Dodge Viper Service Guide

Dodge Viper Service Guide

Dodge Viper Service Guide Image

The Dodge Viper is one of America’s most revered sports cars. Created as the mad lovechild of Bob Lutz, Lee Iacocca and Carroll Shelby, the Dodge Viper was an instant hit among enthusiasts and critics alike. Spanning a long production run between 1991 all the way through 2017 (with a brief hiatus between 2010-2013), the Viper saw many successes in it’s racing career.

Throughout it’s lifetime, the Dodge Viper was both praised and criticized for it’s brutal driving dynamics and lack of electronic driver’s assistance. Each progressive generation (5 generations total) saw an improvement in engine power, performance figures, and overall design. Many iterations were released during it’s production cycle, such as the American Club Racer (ACR), Time Attack (TA), and a GT2 street-legal variant. Moreover, the Dodge Viper can be had as either a fixed roof coupe or a convertible version

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Dodge Viper Service Guide is meant as a reference guide for owners, or potential owners, to understand when and what service is recommended during the lifecycle/ownership of this modern classic American automobile. It will detail the recommended maintenance schedule to keep the performance and life of your Viper at it’s full potential. GI Automotive has the skill and the facilities to carry out all factory recommended maintenance procedures.

Dodge Viper Service Guide Interior

Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch

The Dodge Viper can lay claim as having some of the largest displacement engines to be found in a production vehicle.

The first generation Vipers were equipped with an overhead valve 8.0L V10 engine.

This engine grew to 8.3L in the 3rdgeneration, and finally growing to 8.4L in the 4thgeneration. With each generation, horsepower kept growing from 400hp in the first generation, all the way to 650 hp in the last 5thgeneration cars.

The sole transmission option throughout it’s lifetime was a 6-speed manual transmission. Each generation received upgrades to the transmission to better deal with the higher engine outputs.

Dodge Viper Service Guide Oil Filter

The Dodge Viper Service Guide recommends these service intervals for all variants of the Dodge Viper:

Miles 6,000 12,000 18,000 24,000 30,000 36,000 42,000 48,000 54,000 60,000 66,000 72,000 78,000 84,000
Change oil & engine filter
Inspect brake linings
Inspect exhaust system
Change brake fluid
Adjust parking brakes
Change manual trans. fluid
Change rear diff. fluid
Inspect suspension components
Replace engine air cleaner
Replace air conditioning filter
Inspect/replace  PCV valve
Replace Spark Plugs
Flush/replace engine coolant

 

Miles 90,000 96,000 102,000 108,000 114,000 120,000 126,000 132,000 138,000 144,000 150,000
Change oil & engine filter
Inspect brake linings
Inspect exhaust system
Change brake fluid
Adjust parking brakes
Change manual trans. fluid
Change rear diff. fluid
Inspect suspension components
Replace engine air cleaner
Replace air conditioning filter
Inspect/replace  PCV valve
Replace Spark Plugs
Flush/replace engine coolant

Looking closely at the service interval schedule, an oil change and filter replacement should be done every 6,000 miles. This isn’t a recommendation, and owners should ensure they replace their engine oil and filter every 5000-6000 like clockwork in order to ensure all the internals of that big powerful V10 are properly lubricated!

The 8.0L Dodge Viper uses 8 qt (7.6L) of full synthetic 0W-40 engine oil while the 8.3 and 8.4L engines use 11 Quarts (10.4L).

The next most important items to monitor and service properly are the brake pads, rotors and brake fluid.

The Dodge Viper brake pads, rotors and fluid should be changed every 24,000 miles, to avoid any condensation, air or contaminants being trapped and present in the brake lines. While the brake fluid is a closed system (meaning it’s not open or exposed to external elements, the brake hoses, clamps and fluid do all break down over time and that is why you need to ensure you always have fresh brake fluid in the system every 24,000 miles.

The parking brake should be inspected and adjusted every 30,000 miles to ensure proper operation. The rear differential fluid should be flushed and replaced every 18,000 miles, while the transmission fluid should be flushed and replaced every second differential fluid change (36,000 miles). Replace all 10 spark plugs at every 96,000 miles.

Dodge Viper Service Guide Clutch

Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid

The Dodge Viper is a very fast sports car that needs sufficient brake force to keep it in check. Dodge has thankfully has fit some serious brakes to it’s top sports car. The standard brakes that the Viper is outfitted with 330 mm diameter rotors on all four corners on models until the 4thgeneration. The 5thgeneration comes with 355 mm discs as standard, with bigger 390 mm front and 360 mm rear carbon ceramic discs for the Viper ACR. The brakes should be inspected at every service. This includes checking the rotors and pads for corrosion, uneven wear, and amount of pad material. The fluid should also be changed 24,000 miles. to remove any moisture or particles that could have gotten in the system.

Dodge Viper Service Guide Brake Pads

Tires, Suspension & Alignment 

Tires are also wearable items that need to be checked at every service interval. Unfortunately, many owners tend to ignore their tires. As they are the only part of your vehicle that are in contact with the ground, they affect handling, acceleration, braking, and crucially, safety. Wear will vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and whether or not the vehicle is all-wheel drive or not.

The Dodge Viper comes with these OEM tire sizes:

Base Model:

FRONT TIRES: P295/30ZR/18

REAR TIRES: P355/30ZR/19

ACR Model:

FRONT TIRES: P295/25ZR/19

REAR TIRES: P355/30ZR/19

GI Automotive carries a wide selection of Dodge Viper tires on stock and available to order. A consultation is available to determine which tire is best for your individual driving needs.

Alignment can seriously affect both tire wear as well as the handling characteristics of a car. Therefore, it is imperative that the alignment is checked on a regular basis. The Dodge Viper Service Guide recommends checking camber, castor, and toe for tolerances within factory specification, or a custom specification if deemed necessary.

Dodge Viper Service Guide Coilover Kit

The suspension’s job is to not only keep a comfortable ride; it is also to provide optimal handling characteristics. Properly functioning suspension will keep alignment within specification in a straight line as well as in the corners. Moreover, this keeps the tires from wearing unevenly.

At each service interval, it is recommended to check the suspension components for any squeaks, rattles, leakage, or play.

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