Have you tuned up your vehicle lately

Dated: 09/10/2012

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Well if you're like me you want your vehicle running its best to get the best gas mileage possible. I recently thought it was time to tune-up my 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. This is a sweetheart of a vehicle. It's powerful 5.7L HEMI has lots of "get-up and go", but it comes at a price. It's never been great on fuel economy, but I did'nt buy it for the MPG's, I bought it to haul stuff, go on the beach fishing and other things similiar. 

I went to the local auto parts store to pick-up a few items. These days there is not too much to replace so the list is short.

16 spark plugs (yes the HEMI has 16 spark plug)...they only make them one way (so the autoparts guy says) double platnium and they are $5.19 each hmmmmmm. Ok well I have to have them.

1 fan belt $45.39. ( I didn't buy an air filter because the one I have is reuseable, just have to wash it with soap and relube it)

I read some articles online to find out what others said about replacing the spark plugs (it didn't appear easy). The online reports were it was going to be at least a two hour ordeal, boy was it ever! I started on the drivers side and I'm glad I did, it was the harder of the two. 

Well after three hours and a few Advil I finished. I have a few cuts and scraps, a sore back but I did it. The fact is that it took three hours only because there are 16 spark plugs and they are not easy to reach...don't forget this truck came factory with 20" rims which puts the tire at about 32". This truck is high and you need a step stool to work on it. 

Happy motoring!

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Rick Saparito Jr

I grew up in Broward County, Florida close to Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Toward the end of my senior year of High School my family moved to Barnegat, New Jersey where I met my wife Maryellen. We have 5 kid....

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