What do you keep track of in terms of maintenance?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Air_Cooled_Nut, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. Air_Cooled_Nut

    Air_Cooled_Nut Formula Junior

    Nov 25, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
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    Toby Erkson
    I'm curious as to what people keep track of for their vehicles.

    For example, on all my vehicles I have a separate notebook and in it I have the full date and odometer reading of the event. Events are oil changes, air filter service, valve adjustments, wheel bearing lubrication...typical maintenance procedures. I also include other stuff like tire replacement (so I can see how long they last), clutch job, catalytic converter replacement, and other significant changes (one-touch sunroof install on the Jetta, 5-speed tranny for the Squareback, floorboards and heel-toe shifter for the Goldwing, etc.). Okay, so some of those items aren't necessarily "significant" but when some asks how long that one-touch has lasted or if the carbon fiber overlay on my bike has lasted more than 6 months I can tell them. I don't do tire rotations nor windshield wiper blade/fluid changes as those aren't critical/necessary data points in my opinion and are done on an as-needed basis.

    So, what do YOU log and how (Excel workbook, notebook, by memory or by the stack of receipts :D)?

    BTW, gas mileage I would not include. That should be its own little book.
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  3. mk e

    mk e F1 World Champ

    Oct 31, 2003
    The twilight zone
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    The Butcher
    I have a file, anytime I buy something for the car, I drop it in the file. I just drop them in, I never look and I have never ever considered doing anything crazy like added up the reciepts, but I could I guess if I wanted a divorce :)
  4. garysp7

    garysp7 Formula Junior

    Mar 28, 2004
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    I do the same. All receipts go into a manilla folder for the car that then go in to the pendiflex file. I then have everything together for tax time and if I need to refer to previous maintenance.
  5. Llenroc

    Llenroc F1 Rookie
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    Jun 9, 2004
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    I have kept a complete journal on all of the cars I have owned. Keeping tract of why, when and how I did maintance. This is a good sales tool also. I had a guy buy my GT4 and GTB(over other cars he looked at) because of the complete story he got from my records. I don't think just keeping receipts is enough. Regards, Vern
  6. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

    Apr 20, 2002
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    Since 1987, everything that has been done to the 1985 car appears in this large book (recepts/records/etc). The book is thick...
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  8. sjmst

    sjmst F1 Veteran
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    Jul 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
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    just save receipts for all service and parts.
  9. MARQ

    MARQ Formula 3

    Feb 9, 2002
    East Coast US
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    I use a computer program called 'Car Care'. Keeps track of absolutely everything I do or have done to the car, including gas fill-ups. I can easily recall the part number, price, vendor, etc. for that water pump I had replaced
    4-5 years ago in a matter of a couple of clicks. Nothing I hate worse than rummaging through old papers, files, etc.
  10. 285ferrari

    285ferrari F1 World Champ

    Sep 11, 2004
    Southern Md
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    Is that program available for purchase or is it free...
  11. Cincy Ken

    Cincy Ken Karting

    Jan 24, 2004
    I use a program called Automotive Wolf, which runs on a Windows platform. I got it about 3 - 4 years ago in a download for about $30. It beats a spreadsheet, but could stand some improvements in how multiple cars are handled.

    I'm looking for a replacement program that runs on a Mac (OS X). I'm curious to know whether any of you have any experience or recommendations for such programs, and whether they require the purchase of additional software, such as Filemaker.
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  13. MARQ

    MARQ Formula 3

    Feb 9, 2002
    East Coast US
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    You can download it online for a fee. Once you purchase the program, they offer upgrades for free as they become available.
    I've been using it for years and it covers absolutely everything. It'll even remind you when its time to do a particular maintenance, repair,etc. if you're getting old & feeble like me and need reminding.
    You can put as much or as little detail into your records as you wish.
  14. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Dec 6, 2002
    Houston, Texas
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    Vern DID keep good records...........I have them here!!!!!

    Per Wilhoit, where I bought his car:

    "It looks like something that would have come out of an AIRPLANE!"


    If only Mr. Kane hadn't swapped the's taken me YEARS to put that back together! :rolleyes:
  15. GrigioGuy

    GrigioGuy Splenda Daddy
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    Nov 26, 2001
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    Dindu Nuffin
    I just do a search for threads started by me in the technical section...
  16. Llenroc

    Llenroc F1 Rookie
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    Jun 9, 2004
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    Hey Bubba how are ya? Yea Mr. Kane changed those wheels when he first bought the car. The original 5 stars are on my old GT4 that he also purchased at the same time as the GTB. The 4 is now in Great Falls, MT. I don't think he owned the B very long. I saw the B at the Cavillino Classic the following year with the gold wheels on it, like you I would prefer the original 5 stars too. Regards, Vern
  17. venusone

    venusone F1 Rookie

    Mar 20, 2004
    I keep the receipt for every purchase & service for all 4 of my sports cars in separate folders. Keep a small notebook in the glove box in each to record oil changes, tire & wheel work, brakes, etc. Some of the folders are 2+ inches thick.

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