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Click & Clack Talk Cars “The Tappet Brothers’’ By Ray Magliozzi No rush to joiN the ‘little old lady’ club BY RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Car Talk: services done if you plan to keep the car for another five years. But that would put you firmly in the “meticulously maintained, driven only to church on Sundays by a little old lady” club. I have a 2011 Toyota Corolla with 45,000 miles. The service adviser at my car dealership has recommended replacement of transmission fluid ($160), In other words, you’d be coolant ($145), brake fluid ($110) and power steering taking very good care of your car and doing maintenance fluid ($110). Are all of these necessary preventively. There’s no urgency, and -- all at the same time? I’d appreciate your expert you certainly don’t have to do advice. Thank you. -- Evelyn them all now. If you decide Well, they’re all necessary you want to be proactive, you at the same time if the can do one of these services now, and spread the rest service adviser has a major out over your next three oil boat payment due. changes -- which should be Actually, you’re in a little about every six months. bit of a quandary, Evelyn. In terms of priority, I’d Based on your mileage, at probably start with the 45,000, you don’t need any coolant flush, then do the of these things. You obviously transmission fluid, then the don’t drive the car a lot. brake fluid and the power Normally, a 2011 Corolla steering fluid last, if at all. would be expected to come But there’s absolutely no in with 100,000 miles on it, not 45,000. Your service rush, Evelyn. And if you’re adviser is basing these short on funds, you’re in no recommendations on time danger if you put this stuff off. (years) rather than miles. That’s a weaker argument. Unlike rubber parts (tires, hoses, belts) that degrade over time due to exposure to ozone in the air, fluids tend to wear out due to use and heat. The less you drive, the less use they get and the less heat they’re exposed to. *** Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or email by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com. *** (c) 2018 by Ray Magliozzi So, I’d say these are all and Doug Berman Distributed by King optional at this point, Evelyn. It wouldn’t be bad to get these Features Syndicate, Inc.