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I just got a 01 frontier last weekend. It has 29k miles on it. Looking at the service schedule, it states "lubricate the propeller shaft". Now as far as know, the truck did not come with a boat motor. Anybody have any idea what they are talking about. I have ordered the service manual but it will not be in for a week. I would like to get a start on some of the routine maintainance. Help or suggestions.......

Aslo, where is the micro-cabin filter located in the truck?
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I just got a 01 frontier last weekend. It has 29k miles on it. Looking at the service schedule, it states "lubricate the propeller shaft". Now as far as know, the truck did not come with a boat motor. Anybody have any idea what they are talking about. I have ordered the service manual but it will not be in for a week. I would like to get a start on some of the routine maintainance. Help or suggestions.......

Aslo, where is the micro-cabin filter located in the truck?
driveshaft u-joints?
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Yes, propeller shaft was definitely drive shaft in the 1960's.
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i believe the microfilter is located behind the glove box, tray.

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Re: Frontier owners

Another question I have is the dealers maintainance schedule calls for

1.flushing out the coolant system and replacing the anti-freeze
2.replace auto transmission fuild
3.replace limited slip diff oil


This seems un-necessary for 30k mile service. The truck does not look as if it was rode hard by the prevous owner.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Frontier owners

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Another question I have is the dealers maintainance schedule calls for

1.flushing out the coolant system and replacing the anti-freeze
2.replace auto transmission fuild
3.replace limited slip diff oil


This seems un-necessary for 30k mile service. The truck does not look as if it was rode hard by the prevous owner.

Any thoughts?
It's always my opinion that if you follow the recommended specifications for service on many of today's vehicles, the threads on the drain plugs wear out first from excessive use.
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Re: Frontier owners

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Another question I have is the dealers maintainance schedule calls for

1.flushing out the coolant system and replacing the anti-freeze
2.replace auto transmission fuild
3.replace limited slip diff oil


This seems un-necessary for 30k mile service. The truck does not look as if it was rode hard by the prevous owner.

Any thoughts?
antifreeze replacement isn't needed at 30k. most new antifreezes are good for atleast 60k at a minimum. what is important is that you check the Ph level of your antifreeze. that changes with age and needs to be watched or it becomes corrosive and can cause damage to aluminum cooling parts. most auto stores sell (sp?) lithmis strips to check your antifreeze.

trans fluid should be changed in 30k intervals (filter included) with automatic transmissions. 60k for manuals. consider changing to synthetic if your's is manual. smoother shifts and longer fluid life.

rear gear fluid: it all depends on how hard you use your vehicle. if it's used to tow anything, the 30k-40K mark is a good idea. again, today's newer synthetic gear lubes are great.

personally, (and i'm anal about all my vehicles) you honestly don't know HOW the dude drove your vehicle before you got it. by changing all the fluids, (trans and rear) you're removing loose material that's still in there from break-in. at 30k, you'll know exactly what fluids are in your truck and what condition they all are. it's cheap protection. i just bought a 2002 Trailblazer and changed everything. but i'm funny that way.........
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Re: Frontier owners

Rigor makes some very good points, it may cost you a bit more now, but in the long run it should save. Makes sence to change it then you KNOW what the vehicle is driven like.
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