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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Noob Questions

1: I'm not sure on how to properly park a manual transmission. It seems to me that leaving it neutral with the parking brake on is a bad idea since someone could theoretically roll it away.

I'm not worried about theft as much as vandalism since I work on a college campus - I don't want to find my Jeep at the bottom of the parking ramp one day.

2: Suggestions for cleaning/maintaining exterior plastics/soft top/plastic windows? I can stand there in the aisle at the store and see 500 products that claim to work - I'd rather learn from ya'lls experience with these things.

3: When I cruise down the highway in 6th gear (70MPH) I'm at ~3,000 RPMs. Is that okay or would taking a 6hr. drive at 3,000 RPMs be a bad thing?

4: Recommendations for first oil change. I'm at 350 miles right now.

I'm really pleased that I got a Jeep and I want to take good care of it.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on these questions.

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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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1) leave it in 1st or reverse. Parking brake as a backup

3) I don't like it either, but it's fine
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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:32 AM   #3
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When parking, apply the parking brake, put trans in neutral, let the brake hold the vehicle, then put trans in 1st.

Bestop makes a very good plastic window cleaner and since they make Jeep's soft top .......

Not sure on #3

I change my oil every 5k miles. Today's oils don't need to be changed every 3k.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:50 AM   #4
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1. Put in first if parking with an incline, reverse if parking on a decline, parking brake always!

2. I use 303 protectorant on my top and windows. To polish up clear windows I used mothers plastic polish ($7) and it works fine using elbow grease.

3. You are ok

4. You just killed some kittens by mentioning oil change. Just kidding, change as often as you want.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #5
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Well number 1 seems to be answered. 2 I would go with best top stuff. 3 it is the 3.7 so it is ment to run a little higher rpms than the old 4.0. And number 3 I would change it at about 1000 miles the first time just because it is a new engine and little shaving may come off as it breaks in. After that change it every 4000 to 5000 miles and check it every 1000 to make sure it is still full and looks good.

Congrats on the new jeep
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