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DavidG
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9/04/2001
13:05:22

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I have a '01 Dak 4.7L 4x4. I am trying to locate a detailed maintenance schedule that is accurate. I have noticed that the owners manual is differant then the dealership recommendations. If anyone could help or provide a URL or PDF file, it would be very much appreciated.



Dan Gruber
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9/04/2001
19:07:10

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Let me guess...the dealership is recommending a more aggressive maintenance schedule than what's in the owners manual. If so, it is profiteering pure and simple. Happens all the time...kind of like a $600 fabric treatment that is nothing more than a spray can of scotchguard.

I don't have the owners manual handy (it's in my glove box), but doing a mental comparison between what I remember from the owners manual and what I'm looking at in the factory service manual, the two seem to be the same. I follow the heavy service schedule because I'm right on the edge of being in the hard use category, at least in terms of the number of short trips that I make and the temperature range that I operate the truck in. Other than that I generally baby the heck out of the truck.

I'd stick with what's in the owners manual (either maintenance schedule), and keep good service records. That way if something does go wrong and the truck requires warranty repairs, the dealer can't claim that you didn't follow the recommended service.

Dan
2000 CC SLT 4.7 4X4 Auto 3.55 LSD

DavidG
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9/04/2001
21:25:19

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Thanks for the feed back Dan. I live in the DC area and drive approx. 100 miles a day. Like you, I baby mine also.
There are many things out of the owners manual that isn't covered. Ex. Wheel bearing greasing, break fluid changing, and on and on.
Some folks would consider me to be a little over bearing when it comes to my vehicles, but I can say that I never got stranded.. I have even gone as far as to looking to Dodge for the service manual that has been mentioned in these goups in the past with no luck. That is the reason that I asked earlier for a URL or PDF so I have some sort of reference.

Thanks again...



LeoC
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4/19/2003
01:01:16

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Yesterday, my dealer showed me a maintenance schedule book that was divided into two sections: the "A Schedule" and the "B Schedule." It was titled for a 2001 vehicle and he said it comes with all new Chrysler products. Looked like a pretty aggresive schedule. He was recommending that I do a transmission flush on my Dakota ('94 CC SLT 2WD 126K). My father-in-law says it may not be necessary, or at least to hold off 'til 150K. I try to take good care of it and generally follow recommended maintenance, but lately it seems like the dealer is starting to push stuff. I saw a recent article on MSN Autos that basically says we tend to spend more on vehicle care than is really necessary. Any thoughts?



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