spark plugs and fuel injector service. dodge wants me to pay 600 for the 30,000 mile service. and im hearing i dont need to do that until 100,000 miles. please help me out so i can save money thx
What they di9d was wrote all that garbage so that pretty much every vehicle on the road has the short servicing periods.Going to guess this is so they can avoid paying out anything on their "lifetime" drivetrain warranty. Keep your receipts!
And then a couple of pages later it shows that only cars that do trailer towing and Taxi, police, or delivery vehicles are to be done with schedule B. Holy crap they made sure no one knew which way was up
I am about ready to go over to Dodge and make them give me something in writing as to which schedule they want me to follow in order to not void the warranty.What they di9d was wrote all that garbage so that pretty much every vehicle on the road has the short servicing periods.
That's funny - I am almost the complete opposite to you WRT servicing. I don't touch it and get it dealer services and the BOOK STAMPED every time. The reason is exactly the same as you stated about your Mom's car - if anything goes wrong, DCX have absolutely NO reason to even try and blame incorrect servicing - it takes a huge potential problem completely away.I am about ready to go over to Dodge and make them give me something in writing as to which schedule they want me to follow in order to not void the warranty.
I am only getting anal about it because Ford totally screwed my mom with her Cougar. She had less than 30k on the engine and it exploded... Ford said since she could not prove she ever changed the oil they would not replace the motor. My brother-in-law changes the oil on her car.
Dunno about you guys... but I am not paying anyone else to do the oil on my car. I have had more trouble having other people do work on my cars than I have had doing it myself. You give it to a service guy and then you have to worry about them scratching up the car or doing the job wrong. At least if I do that crap there is no one to blame but myself.
Just make sure whatever work you do to the car you document it. I am half tempted to keep digital pictures of oil receipts next to the odometer.
Don't get me wrong... my Harley goes into the dealership for service (it's there right now as a matter of fact). But that is different... At least with the car I have 3 more tires if one falls off. =)That's funny - I am almost the complete opposite to you WRT servicing. I don't touch it and get it dealer services and the BOOK STAMPED every time. The reason is exactly the same as you stated about your Mom's car - if anything goes wrong, DCX have absolutely NO reason to even try and blame incorrect servicing - it takes a huge potential problem completely away.
As for them damaging it - yep - that's a risk, but I tend to hang around and watch. Some tech's don't like it, but I say tough - I'm paying the money, I want to view the process.
When she gets back to the UK, I'll keep the servicing the same but with UK Dodge dealerships - gotta keep that book stamped up.
Don't get me wrong... my Harley goes into the dealership for service (it's there right now as a matter of fact). But that is different... At least with the car I have 3 more tires if one falls off. =)
Hehehe - true!
I just cannot see paying Dodge the money they want for doing simple service. Getting the tranny done... that I may pay for. But oil changes? Yeah... no. =)
I hear you and I agree to a certain extent. Trouble with me is that if I let anything go 'to chance', more often than not, I get bitten on the backside! In the UK my new car goes to the dealer - however, when it's out of warranty, it'll go to a garage. I used to do all my own servicing, but I just don't have the time these days!
Our Grand Caravan started throwing codes around 30k miles. Drove me nuts... Dodge wanted at minimum $100 to do the diag and find out the problem. I said to hell with that and bought a scantool at Sears. Plugged it in... saw that Cylinder 3 was misfiring. Reset the CEL and swapped wires from another car with Cylinder 3.... still showing a misfire. Swapped Cylinder 3's plug with Cylinder 4's and vice versa.... Cylinder 4 is misfiring... YAY! Found the problem. Took me less than 10 minutes.
Yep - sometimes they are as easy as that! In fact - I like those kind of failures!
So... Paid $250 (and got a $75 rebate later) on the scantool. Paid <$30 for the platinum plugs that were already in the thing... Swapped out ALL of the plugs in less than 30 minutes. Cost me roughly $205 and a bit of my time.
I asked them how much it would have cost to have them do the work...
Oh - they'd have stung you on the butt mate! I actually don't trust the service writers as far as I can throw HemiChemi! They try to talk to me the way they talk to others, however, they have no clue that I know most of what they are saying is BS. I have stood in a waiting room and heard them talking to other customers on the phone - sometimes what they tell them is not only technically wrong, but sometimes is akin to daylight robbery! They are NOT there for the customer - they are (generally) there for the bottom line....
A little over $300. I can think of better things to do with that $100. And you know they would have found something else wrong and blah blah blah. Screw that noise.
I grew up owning broke cars... We didn't have money to get other people to fix them so we had to learn how to do it ourselves. That is how I learned how to do body work and all sorts of things.
Me too - only since getting my degree and moving onto my next career have I found that I like the time to myself now (or with SWMBO) so am quite happy to pay somebody else to service/repair my cars. I used to spend 1-2 weekends a month just tinkering - for no real reason - used to drive SWMBO up the wall.
Not like it is Rocket Surgery. =)
They forgot:Severe Usage is defined as:
• Police, taxi, limousine, commercial type operation, or
trailer towing where the vehicle is driven regularly for
more than 45 minutes of continuous operation
Yeah... so when tires started costing more than $100 I stopped doing burnouts.Guys, look at the way most of us drive our cars .... my last auto-equipped car I changed the trans fluid every 20k approximately and at 90k the trans blew up to the point where every gear was Neutral ... the way we drive these things ("drive it like you stole it dude") can easily be considered "severe duty", so I plan on 3k oil changes, 6k tire rotations, 20-30k trans fluid flushes and 30k spark plug changes.