Your probably okay. Most Chrysler products have a 13 key cycle lifespan. After your Jeep has 13 key cycles of all systems go it will go off. Unplug your battery and plug it back in will reset the count if everything is ok on that restart your light will be off and will stay off if everything is okay
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Thanks to the OP, your post encouraged me to perform my first oil change ever at the age of 34. After buying myself a pan to catch the oil and a new funnel, oil, and filter, it came in right around what I have been paying the local place for many years. It literally took me 15 minutes, most of which was waiting for the engine to drain, and I barely got my hands dirty. Wow, that was really easy, especially as it is so easy to crawl under a Jeep. Next time all I need to buy is the oil and filter. I am thinking if I scoop up some synthetic on sale at the warehouse club, I can change my oil next time for the price of the cheap "house brand" stuff they pour in at Jiffy Lube. I have already started eyeballing the location of my wife's oil filter in her mini van and have plans for that next.
Even if I only broke even, there was a fine sense of satisfaction in doing it myself. Every time I crawl under my Jeep I learn a little bit more and get more confidence to wrench on something new. Now I feel compelled to change the diff fluid.
Take pride in the fact that your struggle encouraged others - Thanks!
I had posted a detailed "how to change your oil" somewhere on this forum. Maybe a detailed search would find it & help others who are contemplating changing their own oil for the first time.
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jimbox, i have been looking at those plugs for years, in pictures, always afraid that it would somehow come open while driving, any chance of this? tks steve
I'm not jimbox, but ... they'll stay closed. They are used on a lot of heavy contruction equipment straight from the factory. If they can stand the vibrations and abuse on a dozer or excavator, they'll stand up to a jeep.
They have a detent in the lever that opens the valve. You actually have to 'unlatch' the lever to open the valve.
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Glad I could be of some encouragement gluestick. I'm not too far behind you at 32. Like i said in the OP, I've done some wrenching on my Jeeps, just never done an oil change. I figured this might be a good time to learn and take care of my new baby myself.
I'm sure you won't leave a filter loose again. Nothing seems to be learned as well as those learned by mistakes. Here are a couple I learned by experience;
* Be sure the old filter gasket comes off with the old filter. That will blow oil out just about as fast as what you experienced.
* Be sure you put the plug back in. I was pouring in my second quart once when I heard the oil running on the ground. Fortuately I didn't have CCR cranked up too loud.
I think Daggo said it well with you have to think things thru. And it was priceless what he said why he changes his own oil; a little mean but priceless. Changing your own oil should give you satisfaction of taking care of your own. If it don't matter to you then take it somewhere and let someone else do it. But watch them close. They're thinking about going home. They don't care if you make it or not.
Here are a couple tips I have for you that have done me well.
* Have the correct amount of oil at hand when you start.
* Don't forget to lube the gasket on the new filter.
* Inspect the plug threads/gasket/o-ring for wear.
* When you are ready to start it up, watch that gauge/meter untill it goes to normal/light off. It takes a little extra time after an oil change.
* After gauge gets normal look under vehicle for runs, drips or errors.
* After a couple minutes of running, stop engine for a while and check the level. After a few oil changes you should be able to put the exact amount in without needing to top it off.
* Check your oil regularly and always pay attention to any spots under the vehicle before you get in and drive away.
My oil is about ready to be changed so come on over and I'll make sure you do it right.
2008 JK Sport, lightly modded.
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I didn't read through this whole thread but I didn't notice anyone suggest an oil analysis? I would refill, tighten down, and drive for 500 miles or so and then send out a sample to get analyzed. If you did enough damage to score a bearing or ring or something of that sort the oil analysis should reveal it.
I am with the other posters in that I think you are probably just fine. Yes, it is very bad to run your engine without oil, but the damage does not happen instantaneously.
.......I would be shocked if you hurt the lower end with that little running at those low revs. Just drive it. If you are really worried then drive it a hundred miles or so and drain the oil...if it is metal free and smells like oil should, your golden. If you killed it you'll know for sure.
'98 Sport 4.0 - Auto, Hard/Soft tops, Dana 44's, 3.73's, Mostly stock...