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Thread: Another reason I hate Dodge.
05-06-2013, 08:38 AM #1
Another reason I hate Dodge.
This weekend I worked on a friends 2008 Durango. 16 spark plugs, trans filters (2 of them), front and rear diff fluid changes, transfer case fluid change, power steering fluid change, and brake fluid change. That thing sucked.
There are 16 plugs on the 4.7L motor, 8 for the intake side and 8 for the exhaust side. the intake side uses copper plugs so they need to be changed every 30,000 miles. the exhaust side uses iridium, so they are 100,000 mile plugs. The coils have a boot running strait down from the bottom that go into these deep holes where the plugs are on the intake, then they have a standard plug wire connector on the top that the plug wire runs down to the exhaust side plug. Those boots going down into the hole sucked to get off. They were not available for individual purchase so the one that ripped (fun getting out of the tiny hole) resulted in the purchase of a $40 coil pack. Here is the kicker. The plugs are recessed in some pretty deep holes, that a standard spark plug socket will not fit into. I could not find a thin walled socket so I just ground one of my old sockets down. It took me 3 hours to change plugs!
Another awesome design that they did was to put the rear lateral track bars to a stud sticking out of the middle of the rear diff cover. So, those needed to to be pulled off to pull the rear cover. What a PITA. The trans had 2 filters in it. One was a standard sump filter, the other a screw on oil filter type. All together I had about 11 hours into it on Saturday (not including the time I had my wife and kids driving around chasing parts).
After I finished, I test drove it and it was all over the road. It dangerously changed lanes after hitting bumps. I got out and bounced the front end. It needs shocks badly. So, I ordered a new set of Bilsteins for it. Heck, I can't afford to put them on my truck, but every truck that I have worked on over the last year now has them. Thanks for letting my rant!!
Last edited by Pikey; 05-06-2013 at 09:01 AM.
1995 Silverado 4x4
6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge
2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors, http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...5-GMC-Yukon-XL
2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)
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