Originally Posted by bigegriff
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.