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Low Mileage Service Requirements

I have a 2011 Grand Cherokee Limited with the 3.6 Pentastar. It is now approaching 5 years old. I only put about 5K miles per year on it (I'm retired). The service manual isn't a lot of help in very low mileage situations like mine. I've had the oil changed every 6 months, per the service manual, but I've not had much of the other service done because of the very low mileage. According to the service schedule, if I go by miles and not by months, there's not much that needs to be done. However, I'm wondering if there are some things that should be done at this point (cooling system flush?) even though I'm only at 25,000 miles. Does anyone have any thoughts on what should be done at 5 years/25K miles? Thanks.

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Old 08-29-2015, 03:41 PM
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Re: Low Mileage Service Requirements

I had a C6 Corvette that was not driven for six months a year. Kind of the same issues really .
Long story short. After Two years you should at least change the brake fluid. It will absorb moisture and can rust out brake lines I'm told.
I'm sure others will chime in with their opinions .
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So far I've taken my rig to the dealer for all my servicing.

They "suggest" many "recommend" servicing.

I usually reply with.... " if its in my manual to change or replace the item, please complete that service .

With my free oil changes ,I usually leave the dealership with a happy wallet kicking my heels together.

I'm at 70,000kms so that will change soon I imagine.

Enjoy!
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Re: Low Mileage Service Requirements

Yes, I would definitely do a coolant change. I change mine every 3 years regardless of mileage. I only put 3-5000 miles per year on each of mine (also retired).
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Re: Low Mileage Service Requirements

5,000 miles a year really isn't thaaattt low. I wouldn't do anything special besides whats recommended in the manual. I just sold my 9 year old 2007 Acura TL-S 6mt with 15,000 miles on it. It was like a new car and didn't need anything special.

As far as guys saying they would definitely change this or change that. I don't know, I guess I just don't see why. Why change the coolant when its recommended at 100,000 miles or whatever? So what you are saying is you wouldn't change the coolant in a vehicle that is driven daily, but a pristine garage kept vehicle only driven 5,000 miles a year would need to be changed? Remember, MILEAGE breaks down a vehicle. I think people are a little stuck on how things USED to be with older vehicles and older fluids. I remember when I bought my 7 year old '07 TL-S used in 2013 with 4,500 miles. All the guys on the forums said OMG all the rubber seals and belts must be destroyed in that car LOL. Give me a break, the car looked, drove, smelled, and was just as good as the day it rolled off the showroom floor. Newer cars and fluids are much better than they used to be.

All i'm saying is don't go crazy with doing anything to your Jeep that doesn't need to be done. Just follow the manual and enjoy driving it :-)
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Re: Low Mileage Service Requirements

I have a 2011 Hemi GC with 17,500. I have the oil changed and tires rotated every six months. The coolant flush is a good idea. Mine was done for free when my water pump went out around 15,000. After multiple recalls, I still love my Jeep. I also have a 2011 Tacoma with 20,000 and 1989 Toyota PU with 73,000. The 1989 I change tires because of age, not wear.
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Re: Low Mileage Service Requirements

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Http://bioengr.ag.utk.edu/extension/...es/engcool.htm
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Re: Low Mileage Service Requirements

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Why change the coolant when its recommended at 100,000 miles or whatever?
Coolant is 5 years or 100,000 miles ... so, he is due.

As the other posted stated, replacing the brake fluid at 5 years would also be a good idea.
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Coolant is 5 years or 100,000 miles ... so, he is due.

As the other posted stated, replacing the brake fluid at 5 years would also be a good idea.
Yes, especially in GM cars with DexCool. No way you should leave DexCool in for 5 years - lots of horror stories about head gaskets going bad as it breaks down.
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Re: Low Mileage Service Requirements

If you have a '11 thru '13, and you want to replace your coolant, remember to only use a HOAT type coolant. The only one I have found is Zerex or the Mopar brand, sold at dealers. Its expensive. Do not use the aftermarket Prestone that claims to be universal and can be used in all systems. Its does not meet the HOAT specs. The '14 thru present use OAT type coolant which is different.
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Coolant is 5 years or 100,000 miles ... so, he is due.
Well I'll be darn, it has been 5 years already lol. I forgot about the time frame and only thought about the mileage thing. Thanks
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Re: Low Mileage Service Requirements

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Coolant is 5 years or 100,000 miles ... so, he is due.

As the other posted stated, replacing the brake fluid at 5 years would also be a good idea.
Interesting, the 2011 manual is 5 yrs/100K while the 2014 manual says 10 years or 100,000 miles. Did they change fluid?

Personally, I follow the owner's manual, not the dealer recommended schedule. I'm lower mileage, but don't plan on anything major (approaching 5 years, only 20K miles). Also, on my BMW they agreed that with low mileage you could go longer on these things. I'm guessing you could follow the 2014 recommendation without issue as they found out with the early builds that the fluid is not degrading.
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