You should have a record of your mileage from when your oil was last changed. That will let you know how many miles you've put on in that time.
Originally Posted by Brashkoala
thanks so much everyone with the advise. my dada gave me the car a couple years ago and last year we had a falling out, so i really dont know the status of what he did to the car before he gave it to me. the only problem i feel my car has is that itr began making a hissing sound a couple days ago, but the mechanic said it was the drive belt, which i will defenitely have to get. my biggest concern is that im in college and i dont have enough money to spend on fixing my car. i only want to buy the things that are absolutely necessary to be able to drive around safely and yet i dont want to put something off now that is not expensive only to have to pay much more for it once it eventually breaks down.
Definitely take care of any belt problems. If one of them breaks, you won't be driving.
-fuel filter-i had the oil changed six months ago and two days ago. however, i do not know when i last changed the fuel filter and i dont know where it is located in my engine. will it break down tommorow, two years from now, or five years from now? what should i do?
The easiest thing to do, if you're in the US (if so, what state?), is go to an auto parts
place like Autozone (see your yellow pages), and ask them where the fuel filter is. There are a number of different models of Civics, and I'm not really familiar with them. However, check this link:
According to Autozone's site, your filter is most likely on the passenger side of the engine compartment. If so, it is easy to replace. It says that Honda recommends replacing the filter every 4 years or every 60000 miles. You said you have 115,000 mi., so you're about due. Fuel filters are cheap ($9-$17). Breaking down isn't. It will fail when it gets clogged, which depends on where you drive, the kind of driving, etc. If it's simple enough to get to, they just might change it for you. Apparently you have fuel injection, so there should only be one filter. Don't wait for the next 5000 miles. Do it now, so you know it's ok, and keep a record of the mileage and when it was done.
-transmission-i also do not know when the last time the transmission was done. i dont think im having difficulty with my transmission.
Honda's recommendation is 30,000 mi. to drain and refill transmission fluid. Labor is probably more than the cost of the fluid. Ask a reliable dealer or auto service store how much to change the transmission fluid. Some places might have a "transmission service" deal, which involves replacing some filter screens, etc., in addition to the fluid. I don't know if your car has that; ask a Honda dealer, or autoparts store. I'm assuming your car is an automatic, not a manual shift.
-break fluid- the mechanic just said that the break fluid was visibly low. when i put my foot on the break it does not hit the floor, does that mean i should change it once it does?
If you wait till the pedal hits the floor, you won't have any brakes. If it is low, just top it up by adding brake fluid to the reservoir on top of the master cylinder. Brake fluid is cheap. Again, ask the auto parts store where the place is you add brake fluid. Or look here:
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