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DWP 12/7/2015

2007 Dodge Nitro SLT 6 Cyl 3.70L

Preventive Maintenance

Fluid changes for power steering and brakes

At our dealership they are constantly advising I need to change my power steering and brake fluids at certain milage. I'm 63 and have been driving for many years and have always heard unless you need to add fluids to these two areas don't open them. This supposedly keeps dirt out of the sealed area. These suggestions they give are not cheap and run around $200 each to change. I would like your opinion on this. I always get around 200,000 miles on my vehicles and the last few years they have been preaching this procedure.

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Jimm 12/7/2015

Follow the recommended maintenance schedule and list of items in the maintenance manual for your vehicle.

If no brake fluid or power steering fluid change is listed - then it's not considered as 'required' or 'mandatory' by the manufacturer.

It may be good practice, however - to at least replace the brake fluid maybe every 3 years or 36k miles - and avoid the dealerships, in general - for any maintenance items, unless you enjoy the hard sell tactics.

66,000 mile service (per the maintenance manual - for the 2007 Dodge Nitro):

Change Engine oil
Replace Oil filter
Rotate / adjust / check air pressure Wheels & tires

72,000 miles

Change Engine oil
Inspect Brake linings
Inspect/replace Drive belt(s)
Replace Oil filter
Rotate / adjust / check air pressure Wheels & tires

Oil filter and engine oil change - these can be performed by yourself at home or by independent garages / repair shops in your area.

Typical costs are around $25.00 if you perform the task yourself (around $3.00 - $5.00 for the filter and maybe $2.00 - $3.00 per quart of oil).

Oil filter = FRAM PH3600 - or it's equivalent at around $2.10 each from these on-line vendors: www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.partstrain.com - to list a few.

For brake fluid change - just get a couple of bottles of the correct brake fluid and an oven baster. Simply suck out & discard what you can out of the master cylinder reservoir & top off with the new stuff. Wait a month or so & do it again (by then, the new fluid mixes with the old). Then do it again a month later. An easy feed & bleed! That'll replace most of it. And you won't have to worry about making a mess in your driveway, getting air bubbles in the lines, breaking a frozen bleeder valve, or kinking a brake line.

Plus you have saved the $200.00 - minus the cost of the two or three containers of brake fluid at the auto parts store.

Be sure to record the 'brake fluid change' in the vehicle maintenance records when this simple task is completed.


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