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Hello, everyone!! I really want to kick myself for this, but both times I went to my dodge dealer to look at/test drive the caliber, I neglected to look under the hood!! I have a steel blue SXT on its way here from michigan, and I was just wondering about the cover over the engine, as in how hard it is to remove, and if it's even necessary to keep it on there. I'm the kind of guy who likes to do the majority of his own maintenance, and I don't like things that look like they are designed to keep me out!!:p Also, does anyone know how difficult the spark plugs will be to get out? From some of the pictures I've seen, it looks like they have a (forgive me if I'm saying it wrong) coil-over-plug setup. Any knowledge you want to share with me is greatly appreciated!! I can't wait 'till FRIDAY!!!!!
 

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hmm good question lol...I looked under the hood but haven't messed with the cover yet. I think I will as soon as da wife brings it back home:)
 

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The cover is insanely easy to pull off.. it is only 4 legs with rubber knobs on the end that slide into recesses on the engine. Spark plugs look no harder to remove than those on any other new car.. personally with the engine cover off the engine looks kinda bad, so I just leave it on.. gives the engine a nice finished look to it.
 

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Thanks for the info!!:) I'll be sure to leave it on for looks and keeping the dust away, but I just wanted to make sure it wasn't going to be a pain getting at the spark plugs to check them out, especially reading how some of the calibers are runing rich??:confused: Not quite sure how that works! From the one picture I've seen with it off, it looks like the plugs are easier to access than on my old Escort, which had 3 easys, and then one with the alternator bracket right in front!!:mad: I guess its true what they say; there's always one.... Xtreme, hope your wife brings your car back!!! Hate to think she went on a road trip without you!! ;) Thanks again!
 

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lol nooooo

Its home now:rolleyes:...I took it out for a spin real quick after reading up on it here. I haven't had a chance to drive it much yet (just got it yesterday) but I'm a bit dissapointed with the electronic throttle. I didn't try and push it yesterday cause its new and all, but after what I heard on this forum I had to, a little bit.

Stumble, bumble, poop.

But here's the funny thing..It felt bad (slow) yet when I looked at my speedometer I was going 67mph....It felt like 40 tops.

Maybe this car just takes some gettin used to.
 

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Sorry, meant to say MOOK before with the wife thing... LOL! Anway, glad that you got the car back! Yeah, I definately think it takes some adaptation living with no shifts, especially when I knew EXACTLY when my Escort's auto shifted! Man, when I had the air conditioning engaged, I swear from first to second it felt as if the engine was going to snap out of the motor mounts!! I couldn't really lay into the Caliber with the salesman in there, so I guess I'll just wait 1500 miles once I get mine, then start having my little sprint fests!! I think the total wait time for mine will be somewhere around 3 weeks, 'cause I reserved one that was coming into the dealer already. My heart really goes out to those who are waiting A LOT longer! I mean, 3 weeks, and I'm going insane!! I can only imagine months!!! This is my first new car, and I doubt I'll have a night of sound sleep 'till it comes!!!:D
 

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I think the total wait time for mine will be somewhere around 3 weeks, 'cause I reserved one that was coming into the dealer already. My heart really goes out to those who are waiting A LOT longer! I mean, 3 weeks, and I'm going insane!! I can only imagine months!!! This is my first new car, and I doubt I'll have a night of sound sleep 'till it comes!!!:D
Good luck with that, I did the same thing and was promised to the day that I would have my car and I am still waiting as they said 3 hours ago "The truck will be arriving any second now", they also told me that on Saturday too and it never arrived.
 

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I had to wait for mine about 4 days...It wasn't factory ordered, the dealer only had a puke baby blue R/T and we wanted red, so they made a swap with a dealer in NH for the red one.

And a big LOL to the part about not shifting...I was on my way home from work and was just thinking "man, I can't even feel the gears shift"

So this CVT doesn't shift gears? Or I just can't feel it?

I don't know alot about this car yet as my wife single handedly picked it out.
But I think she did good:)
 

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The CVT doesn't have any gears in it. It use a belt and pulley system to adjust the speed of the engine. There are infinite shift points with a CVT. If yo have AutoStick (R/T Model only) it will emulate I think 6 gears, maybe only 5 gears.

Very basic idea is it just rotates a medium pulley and a big pulley up and down to shift the car. Thats a very basic idea. There are in-depth articles all over the internet that explains exactly have the CVT works.
 

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