I agree with all of the responses. But I must add even if you are changing the fluid every 30,000 miles, why not go right ahead and change the filter for and extra 10 bucks or so. Can't hurt a darn thing to keep a nice clean filter in there. When I purchase a used vehicle I will do a minimum of 2 Fluid and filter changes unless it's above 100k miles then it's an automatic 3 fluid and filter changes regardless of what the fluid looks or smells like, driving the vehicle for at least 500 to 1,000 miles or so. I know it's almost totally 100% clean oil when I do the third Fluid and filter change. Then I know I can go at least 60k mile before needing to do it again under normal driving conditions. Be sure to find out the torque value for the pan bolts and use a good pound inch torque wrench (not with the rubber gasket, use the force Luke). I will use the rubber gasket until my last oil change then I use RTV when I know I'm not going to need to remove it for 60k miles.
Last edited by sbboudreau61; 11-02-2012 at 09:03 PM.
Current vehicles, 06 GC SXT, 09 Nissan CUBE
Previous Mopars in order, 67 Coronet 500, 80 Horizon TC3, 88 Cherokee, 95 GC, 88 Ply Reliant, 96 GC SE, 98 Dakota
Prev non Mopar, in order, 1st car 68 Chevy Biscane 250 six, 80 Chevy Chevette, 65 AMC American 660, 77 Olds Cutlas Supr Bro, 88 Chevy Spectrum, 72 Jeep Wagoneer, 86 Mazda 626 GT Turbo, 02 Mustang GT Conv, 06 Toyota Solara Conv, 09 Toyota Corolla,
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