would worry about is seals being dry from sitting and starting to leak after you start driving it. Other than that just do your regular maintenance on schedule.

I have an 04 as well and about to push 200k grin but I have had to replace camshaft/lifters and the oil pump.

I had a buddy with a 2003 2wd Silverado that went over 300k before he rebuilt the engine.


Buddy is at 297k only thing ever replaced or fixed is rear end.


There is a reason I am still driving my 04 z71 and my wife drives an 05 Tahoe z71. Can't hardly kill them.

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I'm at 257k on an '04 1500 V6.. Alternator, t-stat, fuel pump have been about the only things so far..


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One the coaches at school has a 2000 chevy 1500 z71 with 293000 and has never rebuilt or replaced a motor or tranny. Hubs, ball joints, u joints, stuff like that, but nothing major. Does his own maintenance and such.


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I'm in the middle of doing everything since I don't know the history on the truck.... Fluid change on the trans, coolant flush, and brakes next, coolant flush is gonna suck!

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Fluids are the biggest thing. Spend the money now for good maintenance and quality fluids will pay off later.

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The truck belonged to my grandad, he passed away in 2010 and it sat until I finally convinced my grandma to sell it to me. It has sentimental value, but it's also just a heckuva pickup. You hear all kinds of crap from the dealerships about what needs to be done, and I'm not opposed to spending money on necessary things, but I don't need to change the headlight grease either.

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My old 2000 Dodge 1500 has 308K on the original motor, tranny and transfer case. I've had to replace the clutch on the a/c compressor at 250K, the water pump at 297K and had the rear end rebuilt at 302K and that's it other than regular maintenance.


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That truck will run forever, just change all the fluids then take care of the problem right when you notice them and you will be good to go.

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be proactive on maintenance and use good quality parts and premium (synthetic) fluids. Do fluid changes yourself so you know what is actually going into your vehicle. Regular oil changes, differential changes, transmission service, plugs, coolant, etc. Follow the "heavy" use or whatever the more frequent service interval is outlined in your manual.

Grease your suspension at each oil change if your vehicle has fittings. My last two Dodge pickups have had suspensions and hubs that were not meant to be serviced-grease it if you can.

I used to be involved in a distribution service for an oil company. A big name brand. Do not trust bulk oil at any shop, especially the small quickie lubes. Mess ups are more common than you want to believe and lots of people end up driving around with bad stuff in their crankcase. If you need someone to change your oil buy the oil and filter yourself and take it to them and watch em do it.

OTher than that let it warm up before you put your foot in it and drive moderately as much as you can. Highway miles are easier on everything.

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Do standard good maintenance and add an oil additive called "Restore" to your oil when doing oil changes. I have been doing this for 25 years and swear by it. At present I am driving a 97 Chevy Monte Carlo and a 95 Jeep Cherokee that have the original unrepaired engines and are running great. I had a 90 Chevy Lumina that I bought new and put 297,000 miles on the original engine before I got in an accident that totaled it. The engine was never touched for repairs and ran perfect. I have some friends that work in an "Oil Change" business and they drive higher mileage cars and I talked them into trying it and now they swear by it because their improvement results in their older engines was so significant. I won't do an oil change without my "Restore".

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196,000 on my 99 f-150.


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140 plus on my 04 z-71. Oil changes with synthetic since the first one. Factory everything except for the battery, 2 transmission fluid changes, headlight bulbs, 2nd or 3rd set of breaks..maybe a few other little things. I believe in regular fluid changes without a doubt. As far as other maintenance, I fix it when it becomes a problem. Probably start carrying a new serpentine belt just in case this one goes bad. Small radiator fluid leak, probably at the water pump which is a common problem in this model according to one mechanic.

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281,000 on my 05 Silverado. Only thing I have done is one wheelbearing and an alternator other than normal maintenance. Pics of this low mileage 04?

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That's about the best I can do for you.

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Lot's of great advice and I will add that going with a Premium Oil Filter (do some research via googlefoo) and then a good synthetic oil is the best anyone can do for an engine. IMHO, same is true for the tranny...go 100% synthetic...and then the same for the rear diff.


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