Chris (or anyone that would like to chime in),
My significant other bought a used Liberty last night. 2006 Liberty
Limited, 4x4, CRD (2.8 I4). It has 25000 miles on it.
Since my truck is ready for the oil, diff, tranny and transfer case
fluid changes, I figured I would take care of her Liberty at the same time.
I have not had a chance to peek at the manual yet, but I thought I would
see if you had any advice or recommendations.
For example, the gaskets/seals on the diffs and tranny of my Dodge are
the reusable kind. Is the Liberty setup the same way? How about the
fuel filter? Easy to change? I'm sure it has never been changed ...
The oil in it is 10w-30, which maybe correct, but I was under the
impression that 5w-40 or 15w-40 was the oil to use in ALL diesels.
Thanks for the advice, Al. Of course, I will read the manual before
doing any fluid changes. I was really interested more in the tranny and
diffs. I just thought it was odd for a diesel to have 10w-30 in it.
Was that a "real" diesel or one of GM's failed attempts at converting a
On Thu, 17 May 2007 09:36:12 -0500, Craig C. wrote:
as does mine..I'll give you a warning though, 5,000 and its time for a
fuel filter. those aren't cheap! $50 (give or take) is what our local
dealer wants for them and last i checked, aftermarket parts houses hadn't
picked them up yet.
haven't done mine yet, but its a 545rfe trans so it should be the same
gasket, transfer case should be a drain plug and I'd suspect the rear diff
to use RTV like most of the other Chrysler axles i've worked on.
nor have i on diff/axle/transfer case interval recommendations i was going
to go with the standard 30K interval myself.
the fuel filter is a screw on canister, has a water in fuel sensor that
screws into the bottom. not easiest to get to but i've done much worse.
its really cramped under that hood. you'll find your fuel filter next to
the brake booster. just remember what i said about the price SHEESH!
i run rotella 15w40 in mine. buy it the same time as i do the stuff for
the big truck.
congratulations on the liberty dude. its a fun little truck with a
surprising amount of power. i used it to move my farm tractor one time it
done better than i expected as far as getting the tractor moving. but that
being i think the heaviest thing I'm going to stick behind it again is the
Very OUCH! I just called the Jeep dealer. $36.85. WIX shows that they
make it (part # 33647), but none of the auto-part stores carry it.
Parts guy said silicone on the diffs. Damn it! Those reusable gaskets
Normally I would as well, but being used I'm a bit freaked out about
waiting any longer.
I think I am just going to use the same oil that I use in my Cummins.
Valvoline Premium Blue Synthetic 5w-40. The manual says to use 0w-40
and if unavailable, 5w-40 "is acceptable".
I don't think I've ever seen 0w-40, but then I've never looked either.
It does have a surprising amount of "staying" power on the highway. The
best part though: on the way back from Ft. Worth to Dallas going down
I-20, 70 mph ... we got 30.1 mpg. That's awesome.
More on the Liberty tranny.
Interestingly, according to the parts guy at the Jeep dealership, the
Liberty has a "multi-speed" transmission and actually has two tranny
filters. A flat filter, like I'm use to seeing, and a spin on, cylinder
shaped filter. Both of which are inside the pan.
Sounded weird to me. Can anyone else confirm this extra filter and give
an explanation why it is needed?
I'll take some pictures of the tranny and diffs as I change them and
post them to my website.
On Fri, 18 May 2007 18:35:43 -0700, Craig C. wrote:
you should just unplug the sensor on the bottom of the filter then unscrew
it. i've got one on order through our local napa and should be in monday
if needed ill get ya a few pics and more detailed instructions when i do
mine later next week (ive got to work nightshift monday and tuesday)
I purchased two fuel filters for it today. One from Napa and one from
the Jeep dealer. I always like to keep an extra fuel filter around.
While I was at the Jeep dealer, I asked them to print out the service
procedure for changing the filter. They did and I'd be glad to send
it to you if you need it.
Tomorrow is going to busy. Diffs, tranny, transfer case, motor oil
and fuel filter changes in both the Liberty and the Ram.
They gave me two different kinds of RTV for the Liberty. Two orange
colored, I'm assuming for the diffs and one black silicone which I'm
guessing is for the tranny pan.
I will get those to you ASAP. I worked on the Liberty today. I got
the rear diff fluid changed. Then, I started on the fuel filter. I
couldn't get the damn thing off. After following the instructions,
disconnecting the electrical wires, I was ready to actually remove the
filter. Too tight to do it by hand. Since it very much resembles an
oil filter, I said to myself, "Self, get your filter wrench and take
this little bastard off". (I really did say this ... outloud).
Well, I have the metal style filter wrench. Not enough room to get it
onto the filter. I'm assuming I need a filter wrench that uses the
cloth/nylon belt. Is that what you have used?
I'm worn out and right now ... and the engineer that crammed that fuel
filter in that tight space can kiss my skinny, white ass.
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