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Unread 12-05-2010, 03:51 PM   #31
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after reading your sig... i have determined that pictures of your vehicle are a must for future assessments

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Unread 12-05-2010, 06:10 PM   #32
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that's one hell of a schedule you have there man!!!

An alignment every oil change is a bit much.... although i used to love the "toe and go" customers that wanted an alignment more than needed

Same thing with the rotate and balance. Rotation every 5-6k miles is plenty. Really don't need a re-balance unless you have a vibe issue. And if tires need balancing after a single rotation then there's a problem with either the tire, shocks, or alignment.
Well I get paid to align my Jeep,so why not? And yes it is true I actually get paid to do my own alignment(on a Hunter digital alignment rack) when ever I want.

I also run $1500 in tires with very aggressive tread which require rotating more often,and th balancing is just good practice as it keeps the vibs down which prolongs bearings and ball joint life,and again it's free so why not? Rough roads can and will knock the balance out pretty fast along with the alignment.

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Unread 12-05-2010, 06:18 PM   #33
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If i got paid to do my own alignments, i'd do them every year too

I can still do my own alignments for free on a hunter machine... but its not really necessary yearly on a "normal" jeep.

Yours is anything but normal
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Unread 12-05-2010, 06:32 PM   #34
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If i got paid to do my own alignments, i'd do them every year too

I can still do my own alignments for free on a hunter machine... but its not really necessary yearly on a "normal" jeep.

Yours is anything but normal
It's actually very wise to have your alignment checked every year as the smallest pothole can and will knock your alignment out,this also helps find wheel bearings and tie rod ends that maybe starting to go.Getting a lifetime alignment package from a place like Firestone is a very good buy.

I have had poeple buy brand new vehicles and come over and buy a lifetime alignment package and find out there brand new vehicle with less then 20 miles on it is out of alignment.Seen it with my own eyes on every vehicle I put on the alignment rack with less then 3000 miles on it.This is normal from the transportation process.
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Unread 12-05-2010, 06:42 PM   #35
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I wouldn't say that a tiny pothole will always knock an alignment out of spec... if that was the case we'd have a lot more people burning through tires around my town . Hell i've seen vehicles with 50k miles on them that still have alignments in spec.

It sure doesn't hurt to have it checked every year though.

For anyone who doesn't do their own maintenance, i always recommend trying to find a good mechanic and sticking with them. You should be able to identify worn bearings, tie rods, etc during an oil change.
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Unread 12-05-2010, 08:52 PM   #36
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wow thats a pretty expsnsive schedule, im somewhere close to that on my civic but that car has a built motor from rsx-s and not too many stock parts left. i assume you do most of your maint because your car has tons of aftermarket parts as well?
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Unread 12-05-2010, 09:50 PM   #37
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wow thats a pretty expsnsive schedule, im somewhere close to that on my civic but that car has a built motor from rsx-s and not too many stock parts left. i assume you do most of your maint because your car has tons of aftermarket parts as well?
Engine and trans are 100% stock,oil is cheap,parts are not.
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Unread 12-06-2010, 04:28 AM   #38
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Engine and trans are 100% stock,oil is cheap,parts are not.
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On a lot of the truck forums im on there are guys who are pushing their oil to the limit and bragging of only needing 1 oil change every 15k miles or so.

Screw that. I use the same oil and change it every 5k. Takes me 20-30 minutes, $40 twice a year and im 100% positive that my oil is always "fresh".

Same thing for diff's... really not that hard to drain and fill every once in a while. Especially if you offroad since there's likely to be water contamination.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:27 PM   #39
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You guys are serious about replacing spark plugs at less 30 k miles? I've never owned anything that required plugs that early! Most manufacturers don't recommend plugs til around 100k, except for the 2005 F150 I just traded out of that burns the plugs into place....hence, one of the reasons I got rid of it. Anyway, isn't there a Jeep recommended care plan to follow? I know I saw it on page one of the KK forum...
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:32 PM   #40
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I've never owned anything that required plugs that early!
Now you do. Check out the maintenance schedule in the owners manual

They're easy to replace, especially on the 3.7L.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 07:48 PM   #41
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You guys are serious about replacing spark plugs at less 30 k miles? I've never owned anything that required plugs that early! Most manufacturers don't recommend plugs til around 100k, except for the 2005 F150 I just traded out of that burns the plugs into place....hence, one of the reasons I got rid of it. Anyway, isn't there a Jeep recommended care plan to follow? I know I saw it on page one of the KK forum...
Yeah because your KK uses copper core plugs,cheap to buy.No need for fancy plugs that cost $10+ each.Takes 20-30mins to change the plugs and costs about $12-$14 in parts.I have yet to see a spark plug actually last 100k and perform well,been turning wrenches professionally for 14 years.I can always tell the issue with a vehcile with a misfire at about 80k-90k with OE plugs that states they are good for 100k,it needs plugs.
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Unread 05-08-2011, 11:53 AM   #42
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Every 30k I replace the plugs. I switched off to Bosch platinum ($2.99 ea), my idle is smoother than the NGK's.

I am very skeptical about changing the spark plugs every 100k miles .... at least one plug will begin misfiring before 60k.

mobil claims their synthetic can last 7500 miles before replacing ....HA! ..... whatever happen to slick 50 oil products?
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Unread 05-08-2011, 12:09 PM   #43
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I used it once before.... no significant change in engine wear that I could see...

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this is the inventor of slick 50. http://www.divnick.com/about/index.html
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Unread 05-08-2011, 12:18 PM   #44
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This maybe good for some engines tochange the oil at 7500 miles, but not good for mine.

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