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Genuine DODGE letters on bonnet

A couple of years ago I fitted some chrome DODGE letters to the bonnet.

These looked great at the time but that was a couple of years ago…

After just twelve months or so, the chrome started to peel, it went faded, one of the letters fell off (the sticky wasn’t very good) and in the end I had to paint them all silver just to cover up the peeling. Not good… but that’s what happens when you buy cheap chrome letters on eBay China for a few quid I guess.

It got to the stage where the letters were that bad, they either had to come off or be replaced.

The search was now on to find some genuine chrome DODGE letters. There were a couple of reasons I wanted genuine letters:

  1. They won’t fade
  2. The sticky pads will be better
  3. The letters will be larger
  4. The font will be correct (this was the important one)

Well, it was eBay to the rescue again, this time is was eBay USA though, in the form of genuine Dodge letters:

You’ll notice the ‘D’ letter is cut – the font is genuine Dodge!

It took around three weeks for the letters to arrive, I’m sure they went the long way round to get here.

I offered the new letters up against the old so you can see the different (click on any photo to enlarge it):

Bigger. Bolder.

Once I’d replaced the letters, I offered the old ones up to the new ones for another comparison:

And here’s the finished article:

Close up:

Left side:

Right side:

Much, much better 😎

Picture update

Here are some updated photos of the Dodge Nitro with all the modifications so far.

Mods to date are:

Click any photo to enlarge it 🙂

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Check back for more updates soon 😎

Faulty TPMS sensor repair / replacement

You may have seen the problems I had with two corroded Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) valves and the amount that was involved in repairing them.

If you have read that post you’ll be aware of the grief the tyre fitter had trying to get one of the valves out – due simply to the level of corrosion.

Around four weeks after the repair, the EVIC on my Nitro suddenly started showing that one of the wheels was “missing”.

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Now it’s possible than the sheer amount of shock the sensor received caused some damage, the other possibility was that the battery in the sensor had simply run out.

One other option for this “missing” wheel was that the receiver in the wheel arch was at fault. Swapping the front wheel with the rear wheel confirmed it was a sensor issue as the missing wheel moved to the back and the front one re-appeared!

So armed with that confirmation I went back to The Tyre Sensor Shop and bought a replacement sensor. The part number was 65722-67.

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Having paid just £41 quid I was expecting a pattern part to arrive in the post. I was pleasantly surprised when a genuine Schrader sensor arrived.

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The sensor was upgraded recently so it looks different from the OEM one.

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It still transmits on 433Mhz though so it’ll work fine.

Dscn2274Fitting was very straight forward. The local ATS garage charged just £5 to take the old sensor out and fit the new one.

These sensors do NOT need programming for the Dodge Nitro. Even though each sensor has its own electronic identifier in the form of a unique ID code they all transmit the exact same type information on the exact same frequency. To work out what signals it is receiving the Dodge Nitro has three receivers, one in each wheel arch and these are used to read the signals from the sensors. The forth wheel arch doesn’t need a receiver as a simple process of  elimination is used to work out the position of the remaining sensor.

Here’s how the old sensor looks.

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Once fitted, the TPMS continued to show a “missing” wheel, despite the car being driven around the ATS car park for a few minutes.

Not to worry though, within five minutes of driving at 30mph the TPMS had worked out what was what and the wheel re-appeared on the EVIC display.

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Sorted 😎