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Guess I'm lazy..I just haven"t crawled under the Nitro yet to survey what is entailed to changing the oil myself. Jeez I must be getting old, I should have done this while it was still on the showroom floor to assess the difficulty factor..I always have before. What's the scoop. Been too damn cold and slushy snowy to do it myself yet..What it going to take?
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I haven't looked yet either. But I thought that you have to have all your oil changes documented to maintain the warranty, ie; done by the dealer or an oil change place & have a dated reciept to prove it.
 

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I haven't looked yet either. But I thought that you have to have all your oil changes documented to maintain the warranty, ie; done by the dealer or an oil change place & have a dated reciept to prove it.
I'm pretty sure that is not so..However I would document each oil change (date and miles, ) and I would keep the receipt for the oil and filter.
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I always keep a little log book in the glove box , every fill up, oil change, filter change, bulb change everything goes in there dated. always give it to the dealer at trade in they love it. can show next buyer how it was maintained. also gets me a better deal on trade in time.
 

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Nitro Oil Change

Had first oil change last week on my SLT 3.7 by a trusted mechanic at a local shop. Mechanic had very hard time removing the stock Mopar oil filter. Besides being barely visible, it was difficult to reach with minimal space to work in; must be removed from below. From the factory - the filter was overly-tight and no lubricant on the gasket. The manual recommends using a drive on lift rather than a chassis lift. Drive on lifts are not very common because chassis lifts are capable of handling wheel tracks. BTW, make sure you keep the receipts and mileage if work is not performed by a Dodge service dealer.
 

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2007 3.7L Oil Filter Removal

Impossible for me! I took my oil and oil filter to the dealer. They removed the old and used mine for a little less than $10. (I had to have it towed there because the filter was so hard to get off that I used a long rod (hehehe) driven through it as a pry bar and it began to rip the metal of the filter it was on so tight. Since it had no oil or ability to hold oil, I had to have it towed. :( ).

Have the dealer do the first oil change and inform them to PROPERLY install the new filter (with a dab of oil spread lightly over the seal and only hand tight). Personally I used the K&N HP2009 as it is rated one of the best AND it has a socket-style end.

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Changing Oil Filter

What was Dodge thinking, or not, to place the oil filter in such a hidden, hard to reach place, and too tight to remove by hand? I would certainly like to hear the explanation. Had my own seasoned mechanic change the filter because I could not find it without a lift. It took him a few minutes to find it, even on the rack and searching with a flash light. Dodge would have had better public relations if they offered a free first oil change.
 

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I took a look and just figured it was worth the price to let the dealer do it. My dealer did do my first one free, so I guess if I ever want to do it myself, it wont be as bad to remove the old one. I think this will be my first vehicle that I wont be doing it myself on. I've seen people get better treatment from the manufacturers, concerning warranty issues, when they have all their service work done by the dealer. That, IMO, makes it worth it.
 

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It seems as if those of you that have the 3.7L have more problems than those with the 4.0L engine. When I had my Liberty, it was a PITA to change oil in that as well and it has the 3.7L. I had to place a plastic bag around it while taking off the old one. If I didn't oil would go all over the skid plate and everything else. When I bought it I got free oil changes every 6k miles and when the dealer first did it I about crapped. I thought they forgot to put something back on because it looked like a quart of oil was on my garage floor the following morning:mad:
 

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I won't have a problem with taking the car in to the dealer for oil changes if it wasn't for the fact that you make an appointment for the early morning and they hi-jack your vehicle for half the day!!! My time is too valuable to be waiting four hours for an oil change. I'd rather sit around at home and watch paint dry!!!
 

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I won't have a problem with taking the car in to the dealer for oil changes if it wasn't for the fact that you make an appointment for the early morning and they hi-jack your vehicle for half the day!!! My time is too valuable to be waiting four hours for an oil change. I'd rather sit around at home and watch paint dry!!!
My dealer promises 30 min or less and seems to be true
 

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Is the 4.0 oil filter in a different location than the 3.7??

My R/T was one of the easiest oil changes I have ever done.....
Yes the 3.7 is harder to get at :i_rolleyes:
 
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I have either the dealer or oil change shop handle it. Has anyone gone to the synthetic lubricant? I heard from another Nitro owner that it helped her mileage. How often would the synthetic need to be replaced?
 

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3.7L Never Again, 4.0L Piece of Cake!

I just changed the oil and filter on my wife's SLT 3.7L Nitro yesterday, after letting the grease monkeys at one of those quick oil change places do the first couple of oil changes (I just didn't have the time at the moment those first two changes).

I told my wife after the ordeal that our dealer would be doing all future oil changes because the oil filter was such a pain in the a$$. Both of our Nitros are 4x4 due to where we live in the mountains with snow every year for about 3 to 4 months. I don't know if the 2 wheel drive 3.7L engines are any easier to change the oil filter, but with the 4x4 at least, it is I would consider impossible to change without removing the plastic drip diverting part and
even then there is no way to remove the filter without spilling a lot of oil all over the front drive-train and the driveway. I used a pair of ramps to lift the front of the Nitro so I could get under it without trouble and due to the driveway slope it was almost level when on top of the ramps.

By contrast, the R/T's 4.0L engine is a piece of cake to change the oil and filter, so I will probably continue to change my oil and filter myself.
 

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Hello, 6 oil changes for $70 is a great deal. I saw an 08 Modern Blue Nitro at a dealers lot last week end and it is a sharp looking color. :smileup:
 

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I bring mine to a trusted friend who owns his own shop. I like having the receipt so as not to give the dealer a reason to void my warantee. I also like that he can squeeze me in with a phone call and I don't have to get in line @6:30 AM as I would at the dealer.
 

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why all the receipts???????????????????????????

I haven't looked yet either. But I thought that you have to have all your oil changes documented to maintain the warranty, ie; done by the dealer or an oil change place & have a dated reciept to prove it.
:confused:why should we have to keep receipts on the oil changes if we do it ourselves? if the engine stops working correctly because of the oil issue or something mechanical because of the oil, they will do a diagnostic check to tell you exactly why the engine locked up or whatever. they can tell you how old the oil in the engine is, i'm pretty sure that they can take the oil and run a complete breakdown on it like if they would take some blood out of you and send it to the lab for further analysis. i know that they can even tell you if the oil level was too low or too high when the engine locked up!

my point is, if the engine gets all gummed up and stops running and the diagnosis was that the gasoline that was put in it contained an off product or it was labeled as bad gas or the gas tank that supplied the engine contained water and somehow this caused the engine to malfunction. how many of you have kept receipts on the gas purchases that you have bought and filled up your nitro fuel tank? who is to blame for the bad fuel, you or the gas station you bought it at?

i know another, what if my transmission locks up? the conclusion was the level was too low.........well i'm not able to check the level boss because THERE IS NO DIPSTICK FOR ME TO CHECK IT WITH!! i do bring it in to get it serviced(level checked by the dealer).

what about all the other fluids? if you drain your radiator and replace the antifreeze with new one and top off with water. do you keep your receipts?

how about if your brake system fails and you get in a crash and the diagnosis was that there was air in the line from when the brake system had to be worked on last week and you had to drain all the fluid out and replace it and there was some trapped air left inside because you were in a hurry. not the brake pads failing but the internal system due to personal error. do you keep a receipt for this, when you bought new brake fluid?

what about an approved power steering fluid additive? or fuel additive? or oil additive? still keeping receipts? where does it stop? why begin, as long as it is documented on paper, not a receipt. sure the receipt will let them know that you are "not lying".

every car that i have bought or owned, i have never been told to keep my receipts on anything if doing it myself. i've never had a problem with the dealerships for not having a receipt and these have been ford, dodge and honda dealerships. can you tell me exactly where on paperwork does it say to keep a receipt on anything dealing with my vehicle if i do the repair myself?

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