Features of the maintenance problem are compared to those of the year 2000 (Y2K) problem. Similarities found suggest that lessons learnt from examining each problem can be applied to the other. Aspects of responsibility, communication, decision making and prioritisation are investigated. Asserts that further research would identify other useful lessons learned from other disciplines. Considers that using these ready-made solutions is probably more effective than developing new ones since they have been successfully tried over a long time.