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Thread: Which car maintenance log app are you using ?

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    Default Which car maintenance log app are you using ?

    I own a lot of cars and a few race cars. Keeping a log book is a ton of work (I'm lazy).
    Do you use an app ? I prefer an app as I can have access to car log at all time, even when I am in bathroom !!

    I just started using an app. DrivrLog. It seem pretty good and customizable. Wondering if any of you have tried a better app ?
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    I created a spreadsheet log for the race car. Every time I clock time on the car I enter the time on the sheet. It tracks dozens of individual car parts and the cumulative time on each one. Each part has a replacement cycle. The spreadsheet tells me when I need to change a part. I also log whether the part was replace due to breakage or time. I can then further tune the replacement cycles.

    The main goal of the spread sheet is to preemptively replace parts before they break on track.
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    I didn't even know there were apps for that. I could probably use something like that. Lately, I've had some moments where I can't remember when I did what on which car.

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    I've used the Roadtrip app for my street cars for a few years now. It seems fine but I never thought of using it for a racecar.
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    I use MileIQ for logging miles. I'm self-employed and my wife travels around Atlanta to visit clients. I still keep a moleskin pocketbook in each car to log repairs and maintenance. I keep the latest oil changes on a mini whiteboard that is in our kitchen. We write groceries and the hounds' medicine dates on it as well. I will notice that more than another app on my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olitho View Post
    I created a spreadsheet log for the race car. Every time I clock time on the car I enter the time on the sheet. It tracks dozens of individual car parts and the cumulative time on each one. Each part has a replacement cycle. The spreadsheet tells me when I need to change a part. I also log whether the part was replace due to breakage or time. I can then further tune the replacement cycles.

    The main goal of the spread sheet is to preemptively replace parts before they break on track.
    I do the same thing but use miles rather than hours. Oli - Any reason hours is better than miles for a racecar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grabbed_Crow_Mobe View Post
    Oli - Any reason hours is better than miles for a racecar?

    No, I suppose they are both good surrogates of each other. In some ways I can see miles being a more accurate measure, but on the other hand, time is perhaps better to account for running on fast tracks vs. slow track activities.
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    Here is a partial screen capture of my race car maintenance log.

    Maintenance log screen shot.JPG
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    Miles is a lot more difficult to track in a pure race car. Most bave no odometer.

    Race engines are measured in hours too.
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    Do you guys have hour meters on your engines or do you just estimate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    Do you guys have hour meters on your engines or do you just estimate?
    I track my time on the track for each session. If I mess that up or need to verify I just look at lap timing and count the laps and compute time on track.
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    I use hours to track my maintenance. It is straight forward on my car because after every track day I download the data from the ECU which records total time, time under power, number of over revs, max RPM, etc.. I also send my oil in for analysis every 10 hours (which is when I change my oil) so I can track internal wear.

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    The data system we use car records both mileage and hours. I should be more diligent when it comes to 'houring' parts out in the cars but running in SM sort of takes care of that problem on its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I didn't even know there were apps for that. I could probably use something like that. Lately, I've had some moments where I can't remember when I did what on which car.
    No problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Caboose View Post

    It's when you leave your keys in the refrigerator and pee in the wastebasket that you need to worry.
    You say that like it's a bad thing
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    Oil, I have excel envy on your spreadsheet. I wish I was that organized.
    I try not to touch my car more than I have to between events so it's mainly just oil and brake equipment, and then yearly fluids change plus whatever I notice as a problem. I haven't even done an alignment in 3 years.

    I log all the work on my car along with estimated track time. I usually glance at it between races to see how long it has been for certain items and decide when I need to change my oil. If something breaks, I can at least see how long it's been in use in hours.
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    I use an Excel spread sheet to track maintenance actions and also the event driven. I track mileage but haven't bothered with the actual track time, although it sounds like I should add that.

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