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Old 05-06-2013, 05:38 AM   #1
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Default I'm a New Owner What to Change/Check/Replace First?

I just bought a used S2000 from a car dealership/private sale, what should I check first?
I just bought a used S2000 from a guy on Craigslist and he was sketchy... I'm scared this thing is going to blow up!
I want to do maintenance to my new car what else should or can I do?
If you asked yourself these questions I believe my thread can help



I found it funny there was no thread that had information for brand new owners to get them to check the car over and replace worn out parts before they break. In my many hours of internet research I found lots of information about spark plugs, oils, and modifications, but nothing that really encompassed the whole picture. This is where I hope my thread will "fill the gap". Here is a list that I used to check my car over. Each steps is linked to the DIY thread or helpful information.

I used this the thread called What to look for when buying a used S2000 - by dammitjim as a starting step. This is a great thread and everyone should read it!

Do not take the previous owner's/seller's word about their maintenance frequency or anything else for that matter. I have prioritized some things which I personally feel should be done in order to help prevent any broken parts. Obviously if your S has an existing issue that would compromise safety then do that first.

Click here for maintenance schedule.

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1. Changed engine oil.*****************Reset oil life light/indicator.
2. Changed transmission oil.
3. Changed differental fluid.
4. Changed spark plugs.
5. Check/replace serpentine belt.**********Change tensioner and serpentine belt.
6. Change brake fluid.
7. Change clutch fluid.
8. Draining and filling coolant.************How to change your coolant for dummies
9. Retorque Axel Nut.
10. Compression Test.
11. AP1 OWNERS* F20 engine valve retainer replacement.*********F22 engine already has upgraded valve retainers. (Think you don't need it? READ THIS!)
12. Timing chain tensioner.*******************Ballade Timing Chain Tensioner (TCT) Install

Once above are completed I feel these would be the next step.
1. Finding the cars "secret compartment"****************Secret cupholder divider!
2. Finding the gas door button.
3. Check for spring spacers.*******************Do this before getting an alignment, if not it will throw off your new alignment.
4. Check subframe for loose bolts.*******************Do this before getting an alignment, if not it will throw off your new alignment.
5. Get an alignment.
6. Engine valve adjustment.*********************Billman's DBW recommendation
7. Regrease shifter.
8. Buy seat locks.****************************Kodokan seat locks.
9. Change air cabin filter.*********************Click for video.********************Click here for another video RHD perspective.
10. Check/replace soft top straps.************Modifry's convertible fix details.********Roof mechanism doesn't fold correctly.
11. Replace/clean PCV.
12. 05-09 convertible top tears/deburring.*****Bike chain guard for soft top.*****Top support bar patch.
13. Setting the clock





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Thanks for the "To Do" list. This was immensely helpful in pointing out which parts I'll eventually be needing.

Edit: Here is a spreadsheet I put together with prices and part numbers so others have an easier time finding the parts they need as well as approximate prices. It should be noted these part numbers and prices are for a 2003 and prices are from hondapartsnow.com as I have used them in the past and have had good experiences with them.

This is not exclusively the things the OP mentioned, but some other parts and work I felt necessary for my peace of mind.

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GREAT post

I did a lot of the above when I bought my 04 s2k with 7,200 miles on it last year in July of 2012.

No regrets and runs like a champ.
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I bought my S about 6 months ago, and your list is pretty well sums up what I've done so far. I haven't done the coolant or plugs yet, but they are on the list, as is valve adjustment. I also will be regreasing shifter and replacing the cabin filter.

Hadn't planned on the compression test, but I guess it would be a good idea to get a baseline.

The only thing I would change about your list is some of the things mileage based, so no need to do them if your S hasn't hit those miles yet. I would add valve adjustment to that list too if your new S has more than say 70K miles.
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TofuProductions - thanks for the comment! I have seen your threads and love you car

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I bought my S about 6 months ago, and your list is pretty well sums up what I've done so far. I haven't done the coolant or plugs yet, but they are on the list, as is valve adjustment. I also will be regreasing shifter and replacing the cabin filter.

Hadn't planned on the compression test, but I guess it would be a good idea to get a baseline.

The only thing I would change about your list is some of the things mileage based, so no need to do them if your S hasn't hit those miles yet. I would add valve adjustment to that list too if your new S has more than say 70K miles.
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I was thinking about adding Honda recommended service and maintenance intervals into this thread but as a brand new owner I feel that for peace of mind to just do the service now. Obviously at the owners discretion.
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Check your soft top straps, replace with Modifry if needed.

check for spring spacers.

Replace (or clean) PCV valve.
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Awesome post! Thank you, sir!
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Check your soft top straps, replace with Modifry if needed.check for spring spacers.Replace (or clean) PCV valve.
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Another "must check" thing is the soft top. If it's an AP2 verify that the TSB was done to deburr the sharp edge and I'd personally apply some patches on the insides to any spots that look like are getting excessive wear. Check the link in my sig.
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Take it to Billman. thread\

No seriously...this is a good thread.
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Good stuff, also would add keeping an eye on oil after first oil change
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