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I don't have an owner's manual or anything so please bear with me

So I'm preparing to have my ITR shipped out of the country (USA) and into my "motherland" (China) where I'll be going to school and working for the next few years. So I fired up the R just to make some diagnostic checks and to make sure that it'll run for a few years without a "well equipped" Honda dealership closeby.

one thing that I noticed was that whenever I turned the steering wheel while at a stop (as to make a turn or to park) it would make a horrible mettalic-screeching sound. I've been out of the country for a few months so I suppose there's something happened here in my absence. Could it be that the power steering fluid is low or dirty?

Another thing is I noticed that both the tanks that contain brake fluid are below the minimum line. I've been using Motul RBF600 and would it be best to just top off the fluid with more Motul or would any "decent" brake fluid be alright.

All in all the R is a tiny bit over 40K miles. I'm going to flush out all the fluids and so; are there any other things I should look into replacing or getting maintained? Because I would like the car to run optimally in a different country for about a least a few years...before I am able to locate a decent place to do maintainence. I don't know of any places in my immediate surroundings that have the knowledge or experience in properly maintaining a R...and I don't wanna end up driving to HK just to have basic maintainence.
 

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why are you going to waste all that money on shipping? sell the R and get an ITR there or better yet a Nissan Skyline
 

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Well, I suggest getting a 60k service done before you go. This should take care of the Timing Belt which is due @ 60k, along w/ all the other fluid flush/replace, belt changes, valve adjustment, etc...
 

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Well, if your fluid level is that low then I would check my brake pads and rotors to see if they need to be replaced. You see as your pads wear down, brake fluid will replace the materail worn away, so thats the first place I wouuld check(rule of thumb: is replace your pads when they become as thick as the backing plate) Then I would check to try find leaks around your caliper dust boot seal, hoses, fittings, etc..
 

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It's the smaller reservoir tank that's low on fluid. The pads and rotors are completely fine, there's like ~1cm of meat left on the pads (w/o including the backing).

I really don't want to go to the dealer to do all the maintainence stuff because it's expensive and once the car hits the shores of China...I won't be able to work on it myself because I'll be lacking the proper tools and working space.

I'm shipping the R over because there's already A LOT of money invested into it in the form of aftermarket performance parts. I don't wish to give up this car in America because I know some 16-year-old kid is going to end up buying my car and crashing it...therefore wasting all the money, time, effort put into building the car. Anyone can buy a stock car but one that has a fully built suspension and a horde of other stuff minus a turbo kit.

Edit: The sound is more of a metallic "metal-on-metal scraping" sound not a screeching sound, sorry about that...I realized that people aren't thinking about the same kind of sound when I say "screeching"/
 
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