New Owner/1st Oil Change

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  1. Craigster

    Craigster New Member

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    Hello everyone, my name's Craig. I recently purchased an 08' Dodge Nitro SLT. I thought it was a pretty good deal. It had almost 104k miles, 4x4, heated seats, sunroof and other nice options. I paid $8900 for it. The engine sounds smooth, other than a sliggt spark knock. It had a few issues and still does. It was in a minor front end accident. I removed the grille and reclipped the bumper in. I had to flush the engine coolant. There was a red/brown sludge under the radiator cap. I flushed the heater core as well. This also helped on my heat issues. Lol. I just changed my oil and it looked pretty good. That oil filter it a trick though. Lmao. I still have a back passenger door that doesn't unlock on its own. The pastic trim on the drivers seat has a broken tab. Rear windshield wiper arm is broke. The accessory plug plastic insert is broke too. All I'm all, I think it was a reasonable buy.
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    Scar0 Khaki Nitro Nut Moderator Member Relations NOTM Winner!

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    Oh ya, that oil filter can be a pain. I found laying on my back with my feet toward the rear(under the rig) and reaching up over head, is the easiest way to get to it.
    Being lifted helps too. :rolleyes:
     
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    Welcome to the group! Yeah, those are minor things that can easily be fixed by raiding a few junkyards and such. I need to replace my driver's seat trim as well, seems to be a common part that breaks. The 12v cover can be easily fixed by swapping out the entire plug assembly, or by getting some kind of plug from wally world, etc. Attenna plugs (used on old cop cars) can also be used, you'll just have to find the right size. The spark knock will probably be fixed by changing your plugs, I have the same thing and just need to put in new plugs. They should be changed every 30k, and make sure to use the cheap NGK copper plugs, don't get the platinum ones.
     
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    I changed the plugs. The electrode was pretty worn down. I figured they were replaced already, since it had 104k on it.... but nope, all were original.
     
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    The 3.7 requires plugs to be changed every 30,000 miles(50,000 km).
    Do not use platinum plugs in the 3.7! They will cause nothing but problems.
    Use the cheap NGK ZFR6F-11G plugs. They are what the 3.7 was designed to run.
    At 30K mine were getting pretty bad looking.
     
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    That's exactly what I did... they were around $20! I thought it would help my gas milage, but it's still the same at 17mpg.
     
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    Ya, the Nitro is not the best on mileage.
    A free flowing exhaust and intake helped, and the 4.7 throttle body helped me even more.
    I have 3 things going against me.
    Roof rack with lights, oversize mud tires, and a winch on the front bumper.
    Even with all that, I still manage to get 17+- Mpg going up to my Mom's place in the mountains. Start at ~280', down to 28', up to 930', down to 380' and back.
     

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