First time I'm changing my own oil,got any tips? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Tech Forums > General Jeep Discussion

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 02-01-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
Newb
 
Seriouslyallen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lewisville,TX
Posts: 10
First time I'm changing my own oil,got any tips?

I've had the urge lately to change my own oil in the jeep. Any tips for the newbie? I want to be able to really take charge of maintenance on my jeep because I don't feel like the oil change places care at all. I figure this is as good as any way to start routine maintenance. It just seems like so many options with different filters and oil. 07' Wrangler.

__________________
Allen
seriouslyallen@yahoo.com
Seriouslyallen is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 10:16 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
derfC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Space Coast, FL
Posts: 481
Yes. When you open the drain plug, the Jeep will shoot oil MUCH farther than you expect it to. It seems like no matter how far out I place my catch pan, the Jeep still manages to over-shoot it.

Bad Jeep! Bad!

__________________

derfC is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 11:49 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 92
Just be sure that you put the plug back in and the new filter on before you put in the new oil. Check it TWICE, at least. Ask me why I stress this...

As far as filters go, any of the premium filters would be good. I personally use either factory, Purolator, or NAPA gold filters.

I've used Valvoline conventional oil for over 25 years in all of the vehicles I've owned. Some folks like synthetic, but I change my oil religiously every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first, so I don't think the advantages that synthetic offers outweigh the extra cost.

Might want to buy a filter wrench--you'll likely need it eventually.

I also highly recommend you buy some absorbent (available at auto parts stores) to soak up the inevitable spills. The stuff looks kind of like kitty litter. Makes cleaning up a spill much easier.
Threecard is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
Newb
 
98TJ-idiot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SoEast Pennsylvania
Posts: 5
When you get back from the part store with your new parts, DON'T change the oil right away. Wait for the engine to cool. Hot oil sucks.
__________________
Chris
98 TJ 5.2L V8 Magnum
98TJ-idiot is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 12:15 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
bc3_Jeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NE corner of Iowa
Posts: 1,599
Nobody mentioned it...... so I will.....engine needs to be WARM-HOT when you do the change.... otherwise... not good drainage.
__________________
"For Gawd's sake, put a RELAY in there or you could burn the whole damn Jeep to the ground" ...this quote brought to you by people who do not understand the law.....Kirchoff's, Ohm's, or Faraday's.
Violation of KISS shall always ring false in TRUE engineering. - ME___
Had 75CJ5, 89YJ, 93YJ. Have 82CJ7 & 95YJ____Not one burnt yet due to lack of relays.
bc3_Jeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 01:06 PM   #6
The Bad Guy

WF Supporting Member
 
daggo66's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NJ exile living in Baltimore
Posts: 22,055
Make sure the old gasket comes off with the old filter.
__________________
Tom

"I've got two things in this world, my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one."
daggo66 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 01:39 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
coolbreeze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Redding, Ca
Posts: 854
I let mine drain overnight and remove the old filter the next day. Less mess. If you don't have one yet, buy a good filter removal tool. I like the old steel band type for the Jeep.
__________________
2004 Black X 4.0, auto, 3.73's, soft top 31-10.5-15 Toyo A/T's on 8" Ultra 175's, 2" Teraflex BB.
coolbreeze is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 01:42 PM   #8
Newb
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 4
Coat the rubber gasket of the new filter in oil. This keeps it from drying and leaking, and improves the seal.

Spray the drain plug with brake cleaner and wipe dry before remounting. Little bits of grime can eventually wear down the thread, and since this thread is frequently used, it's important to protect it.
mrocci is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 01:52 PM   #9
Newb
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 4
Get funnel both to help you pour the new oil in and to pour the old oil from the drain pan into the empty bottles for recycling.
mrocci is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 07:28 PM   #10
Newb
 
Seriouslyallen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lewisville,TX
Posts: 10
helpful oil change tips

wow thanks for such a friendly and quick response, these tips are great. Keem them coming!
__________________
Allen
seriouslyallen@yahoo.com
Seriouslyallen is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 08:05 PM   #11
The Bad Guy

WF Supporting Member
 
daggo66's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NJ exile living in Baltimore
Posts: 22,055
I buy my oil at Walmart. They take back the used oil for free.
__________________
Tom

"I've got two things in this world, my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one."
daggo66 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-02-2012, 09:53 PM   #12
Newb
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: SE Montana
Posts: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by derfC View Post
Yes. When you open the drain plug, the Jeep will shoot oil MUCH farther than you expect it to. It seems like no matter how far out I place my catch pan, the Jeep still manages to over-shoot it.

Bad Jeep! Bad!


QuickOilDrainValve.com - the best way to change oil

I use these on my '04 TJ & my '06 Duramax. Hook a short length of tubing, stick the other end in a 5gallon bucket (w/ lid) and open the valve. No spills.

Ditto on watching out that you don't put the new filter on over the old filter's rubber gasket. Sometimes these gaskets will stick on the mating surface when you pull the old filter off. It happened to me once. That made for a valuable learning experience... A big mess!

The7thSon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-03-2012, 12:24 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 22
Don't change it in the wind. Gets oil everywhere.
jeep-dj is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-03-2012, 01:20 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
Radioman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 111
Most all of the suggestions are good.

Do not get under the Jeep without it secure on quality jack stands, not a jack.

While waiting for the oil to drain, I always check the other fluids under the hood and fill up the windshield washer fluid.

Since I change my vehicle's oil every 5,000 miles, I also rotate the tires at the same time after checking for screws, nails, glass, etc in the tread. I have been saved from having many flats by finding these things before they fully penetrate the tire. While the tires are off, the brakes can be inspected.

Good luck. I always feel good about performing the service myself and it gives me a good opportunity to inspect the underside of the vehicle.
Radioman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-03-2012, 08:37 AM   #15
Jeeper
 
coolbreeze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Redding, Ca
Posts: 854
Good time to check your air filter and grease all the Zerk fittings.
__________________
2004 Black X 4.0, auto, 3.73's, soft top 31-10.5-15 Toyo A/T's on 8" Ultra 175's, 2" Teraflex BB.
coolbreeze is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-03-2012, 06:34 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
jskinn27's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: albuquerque, NM
Posts: 563
do not forget to put the plug back in...and make sure you change the oil filter lol
jskinn27 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-03-2012, 06:35 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
jskinn27's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: albuquerque, NM
Posts: 563
Quote:
Originally Posted by coolbreeze View Post
Good time to check your air filter and grease all the Zerk fittings.
thats when i do it
jskinn27 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-03-2012, 07:32 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
computeruser's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: East Lansing, MI
Posts: 811
Mobil1 Oil and Filter, with the oversized filter if one exists for your vehicle. Can't go wrong with that setup.
computeruser is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-03-2012, 07:38 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 717
maintenance check list

Make up a maintenance check list. If you have the owner's manual, they generally have a starting list. A few items.
1. Oil/filter (may want to send in to a lab once in awhile for an analysis
2. air filter
3. fluids (windshield, brakes, power steering, clutch, radiator & blinker fluid
4. check belt for any cracks on the ribs
5. grease zerks on front axle, u-joints, etc.
6. check wiring for any frays, etc. check battery cables.
7. follow exhaust and check hangers. Push on exhaust system for any loose clamps, etc.
8. Rotate tires and check brakes.
9. visibly check undercarriage for loose bolts, etc. Check transmission and xfer case bolts visually.
10. check U-joints visually and move drive shafts to see if there is any play. Check the caps & seals on the U-joints to see they are good.
11. Check u-joints on front axle.
12. Check shocks for any leakage.
13. If there is someone to help, have them move the steering wheel back and forth while you watch for bad joints.
14. watch the steering housing to make sure it is anchored solid to the frame and frame isn't cracked.
15. check frame for rust.
16. Visually check front of radiator for any fin damage.
17. check windshield wipers and rear wiper if there.
18. If rotating tires, check the flexible brake lines for any cracking.
19. check body mounts and suspension bushings visually.
20. Check/change fuel filter.
21. check emergency brake operation.
22. check spare tire pressure and 4 on the ground.
23. Check rubber seals around windshield for leakage and rust.
24. Inspect tires for abnormal wear, cupping, objects in tread.

That should be a start....
ballistx is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-03-2012, 08:06 PM   #20
Jeeper
 
JIMBOX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 9,916
I've been using Mobile One forCorvettes/Dodges/Fords/Jeeps and K&N oil filter for the Jeep is K&N Gold 1002-


Quote:
Originally Posted by The7thSon View Post
QuickOilDrainValve.com - the best way to change oil

I use these on my '04 TJ & my '06 Duramax. Hook a short length of tubing, stick the other end in a 5gallon bucket (w/ lid) and open the valve. No spills.

Ditto on watching out that you don't put the new filter on over the old filter's rubber gasket. Sometimes these gaskets will stick on the mating surface when you pull the old filter off. It happened to me once. That made for a valuable learning experience... A big mess!

I've also used FOMOTO valve for my last three 4x4s and there is No mess/No drip/no problemo. but

You must be sure you have an oil pan skid plate to protect the valve-

I use the Rockhard oilpan/tranny skid PT#6003



The FUMOTO vlv is troublefree/convenient/handy/nomess, but it MUST BE PROTECTED !

Smokemifyougotem

JIMBO

__________________
"ya gotta have class"
JIMBOX is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Tags
newb question , oil change , wrangler

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Command-Trac Part Time 4WD System???? SoGaJeep TJ General Discussion Forum 4 11-23-2011 05:24 PM
Hard time changing gears & jumping out of second Crby77 TJ General Discussion Forum 4 11-23-2011 06:02 AM
Changing the Differential Fluid Tomorrow rjpark36 General Jeep Discussion 2 11-09-2011 07:08 AM
Changing the Differential Fluid Tomorrow, Questions rjpark36 TJ General Discussion Forum 1 11-08-2011 07:15 PM
Holiday Eating Tips jeeptales Off-Topic 8 12-21-2006 07:24 PM


» Rates
Get low rates on auto insurance in Canada!

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:01 PM.



Jeep, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC