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Regular Maintenance Inspection Checklist

As our X's age, regular maintenance becomes increasingly critical to keep everything running well. Also, I think regular visual inspections helps to catch problems early before they create other problems.

I know some of you have checklists for regular visual inspections that you perform. I would love it if you could share your checklists and how often you do it.
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I use the C/L provided in the service and maintenance manual that comes with the vehicle. There are visual inspections and service intervals spelled out pretty clearly in that manual.
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As our X's age, regular maintenance becomes increasingly critical to keep everything running well. Also, I think regular visual inspections helps to catch problems early before they create other problems.

I know some of you have checklists for regular visual inspections that you perform. I would love it if you could share your checklists and how often you do it.
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OP has an 05 and is probably (like me) beyond the mileage the manual goes up to, I think it stops around 120k.

That said the way I do it is by keeping a google drive spreadsheet that goes from current year/date at the top to the oldest (06) listing everything by date, mileage, description, and price. There's an additional column for mods/non-maintenance stuff so I can track how much I'm spending on maintenance and mods separately.

You can follow the manual intervals for oil, spark plugs, coolant, etc. and about every 6 months or so I'll go through the engine bay/underbody with a flashlight checking everything out looking for leaks, worn belt, cracked plastics, anything out of place really. Pay close attention to the stuff that can leave you stranded like coolant lines (there's a lot of them), electrical components, etc. For stuff like the battery I replace at year 4 even if the old one works fine. Other than that just pay attention to any noises or drive ability issues that come up, most things will give you advanced warning that there's a problem.

One of the good things about an early 2nd gen is that no matter what you replace it probably isn't being replaced too soon.


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OP has an 05 and is probably (like me) beyond the mileage the manual goes up to, I think it stops around 120k.
I haven't looked at the manual, but I'll trust you are correct about the stop mileage. That being said, you go back to the start point and continue merrily along.

Thinking about it, my rig is at 143,000, so I just continue to check various things as I have it serviced, or while putzing around with it in the garage (it gives me something to do.)

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The service manual is good, but there are a number of parts that I would just change out when you have the time rather than waiting and leave you stranded. There all know failure points on the X.

-Both front wheel bearings
- All U Joints
- all heater hoses and rad hoses ( rubber lasts 10 years, give or take)
- thermostat - use OEM!
- Serpentine belt
- IPDM if yours is the old style
- Both CAM and Crank sensor if you like. I changed mine on my X, but mine were still working fine at over 300,000 miles. Most don;t have that kind of luck. - save the old for spares - use OEM parts!

If you change everything above at your leisure it won't cost much more than any one failing on a trip. For example - wheel bearing at home is $125.00. One fails on the road its $300.00 list for the part and likely 150 for labor plus the tow - plus however long waiting around. You could almost do that whole list yourself for that money.
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crawl underneath the X and check every nut and bolt you see, doesn't take long

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I'm constantly doing something new to the rig so looking around it and seeing if something is off isn't so bad.

Every wheeling trip I check the engine bay and under the vehicle. I look for something that is there that shouldn't be (tree limbs/leaves etc.), look for something that is dripping that shouldn't be (coolant hoses, PS hoses etc. Carry Rescue Tape for that too). I check my suspension bolts which I have marked with a white paint pen so if they moved I'll know at a glance. I check my air filter and battery connection too.

Regular maintenance I do oil changes every 7500-10k, transfer case every 3rd oil change (so around 25k), gear oil in my diffs every 50k, my drive belt I typically throw one on every 2 years with one of those gator belts from Continental Elite (It's like $15 so cheap insurance), I change out my ATF with the PMF usually every 2 years. PSF I just suction out and replace when it gets brown. Coolant is going to be replaced this year a long with those stupid heater T-hose connectors and coolant lines and finally the air filter since I use an AEM I just wash it when it looks dirty.


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I'd add checking out the paint. Depending on where you live, chips can turn into rust spots quickly. I use a paint pen to seal the metal after preparing it just to be safe. I had a lot of rock chips and scratches exposing metal.

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about every 6 months or so I'll go through the engine bay/underbody with a flashlight checking everything out looking for leaks, worn belt, cracked plastics, anything out of place really. Pay close attention to the stuff that can leave you stranded like coolant lines (there's a lot of them), electrical components, etc.
This seems very sensible.

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I check my suspension bolts which I have marked with a white paint pen so if they moved I'll know at a glance.
That's a cool tip.
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