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I have a 2003 Honda Crv it has 66ooo miles on it My husband bought it for me 2years ago with 64000 miles on it. It runs like a top I had it insp. at honda for NY state and it passed. They said I should do the following. Which is the most important? Emission service, throttle body service, rear diff. service cabin air filter, powersteering flush. I plan on doing all but cant afford all at once.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Ellen, Thank You for writing into AskPatty! All of these recommendations are valid ones usually marked by 60k miles. I would recommend that you replace your cabin air filter, this can be purchased at your local auto parts store and replaced at home, by removing the glove box lid and accsessing right behind that compartment. Power steering is not so crucial as a rear diff. service or a fuel system service. Hope this helps! A. J. Valle

Kristin Brocoff, Director of Corporate Communications at If your vehicle is running well, it passed its emissions test, it's getting good gas mileage and nothing is concerning you, it's best to check your service manual to see what services are recommended at key mileage markers such as 60,000 or 80,000 miles. It would also be a good idea to see if the seller provided service records and if any of the recommended services were done just a few thousand miles ago. It's also a good idea to see if any of the recommended services are still covered by a powertrain or extended warranty. It's never a good idea to put off recommended services or repairs, but sometimes as consumers we need to protect ourselves against being ripped off too! Safe driving, Kristin Brocoff, CarMD

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Ellen, If you passed inspection, then I don't see a need for the emission service or the throttle body service. Usually these are done when there is a problem with the fuel or exhaust systems. The cabin filter is probably something you can do yourself. It's a filter that's inside the vehicle. Usually behind the glove box. Look in your owner's manual to see if it shows you how to replace it. The rear differential fluid, I would check your owner's manual and see when the regularly scheduled maintenance is. And the power steering flush, I've never done one. Check the level of your fluid, it's a bottle under your hood, to see if it's full. If you are not getting any noises from the steering, you're probably ok. Look in your owner's manual under maintenance for power steering as well. Hope this helps. Lori Johnson

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