You can save a ton on servicing if you do it yourself. Most is NOT difficult for the average DIY'er. Even an independent shop might be cheaper than the Dealership, they should be more than capable of doing standard servicing on the XK.
Open your Owner's Manual and Review the Maintenance Schedule, what ever has NOT been done (and if you don't have a record of it assume it wasn't) that is what you should do. Personally, the severe duty schedule for axle fluid changes says every 15k miles, but the normal schedule says it lasts the life of the vehicle. Every 15k is too often for how and where I drive, so I split the difference and do it every 30k-50k miles.
The coolant is every 5yr/100k miles, if it hasn't been drained and flushed, you need to do it. If the radiator hose replacement was just fill it back up after replacing the hose, that is NOT a drain and flush, you have to get all the old coolant out, it goes bad and leaves solids in the cooling system. If the radiator hose replacement was refilled with any ol' anti-freeze, you don't know if it was HOAT, then drain and flush it right away, bad things can happen mixing different types of anti-freeze. Zerex G-05 is the aftermarket equilavelent of Chrysler HOAT.
125k mile is the trouble free life of the vehicle, according to the OEM, so when they say the fluid will last the life of the vehicle, by 125k miles I would change it. That is brake fluid and power steering fluid. Dealerships will charge you an arm and a leg to do this, if you're not doing it yourself, it might NOT be cost effective to change out those fluids as a preventative measure.
Trans and XFR Case fluid as well. There is a TSB changing the fluid for the QTII and QDII XFR cases from ATF+4 to a new special specific fluid for that XFR case, to make for smoother shifting and less problems from the shift motor and gear.
The Hemi has a hydraulic fan, that uses the PS system to power it, its a good guess that is tough on the fluid, and fresh fluid in the PS system would likely be a good preventative measure to prevent that very expensive hydraulic fan from wearing out. Use the exact recommended PS fluid in the O.M. only available from the dealer, its hybrid hydraulic/PS fluid because its being used as hydraulic fluid as well.
Shocks are a good candidate at 125k miles. I did mine at 120k, and sure enough I had a blown front shock you couldn't tell when driving and it occasionally did make a creaking sound over speed bumps.
Next Tire Change, I would also put on all new TPMS sensors. The battery only last 8-10 years, it requires removing unmounting/remounting and balancing the tire to change the sensor, which can be very expensive. So getting all new sensors while the tires are being changed will save a lot money in the long run.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Last edited by Mongo; 11-10-2015 at 10:21 AM.