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Old 05-20-2013, 12:33 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by m998dna View Post

OK .. Let's look at this from another perspective. I can see you're new to oil changes.

First off, you don't need all this stuff to change the oil and rotate the tires. Just crawl under your Jeep with a bucket and remove the oil pan plug - I've never jacked up a vehicle once in my life to change the oil.

However I've put many on a hydraulic lift, then walked under the vehicle and changed the oil... Not to mention brakes, gas filters, tires and a bunch of other stuff.

Moving on ... after you're done changing the oil with the vehicle sitting firm on the ground, take it down to Big O tires and have them balance and rotate your tires. If you want to be ambitious, buy a good Hein-Werner hydraulic jack and lift each end at a time, remove and change the tire as you rotate the spare into the mix.

To remove the lugs, loosen them on the ground and then a few pumps with a Hein-Werner jack under the axle takes maybe 3 minutes to lift, remove and install the other tire. Repeat at each corner. Simple as that.

I've never crawled underneath a vehicle to change a tire or to remove and replace brakes - but that's me and how I worked on vehicles in a service station and in my garage.

Remember, you still need to crawl under the vehicle to position jack stands correctly while sitting on a hydraulic jack, especially in the rear. You can maybe stretch your arm underneath and keep your head out from underneath the vehicle - but I would want to make sure you get those stands in the right position.

Hence the need for a crash helmet if you buy a $50.00 hydraulic jack.


This^^ although I do pull my cars up on a ramp, e brake them, put them in gear or park and chock the wheels to change oil. I like to get every drop out of the oil pan before replacing it. That's just me. But all of this is solid info OP.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:05 PM
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I've changed my own oil plenty of times, I always had a car so I used floor ramps, no way could I fit uner a car 6" off the ground. This is my first Wrangler. My need for the floor jack and the stands were to do my own tire rotation. Ill use ramps for the oil change. I finally got tired of having to take a sharpie to ny tires and mark them so I know if the garage did the rotation. I actually caught the last 4 places, 2 Goodyear, a Mr Tire and a Firestone dealer, not doing the rotation. I have to go in and raise hell every time so Ill go back to my youth and do it all myself.

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