Consumer Expenditure Survey

Section 12 - VEHICLE OPERATING EXPENSES

Part A - Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Parts, and Equipment

  1. OIL CHANGE, LUBRICATION, and OIL FILTER (Include oil only if purchased for an oil change)
  2. MOTOR TUNE-UP, including -
spark plugs emission controls
air/fuel filters valve adjustment
computer sensor distributor cap, rotor
ignition wires PCV valve
ignition timing or mixture adjustment breather/vapor/air filter element

  1. BRAKE WORK, including -
anti-lock brakes hydraulic system parking brake
bleed brake system master cylinder shoes or pads
brake adjustment machine drums/rotors wheel calipers
wheel cylinder

  1. BATTERY PURCHASES OR INSTALLATION
  2. TIRE PURCHASES OR MOUNTING
  3. TIRE REPAIRS
  4. FRONT END ALIGNMENT, WHEEL BALANCING, WHEEL ROTATION
  5. STEERING OR FRONT-END WORK, including -
axle bearing/seals CV joints/boots steering box/linkage
axle shafts idler arms studs, lug nuts
ball joints power steering fluid/filter tie rods
bushings rack and pinion wheel hubs
  1. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WORK, including -
alternator belt alternator/generator gauges/instruments
car computer coil switches
ignition system starter motor battery charge
voltage regulator wiring
  1. ENGINE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT, including -

carburetor fuel pump/lines/filter pistons/rods
choke gaskets timing chain/gears or belt
crankshaft bearings motor mounts turbo charge
fuel injector oil pump/cooler/hoses
  1. AIR CONDITIONING WORK, including -

compressor condenser motor/switch
recharging
  1. ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM WORK, including -
coolant or filter cooling fan/controls fan switch or belt
fan or water pump belt hoses pressure cap
heater core thermostat water pump
radiator cooling fan relay

  1. EXHAUST SYSTEM WORK, including -
catalytic converter muffler exhaust pipe
hanger/clamps resonator manifold gasket
  1. CLUTCH OR TRANSMISSION WORK, including -
clutch cable clutch fork flywheel
hydraulic system master cylinder pilot bearing
rebuilt transmission safety switch shaft seal
transaxle transmission filter
  1. BODY WORK OR PAINTING, including -
convertible top doors sanding
crash repairs glass replacement T-roof
window repair/replacement rust proofing vinyl top
  1. SHOCK ABSORBER REPLACEMENT, including MacPherson struts
  1. DRIVE SHAFT OR REAR-END WORK, including -
axle fluid axle mounts/bushings grommet
CV joints differential rear wheel bearings
rear axle rear wheel axle seal universal joint
suspension tie rods coil or leaf springs
  1. VIDEO EQUIPMENT OR INSTALLATION, including -
GPS navigational system with screen satellite receiver, In-Motion Satellite receiver
televisions and combinations of
TVs with VCRs and/or DVD players
video game consoles
  1. AUDIO EQUIPMENT OR INSTALLATION, including -
antenna radio tape player
CB antenna speakers satellite radio equipment
CB radio stereo equipment
  1. VEHICLE ACCESSORIES OR CUSTOMIZING, including -
alarm system fender skirts spoilers
bike/ski racks luggage rack steering wheel covers
bumper guards running boards
carpeting seat covers
  1. VEHICLE CLEANING SERVICES OR CLEANING SUPPLIES, including -
vehicle detailing services vacuuming boat cleaning services
upholstery sprays waxes car washes
cleaning mitts protective coating wheel cleaning supplies
  1. OTHER VEHICLE SERVICES, PARTS, OR EQUIPMENT, including -
battery cables jack charcoal canister filters
brake lights light bulbs windshield wipers
upholstery work speedometer cable heater repair
gas cable/cap/can vent filters hub caps
gasket sets wheel lugs gasket sets
headlights wheels/rims tire/wheel combination

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Last Modified Date: April 12, 2011

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