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Hi everybody, I m new here --04 verona S with 60k on it, so far so good(it was my brothers car earlier).

I wanted to know if I can change the spark plugs myself or I need to get mechanics help.
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Same with coolant flush, fuel filter replacement, auto. transmission flush(can I do it myself)
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What coolant you use for verona I just use 50/50 antifreeze.
 

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Plugs you can do yourself with common tools but be aware a Craftsman or Napa spark plug socket will not fit. I have had to use Snap-On or Mac TOOLS. Just nee to take out the 12 bolts holding down the six coil lift off and remove the plugs and install new ones.

Not thqat bad really. Fuel filter is just have to get up under the car to do it.

Coolant and trans-flush are best done in a shop unless you drain and fill every 30K.

Plugs, Fuel Filter, Coolant are 30K maintenance events. Also don't miss the cabin filter under the passenger cowl panel. Check you belt too.
 

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Agree with previous post, the trans and coolant flush have to be done at a shop. If a complete coolant flush is done then standard green coolant is fine. The trans flush is going to hurt the wallet though, special synthetic fluid is required and hard to find other than thru Suzuki. Expect a $300 bill. I suspect any synthetic trans fluid will work but I have no experience with aftermarket.

A fuel injection service and de-carbon of the engine should be done also.
 

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Thanks

Thank you guys, you answered it all:rolleyes:. I ll just go with ngk spark plug( laser platinum) and fuel filter (which I have to find yet), but auto trans & coolent flush wud be done at next oil change.^_^
 

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Repair Cost?

wheel alignment
front rotors and brakes
wheel balancing and rotation.

Also when I drive above 70mph at highways the steering wheel gets ultralight/loose to the point I freak out. Can anybody explain why it does so.

Otherwise the car's doing fine.
 

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Light steering at speed would be SSPS not responding.

Alignment, Balancing and rotate can be done anywhere.
Rotors and Pads check for availability local may have to see the dealership though.
 

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Ssps

Light steering at speed would be SSPS not responding.

Alignment, Balancing and rotate can be done anywhere.
Rotors and Pads check for availability local may have to see the dealership though.

Thanks for the reply.
But the SSPS light on the dash doesn't light up, when I drive..........can I still expect the problem.

I changed the rear pads at a local store, are front pads any different. Iwas going to replace the front rotors with regular local store ones (but for the model). Any inputs
 

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the 2004 Verona uses different spark plugs. it has weird 3-prong plugs from NGK, BKUR6ETB that's good for 30,000 miles. you cannot check or adjust the gap. They're available at the dealer, and not really too expensive.
but be aware a Craftsman or Napa spark plug socket will not fit
good call...I actually made my socket fit by putting the rubber "grabber" part of the spark plug socket into a regular (non-spark plug) 5/8" deep socket. it's small enough diameter to fit down the spark plug tube.
The transmission fluid is an exclusive fluid to the Verona and the Forenza. If you can find ESSO LT 71141, or TOTAL ATF H50235, use that (I bet not), otherwise you'll have to get the fluid at the dealership for something like $18/quart. Draining, filling, and checking fluid level require a special tool (an 8mm square pipe plug socket), and has to be done where you can get under the car with it running and level (like a lift), so I really would recommend a shop do it.
Coolant is just regular ol' green coolant. nothing really special...just drain (there's a drain on the radiator, just have the overflow tank cap off), and fill. run it till the fans come on, keeping it full, then shut it off. once it's cool, top if back off and you should be good.
Some Verona's have a fuel filter located under the car right in front of the right rear wheel. some don't. if not, it just won't be there.
 

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Actually the trans fluid is available elsewhere. You can use Quaker State/Pennzoil Multi-Vehichle, Valvoline Mercon V. I had a post on this either here or in the Forenza/Reno forum.

There are others.

The coolant is actually not the green. The only one I have seen actually meet it's requirements is Motorcraft Gold. EG with Silicates. In fact Ford has a bulletin about the lack of silicates in the ALL MAKES ALL MODELS STUFF as they are unsure of long term issues at this time. We generally use the AMAM stuff.

If you want to get plugs for an 05 (NO ENGINE CHANGES TO WORRY ABOUT) they go 100K. OK I would only go 60-70 on them but still better than every 30K.

Pipe plug for trans is also 5/16" (8mm STANDARD).
 
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