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Old 01-12-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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Anything to pay attention to for the new JK?

Now I've put 2000 kms on my new JK. Since this is the 1st new car I've got, is there anything to pay attention to?

For example oil change, is it the same thing, once every 5000kms? should I do it at the dealer's or it's the same everywhere, and what kind of oil should I get?

What else do I need to do on a regular basis to keep it running in good shape?

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Old 01-12-2009, 11:35 PM   #2
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As far as engine oil goes, synthetic is the best. I will use that after I reap all the free oil changes from my dealership I got when I bought the Jeep...why waste money ya know??? Anywhere you go it's probably all the same oil change service, and it's good practice to rotate the tires about the same time. If you read the owners manual, it should have a basic schedule for you. Trying keep it relatively clean under the hood always helps, although maybe difficult. And you could also get an aftermarket air filter that will last the life of your vehicle, and clean it out every time you change your oil.

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Now I've put 2000 kms on my new JK. Since this is the 1st new car I've got, is there anything to pay attention to?

For example oil change, is it the same thing, once every 5000kms? should I do it at the dealer's or it's the same everywhere, and what kind of oil should I get?

What else do I need to do on a regular basis to keep it running in good shape?

Thanks.
congrats my fellow Canuck. Where in Ontario? I have also read that synthetic is best, I may do that as well on my new one.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:24 PM   #4
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congrats my fellow Canuck. Where in Ontario? I have also read that synthetic is best, I may do that as well on my new one.
I live in KW area. I think I got the JK just in time to fight the snow here lol...
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As far as engine oil goes, synthetic is the best. I will use that after I reap all the free oil changes from my dealership I got when I bought the Jeep...why waste money ya know??? Anywhere you go it's probably all the same oil change service, and it's good practice to rotate the tires about the same time. If you read the owners manual, it should have a basic schedule for you. Trying keep it relatively clean under the hood always helps, although maybe difficult. And you could also get an aftermarket air filter that will last the life of your vehicle, and clean it out every time you change your oil.
I was told synthetic oil costs much more than regualr one, but requires less frequent oil changes. Is this true? So for synthetic, how often should i do an oil change??
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Congrats on the new vehicle. Whatever you do with periodical maintenance, you need to be careful to at least satisfy the minimum service required to continue the warranty. I follow the periodical maintenance schedule like religion. Consult the owner's manual. When I purchased the car, it had an insurance policy that came with it that gives free tires for life as long as I do oil changes and tire rotation every 6000 at the dealer. Sounded like a good deal so I have been doing that. Tires for my jeep (looks identical to yours except mine is a rubicon) are pretty pricy.

If yours has the hard top and it looks like it does, it may leak in the center between the two half sections. Mine did when it was new the first couple of rain storms. Hopefully, this spring, when I start using it, pulling it off and putting it back, it won't resurface. This is my second 08 because the leak on the first one was not able to be solved by the manufacturer in a reasonable period.
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Gotta agree about the water leaks, my Sahara leaked at both left and right "B" pillars and center, they replaced the vehicle, hopefully the new one won't leak!
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The synthetic oil topic has been covered in previous threads if you want to look at other opinions. You are right though, it does cost more, however, you don't have to change at every 3000 miles. You could stretch it a bit further..to about 6000 miles, if you go with synthetic. I personnaly wouldn't recommend that and still change it at 3k.
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I had a K&N air filter in my old TJ, I really didn't notice much as far as HP or MPG was concerned. But I did end up saving cash in the long run just cleaning out my old air filters and not paying for it all the time.

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