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Old 11-24-2009, 12:09 AM
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Trans flush and new fluid,
differential fluid replacement,
PS system purge and fluid replacement,
coolant system flush and new coolant,
EGR valve replacement,
check all body mounting bolts,
O2 sensor replacement,
inspect front wheel bearings and replace as necessary,
inspect brake pads/shoes, rotors and drums,
brake system fluid replace and bleed system,
check all suspension fasteners and
generally inspect the vehicle, top to bottom.
the only thing i know how to do in that list is look at brake pads....

maybe this is something i shouldnt tackle myself...
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MADDOG has a good list there for ya', lot of helpful recommendations there. However, as has been discussed here, I guess it seems that transmission flush vs. just changing fluid and filter boils down to personal preference. I have never flushed any of my transmissions, just changed fluid/filter. I was always told that if there are any contaminants in there, flushing it loosens that debris and clogs things up, so perhaps I am just a bit on the paranoid/OCD side, lol. Either way, I don't recommend it, just my .02 and my ex (backyard mechanic - I always listened to father-in-law, lol) notwithstanding, I have not had transmission trouble as a result of not flushing it.

As far as a high mileage oil, I recommend Valvoline, it really helped recondition the seals on my Jeep when I started using it, but if you follow MADDOG's list, you should be in good shape for a good long time! Good luck and let us know how it goes!



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bout to show just how much of a newb i am...

i have no idea where the spark plugs are, lol. thats how i little i know. any chance someone could take a pic under their hood and point me in the right direction?

is the transmission pan under the truck like the oil pan is? seems like thought shouldnt be too hard for me to do.

power steering and brake fluid was alrdy done after i got into a wreck and had to the get the whole front end replaced (or so they told me)
I don't really mean to sound like a jerk, but if you're not too sure on where spark plugs are located, you should visit your local parts store and grab a Hayne's Manual before you attempt any of the servicing anyone here is suggesting. They're only a few bucks and they help immensely! Educate yourself and good luck with the tasks! Working on your own vehicle can be a lot of fun and a superb learning experience - You just need to make sure you know what your doing to avoid a costly mistake.

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lol, i take no offense at all. im on the fence about just bringing it to a reputable shop to get it taken care of
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lol, i take no offense at all. im on the fence about just bringing it to a reputable shop to get it taken care of
I'm glad you didn't take offense to that - I was trying to make sure I didn't sound like a jerk. Taking it to a reputable shop is not a bad idea, but a couple of those things you could try out doing to get yourself more familiar with your truck. That's what I'm going to do... Anything fairly simple, I'm going to grab a Hayne's Manual and try to tackle myself... I'll leave the stuff that's "out of my league" to someone that does it often.
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I'm glad you didn't take offense to that - I was trying to make sure I didn't sound like a jerk. Taking it to a reputable shop is not a bad idea, but a couple of those things you could try out doing to get yourself more familiar with your truck. That's what I'm going to do... Anything fairly simple, I'm going to grab a Hayne's Manual and try to tackle myself... I'll leave the stuff that's "out of my league" to someone that does it often.
How right you are!! I do many things myself but depending on the vehicle and the possible risk depending what your doing a shop is the way to go. I can do spark plugs, but I will not do them on this truck yet, I just turned over 100k miles and dont know if they have ever been changed. So instead of breaking one off and being screwed ill give it to my dodge mechanic friend and let him have at it. I do my oil changes, any brake components, egr valve, pcv valve (easy), o2 sensors, and the list of easy stuff goes on and on. Get the hayne's manual and have at her, once you start reading you'll know if its something you want to mess with or not.
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Flushing the trans is a better idea than dropping the pan and replacing what fluid is lost because a flush gets all the fluid, including the torque converter. As for the dealer telling you the tune ups were up to date, it's safe to assume they arent lying about it. After all, they're in the business to make money, not send potential customers away if the need something.
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be careful with the flushing transmission thing if you do it. When my dad bought his truck in 1993 it was brand new and he never touched the transmission until about 100k miles. The place he took it to made him sign a waiver before they would flush it incase something happened. Well sure enough the tranny went out the very next day and needed to be rebuilt. He lost reverse if i remember correctly. Maybe his was a fluke accident but it does happen. After the rebuild he didnt touch the tranny for another 150k miles and we never had a problem with it.
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If your truck is a Hemi, it should have 2 spark plugs per cylinder. That's 16 plugs total. When you pop your hood, and look straight down on your engine, there will be wires running from side to side under your air resonator (the plastic thing that says 5.7L Hemi...) These wires go to your spark plugs. There will be a rubber cap on the end of the wires about 6-8 inches long that you pull off to get to your plugs. There will be another plug directly beside of it, which you will have to remove the coil pack to replace these. If I remember correctly, there are 2 10mm bolts in these.

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If a flush harms your trans, chances are it was neglected for way too long to begin with.
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