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Old 04-18-2011, 03:56 PM
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Just got my self a 06 QC Big horn 4x4 in feb. After getting the front ball joints replaced under warranty and the cats also its now running awesome. My questions are i've never owned a 4x4 before, when and what fluids should be changed or topped off? Also with the transmissions what are the intervels for fluid replacment or top off? I know i can look in the onwers manual but wanted some expert advice from the guys and gals here!! Another few questions what is the best oil to put in the hemi, right now i did my first oil change with Amsol oil sythetic, what do you guys use? I know the trannys in these trucks are not the best, i do not tow anything so whats the best way to keep this thing running strong for years to come.

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The owners manual is the best place for that to be honest. Follow schedule B in the manual is what I do with some exceptions. Be sure though to check your oil regularly and to of course change it and the filter at the same time every 3K miles I go by. You should also be sure to replace the breather filter if one is there every so many miles like 12K and the differential fluids to be changed every 12K miles if you are certainly doing alot of towing else wise every 25K-50K miles will do for light everyday driving. The transmission fluid you should flush it while the truck is young because if you flush out the transmission fluid when it becomes high mileage then there is a higher risk of damaging the valve body but if you take care of the tranny while it's young then flushing as it gets older there is not much a risk involved at all. The radiator take good good care of it be sure to use distilled water with the mixes and to make sure there is enough fluid in the reserve tank. As for the brakes every 12K-20K miles flush the brake system to remove any rust and water. I like to use valvoline fluids for everything possible. Cheap autozone antifreeze and win dixie distilled water is fine for radiator. Be sure though to drain the block when flushing radiator fluid. Be sure to replace the PCV valve every 12K miles along with the spark plugs. the wireset should be replaced around 12K miles they say but I have seen some like mine make it twice that. But taking care of the vehicle is very important. also periodically put some seafoam in the gasoline to keep the valves clean cause taking the cylinder heads off so many thousands miles to clean the valves and replace the valve stem seals is not all that fun. putting seafoam in the oil is also good to clean the engine and sludge if any as well. put seafoam in the oil ONLY 100-200 miles BEFORE it's oil is to be changed. when you flush the radiator do be sure to use a flushing agent. make sure you keep the radiator not only clean on the inside but outside as well free of bugs. as for filters I use fram but many people are going to detest that cause of some issues fram has but your next option is mobile, kn, and of course mopar. try to top off using the same exact brand and grade fluids to avoid and problems that might occur. change the transmission filter regularly especially since it is a newer truck and some small metallic flakes will show up as the transmission is being put through it's work-in period. changing trans filter every 12,000 miles is great.
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oh yea almost forgot make sure the transmission fluid is ATF+4 or any chysler approved auto trans fluid. some mechanics and consumers are dumb enough to use dexon and stuff but it's smart to use what was made for it. alot of the dodge transmission problems occur because of using the wrong fluid and not having the transmission serviced regularly. besure to have the transmission bands if any adjusted and have any adjustments that are needed to be done.
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when i buy a used vehicle, unless i actually know the person that owned it
or if there are very well kept service records

i would start fresh, changing all the fluids, that way you KNOW what was done & when

other oil filters are WIX, Napa, & Purolator
Air filters are a toss up, I went with K & N, mine is cleanable, but now thinking about it, will i take time to clean it? should i buy a 2nd cleanable filter to insert while the 1st one is drying out, or should a buy a regular one & just put it for a couple days & then put the now cleaned & dried filter back in ................
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Thanks for the info guys, i think i'm going to do the plugs this week or next, truck has 65k on it. Do i need to replace the coils too? I know its 16 plugs, from what i've been reading here stick to the copper ones, i know autozone has NGK copper plugs for our trucks.
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What should they be gapped at?
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dealer said 350 for spark plugs F THAT doing it my self!
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I just did my plugs yesterday. I started in the back on the driver side bank, as I wanted to get the most difficult 4 out of the way 1st. It took me 3 hours start to finish, but I was in no hurry to get anywhere. Good luck
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Yeah i'm going to do them on thursday save my self some money and time...350 is just crazy...
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I've read that some people have problems with after market plugs. May wanna stick to stock.(OEM)
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