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Old 10-20-2010, 07:49 PM   #1
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A mostly successful afternoon of maintenance

Disclaimer : I have limited mechanical experience.

Today I changed out the manual transmission fluid on my 03 Sport with 72,000 miles. I only had small metal bits sticking to the drain plug. I used Penzoil Synchromesh, and it shifts noticeably smoother now. I only made a small mess on the driveway. Finding a 17mm hex head socket was the hardest part.

This completes the changing of all the fluids. The previous owner was a little lax in some areas.

I also rotated the tires and found several mangled lugnuts. I am having a hard time finding reasonably priced lugnts in any local parts stores. I called the dealer and they quoted me $8 each. I politely declined.
Any suggestions for purchasing lugnuts online?

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Old 10-20-2010, 09:38 PM   #2
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No idea on the lugnuts but kudos to you for doing your own maintenance

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Old 10-20-2010, 10:15 PM   #3
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junkyards are a good place to find the lugnuts around here in st louis. or you could try Craigslist in your area.
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Autozone. Make sure and get the solid metal lugs and not the ones that are spot welded together like the stock ones.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:03 AM   #6
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I called NAPA, $4 for a lugnut, dealer $8, I found some Gorilla lugnuts online for $1.45 each. Even with shipping, it's a much better deal.
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They are a lot less at autozone.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:33 AM   #8
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I bought 1 set of the $5 each NAPA nuts and 3 sets of the $5 a set autozone nuts... well 1 year later all the caps are missing from the autozone nuts and the NAPA nuts have just lost their shine a little bit...

As the old saying goes, you usually get what you pay for.

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