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I bought my Jeep used from a dealership. It had 27k miles and one owner. It was 2 yrs old at the time. I now have 100k miles. I had to replace the transmission at 80569 miles (2006). The serpentine belt was replaced at 56983 miles. Power steering pump replaced at 98450 miles. This is a 4x4 v-8. I cannot afford to replace this vehicle. What should I ask service department when I take it for 100k service. I want it checked thoroughly, but do not want to replace or repair unnecessary items. I do think I need brakes checked too. I listen to every little sound and feel it is idling too fast. My friend (male) who rarely drives it thinks everything sounds ok. What specific things should be included on a 100k service schedule? Are all dealership mechanics certified mechanics?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Geri, Dealership technicians typically are required to be ASE certified mechanics AND have formal corporate training on specific models as well. You can visit your local dealership and request for a manufacturer recommended 100k mile service print out. If your model is equipped with a timing Belt, not a chain, it is recommended typically at 100k miles, and water pump also in conjunction to save time and money in the long run. Check your owner's manual for the maintenance schedule. Manufacturers maintenance intervals are helpful to scathe one expensive bill, but rather be spanned across mileage milestones.

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hi Geri, Sounds like you are doing a great job maintaining your car thus far. You know your car better than anyone else! Trust what you are feeling and follow that. Mention the fast idle when you go in for service. Use your owners manual as a reference guide, but rely mostly on your past records to remind you the last time you had services done. Also, you are not mandated to go to the dealership. Independent service stations are generally less expensive and have certified mechanics. Look on the askpatty.com site for a certified shop near you. Keep up the amazing work and your Jeep will keep on going for you. Audra www.greatbearautoshop.com

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube I would check your owners manual for what services are due at 100k miles. Have them check your belt, brakes, hoses and tires.

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