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Old 01-11-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Oil questions

I bought a 2013 Wrangler a couple months ago is is getting ready for it's first oil change and I have some questions #1. Is the wrangle factory filled with synthetic oil? The owners manual just says "Oil of good quality is installed". #2. Do you have to have oil changed at dealership to maintain your warranty. The reasons I ask is the selling dealership is over 30 miles from me and driving 60 miles for a oil change seems silly. I have a garage in town that I've used for 10 years and I can watch what kind of oil they put in and look over the underside of jeep. #3. Does oil change reminder light come on by measuring miles or does it come on because it actually measures the oils condition. In other words, does the computer monitor the oil's condition or just go by number of miles since last change. My Jeep is 2013 flame red 2dr. with 3.73 traction-lok gears, hard top, and although it came with these silly little 225/75 x 16, the dealer installed the 255/75 x17 tire and polished wheels. I also made sure they reflashed the computer to reflect the change. It really looked funny with the 225's, kinda like a little mail truck and now it has the appearance of a proper Wrangler. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Old 01-11-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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It does not come from the factory with synthetic oil. You do not have to have your oil changed at a dealership. It is easy to do it yourself. I would suggest keeping a simple record of your oil changes. Many will tell you that you have to keep the receipts, but that is simply not necessary. A simple log will suffice. I use a spreadsheet.

The change oil indicator is not based on mileage, it is based on duty cycle. You do not want to rely on that alone because time between changes is also a factor and it does not account for that.

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I would strongly advise you to review your owner's manual, especially the 4WD section, It is available on the DVD you received or can be downloaded from www.jeep.com.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:36 AM   #4
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1. No

2. No. Just keep your receipts if you change it yourself or have it done elsewhere than at a Chrysler dealership.

3. It monitors how you drive and alerts you when it is time to change based on that, not miles.
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... It is easy to do it yourself. I would suggest keeping a simple record of your oil changes. Many will tell you that you have to keep the receipts, but that is simply not necessary. A simple log will suffice. I use a spreadsheet.

The change oil indicator is not based on mileage, it is based on duty cycle. You do not want to rely on that alone because time between changes is also a factor and it does not account for that.
Straight from daggo. Take it to the bank!

So easy to change, I'd be embarrassed to pay someone to do it! Drain oil goes into a 5-gal bulk oil container and gets recycled when it's near full....

Keep a spreadsheet record of date and mileage of oil, oil filter & air filter changes, gas purchases, tire rotations, etc.


p.s. I added a Fumoto valve to make it even easier to change oil....

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Old 01-11-2014, 12:34 PM   #6
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daggo pretty much nailed it!

1. No

2. No problem doing it yourself, keep a log or a spreadsheet like daggo66 mentioned. I also prefer a spreadsheet. I like to keep the invoices showing the oil and filter I bought which shows the grade of oil that I used, if in the rare event an oil related issue should arise.

3. The oil change minder is duty cycle programmed, it has no way of determining oil condition however. If you read the owners manual it also states when to change the oil which is by time or miles, if the oil change minder doesn't trigger. I have one in a Jeep Liberty and it can sometimes take 2 years to light up, which would not comply with the Warranty.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:27 AM   #7
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Many will tell you that you have to keep the receipts, but that is simply not necessary. A simple log will suffice.
Not according to Chrysler, the ones who decide whether to deny a warranty claim due to improper routine maintenance.

After this thread I emailed Chrysler, mainly asking about doing my own oil changes and what proof I would need that this is being done. The next business day I received this from them:

If you do decide to do the oil changes your self, just keep all the receipts of the oil and saying that you paid for it.We then asked the tech advisor at our local dealer service department the same thing yesterday when we were up there getting an inspection done for a transmission line recall. He said that we should keep a log AND save any receipts of work done outside the dealer.

I think I will continue to save my receipts.

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