Project Viper GTS: Part 2 – General Maintenance
Oil Filter
Our Viper had the white Mopar “Viper” oil filter on it previously and that is what is universally recommended.  It’s a quality filter and the oil pressure bypass valve is set to the pressure that the Chrysler engineers specified for the V10.

Now that the oil was changed, we decided to tackle a few maintenance items.

The power steering reservoir is known to push fluid out through the hole in the top of the cap during hard use.  This has been the known cause of many fires that have burned Vipers to the ground.
A $26 solution from Roe Racing routes any fluid straight down and out of the path of the headers to prevent the fluid from catching fire.  This is highly recommended for any 1992-2002 Viper.
PS Vent Tube Install
The power steering vent tube takes all of 5 seconds to install.  Squeeze the pinch clamps together, slide the hose on, and release the clamp to hold it in place.
Original Wires
Our Viper had the original black Mopar wires which have noticeably more resistance than many aftermarket wires.  While they look great, spark plug wires break down over time and should be replaced periodically, preferably before they reach 18 years of age like ours had.
The first step when removing the plug wires is to remove the front shroud to get to the rear coil packs.  First pop off the wiper arm covers then unbolt the 12mm nut.  It’s a good idea to use a sharpie or paint pen to mark the orientation of the arms so they go back on the same. Since the windshield washer jets are on the arm itself, leave these connected and once the arms are out of the way, unscrew the 6 phillips head screws that hold on the shroud.
Shroud Lower
Once the shroud is out of the way, you can see the coil packs.

Quick Reference:

Page 1 – Oil Change
Page 2 – Oil Change, Power Steering Tube, and Spark Plug Wires
Page 3 – Spark Plug Wires and Spark Plugs
Page 4 – Quality Wires & Stock Temperature Gauge Values!
Page 5 – Stock Water Temp Sending Unit & Roe Silicone Hose & Bleeder Kit
Page 6 – Coolant Concentration, Cap & Water Wetter
Page 7 – AC check valve & Water Temp Gauge install
Page 8 & 9 – Water temp gauge install

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