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Old 05-24-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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how do i change the oil

yeah i'm an idiot i know but can someone break it down for me

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Pull drain plug, remove oil filter, put some oil on new oil filter seal, install new oil filter, install drain plug, fill with oil. Put on new oil change sticker.

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step one.
open your hood.

step two.
put a oil pan under the drain plug

step three.
take of oil cap. (on top of engine)

step four.
unscrew the plug to the oil pan slowly.

step five.
let the oil drain till completely empty.

step six.
relocate oil catcher under the oil filter.

step seven.
slowly remover oil filter.

step eight.
get all oil out of filter.

step nine.
rescrew the oil plug back into place.

step ten.
grab new oil filter.

step eleven.
take old oil and lightly put oil around the edges of the filter.

step twelve.
screw in oil filter.

step thirteen.
grab a new bottle (normally 5 quarts in a jeep) of full synthetic oil.

step fourteen.
slowly pour each bottle in the jeep till full.

step sixteen.
put oil cap back on.

step seventeen.
turn on jeep and let run for 5 mins before driving.

and then your done.
was that simple enough?
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That works. What kind of oil would a 1998 TJ use with 144k?
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6 quarts of 10w30 assuming its a 6cyl.
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im guessing what size oil filter is gonna come next?
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if your asking this...

two words....

Jiffy-Lube

i even took the trouble to find this for you...

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19250 Walters Ave
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Which engine do you have?

Do you know where the oil filter is located? What about the drain plug for the oil pan?

Changing oil in a Jeep is fairly easy. They didn't design it worth a sh!t but it's gonna be one of the easiest oil changes you ever do.

check your oil level before changing.
this will let you know if you have any leaks. If level is good, move on.

I've found it best to have the engine slightly warm when changing the oil. It (the oil) drains better. I prefer not to do it after driving around for a while because the oil is hot, The engine is hot, underneath is hot.... you get the idea, but to each their own.

You will need a bucket or some type of open container to catch the old oil in.
something that can hold the amount of oil your vehicle has in it. If it is the typical I6 4.0L, that will be 6 quarts.

Place that under the oil drain plug located on the oil pan. You should be able to gain access to it from the passenger side. Keep in mind that the oil will not drain down, but out. so the bucket or whatever will need to closer to the wheel in order to catch the oil when it first starts draining.

Again, this depends on what you use to catch the old oil.

You need a ratchet and the correct socket to remove the drain plug from the oil pan.


Remove the drain plug. Remember, righty tighty lefty loosey. You may have to put a little muscle into it but it shouldn't take a lot of force to remove it. Once it's loosened, it should come off by hand easily. I personally like to wear latex gloves or something cheap and disposable when changing oil.

don't be under it when you remove it.

After all the oil drains, wipe down the hole, inspect for any metal pieces, wipe the oil pan down, clean the drain plug bolt, check the rubber grommet or gasket on the bolt to make sure it isn't broke.

Reinstall the bolt for the drain plug. It should screw all the way in by hand and should be very easy to do. be careful not to cross thread. Once it's all the way in, apply little force with tool to tighten it. careful not to apply too much and strip it.

Now to remove the oil filter. It's in a b!tch of a place if you have the I6 4.0, but can be easily reached. again, righty tighty lefty loosy. It pisses me off every time changing the filter because oil always get's on the....

. I like the cap style oil filter wrenches that fit over the end of it and you snap a ratchet onto. again, it may take a little muscle but it should turn and you can remove by hand.

Remove the old filter, if it's the i6 4.0, it should be on the passenger side of the engine. inspect it for anything that may look unusual. Make sure the old rubber O ring gasket came off with it. clean the surface area on the engine from where you removed the old filter. with a rag, making sure no dirt, sand or whatever get's on it. Ir should be shiny.

When buying a new filter, make sure you get the right one, that it isn't dented or has metal shavings in it, and that the one in the box is indeed the correct one. have someone double check for you.

Take the new filter, you will notice the rubber gasket ring on it. Make sure it has one, and that there is only one. apply a little oil to it. you can actually put your finger in one of the new bottles of oil, get oil on it, and wipe that around the gasket on the new oil filter. Make sure no trash, dirt, sand, whatever, get's on it.

start screwing it on by hand, again, it should go on very easy with no tools required. Hand tighten it. Once it's all the way on, you can use the same cap style oil wrench to put just a little pressure on it to make sure it is seated and tight. do not over tighten!

Many people disagree with this, they say "hand tighten only, no tool".

Yeah, right. I've seen many vehicles loose oil after everything heats up from "hand tightened oil filters".

never use oil filter pliers to install a new filter. period!

Remove the oil cap from the top. Install a clean funnel and start pouring in the oil.

After the first quart, check the oil plug to make sure nothing is leaking. If all is good, add the rest.

Once it's all in, remove the funnel, screw the oil cap back on. Check the oil level on the dip stick. start the vehicle. watch the oil pressure. It may take a few seconds longer to go up but it should go up to normal. you may get an audible alarm but it should go out quick. If oil pressure remains low or alarm persist, turn engine off.
If all is well, Listen to the engine to make sure nothing sound different, and while it's running, check around for leaks, like the drain plug and filter. especially the filter.

done. drive it some and again, check the oil level regularly and also for any oil leaking around the filter and the drain plug (that's why you clean the oil pan and around the filter!)
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if your asking this...

two words....

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i even took the trouble to find this for you...

Jiffy Lube
19250 Walters Ave
Poolesville, MD 20837
301-916-9400
Don't listen to this Guy. It takes less than an hour and you know it's done right. Get some high quality oil such as Mobil 1 or I use Casterol GTX ans grab a WIX filter. Stay away from Fram.

Also I recommend removing the fill cap before you drain it. If for some reason it wont come off, you can still drive the Jeep. Other wise, if you drain it then find the cap wont come off, you're SOL.
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How to Change Oil
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Women:
1. Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last
oil change.
2. Drink a cup of coffee.
3. 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained
vehicle.

Money Spent:
$30.00 Oil Change + $1.00 Coffee
Total: $31.00


Men:
1. Go to O'Reilly auto parts and write a check for $50 dollars for oil,
filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and scented tree.
2. Discover that the used oil container is full. Instead of taking it back
to O'Reilly to recycle, dump in hole in back yard.
3. Open a beer and drink it.
4. Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5. Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6. In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7. Place drain pan under engine.
8. Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9. Give up and use crescent wrench.
10. Unscrew drain plug.
11. Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil; get hot oil on you in process.
12. Clean up.
13. Have another beer while oil is draining.
14. Look for oil filter wrench.
15. Give up; poke oil filter with screwdriver and twist it off.
16. Beer.
17. Buddy shows up; finish case with him. Finish oil change tomorrow.
18. Next day, drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car.
19. Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20. Beer. No, drank it all yesterday.
21. Walk to 7-11; buy beer.
22. Install new oil filter making sure to apply thin coat of clean oil to
gasket first.
23. Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24. Remember drain plug from step 11.
25. Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26. Hurry to replace drain plug before the whole quart of fresh oil drains
onto floor.
27. Slip with wrench and bang knuckles on frame.
28. Bang head on floor board in reaction.
29. Begin cussing fit.
30. Throw wrench.
31. Beer.
32. Clean up; apply Band-Aid to knuckle.
33. Beer.
34. Beer.
35. Dump in additional 4 quarts of oil.
36. Beer.
37. Lower car from jack stands
38. Accidentally crush one of the jack stands
39. Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during
step 23.
40. Test drive car
41. Get pulled over; arrested for driving under the influence.
42. Car gets impounded.
43. Make bail; get car from impound yard.

Money Spent:
$50 parts + $12 beer + $75 replacement set of jack stands (hey, the colors have to match!) + $1000 Bail + $200 Impound and towing fee
Total: $1337
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So basically, if you plan ahead, put news paper/card board evreywhere, and stay away from alcohol, you'll be fine.

Here is a good guide www.jeep.us41.org/oil/index.html
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How to Change Oil
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Women:
1. Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last
oil change.
2. Drink a cup of coffee.
3. 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained
vehicle.

Money Spent:
$30.00 Oil Change + $1.00 Coffee
Total: $31.00


Men:
1. Go to O'Reilly auto parts and write a check for $50 dollars for oil,
filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and scented tree.
2. Discover that the used oil container is full. Instead of taking it back
to O'Reilly to recycle, dump in hole in back yard.
3. Open a beer and drink it.
4. Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5. Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6. In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7. Place drain pan under engine.
8. Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9. Give up and use crescent wrench.
10. Unscrew drain plug.
11. Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil; get hot oil on you in process.
12. Clean up.
13. Have another beer while oil is draining.
14. Look for oil filter wrench.
15. Give up; poke oil filter with screwdriver and twist it off.
16. Beer.
17. Buddy shows up; finish case with him. Finish oil change tomorrow.
18. Next day, drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car.
19. Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20. Beer. No, drank it all yesterday.
21. Walk to 7-11; buy beer.
22. Install new oil filter making sure to apply thin coat of clean oil to
gasket first.
23. Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24. Remember drain plug from step 11.
25. Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26. Hurry to replace drain plug before the whole quart of fresh oil drains
onto floor.
27. Slip with wrench and bang knuckles on frame.
28. Bang head on floor board in reaction.
29. Begin cussing fit.
30. Throw wrench.
31. Beer.
32. Clean up; apply Band-Aid to knuckle.
33. Beer.
34. Beer.
35. Dump in additional 4 quarts of oil.
36. Beer.
37. Lower car from jack stands
38. Accidentally crush one of the jack stands
39. Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during
step 23.
40. Test drive car
41. Get pulled over; arrested for driving under the influence.
42. Car gets impounded.
43. Make bail; get car from impound yard.

Money Spent:
$50 parts + $12 beer + $75 replacement set of jack stands (hey, the colors have to match!) + $1000 Bail + $200 Impound and towing fee
Total: $1337


hahaha kinda just made my day.
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The beginners' mistakes are:

1. Misidentifying the drain plug for the engine and draining the transmission. (Hard to do on a jeep, though)

2. Not noticing whether the old rubber seal came off with the old oil filter as it should, thus preventing the new seal from seating properly

3. Not wiping the base plate clean, then not lubing the seal on the new filter so that it binds up and it all leaks out when started

4. Not tightening the filter a full 3/4 to one turn after it makes contact with the base plate

5. Overfilling the engine by not counting the quarts you add

6. Starting it up and then no looking underneath for leaks

7. Not wearing gloves despite the fact that used motor oil is now a recognized cause of skin cancer

8. Dumping oil in the ground, in a creek, down the sewer instead of taking it for recylcing.
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Okay new question, the oil gauge is bouncing up and down, it looks to be under 1/2 and right above 1/4. I'm going to go check the dip stick now
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It says it's fine...but the trans fluid is low. poooooooooooooooooooooop
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It is easy to change oil but it can also be intimidating if you have never done it before. Ask a friend, who knows how to change oil, to help/show you how it is done. After the first time, you will have no problem doing it on your own. Everyone has a "first time" once...
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Uh....how did we get from oil changes to transmission fluid being low?

People who think an oil pressure gauge will let them know if they are low on oil are taking a big risk.
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How to Change Oil
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Women:
1. Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last
oil change.
2. Drink a cup of coffee.
3. 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained
vehicle.

Money Spent:
$30.00 Oil Change + $1.00 Coffee
Total: $31.00

Men:
1. Go to O'Reilly auto parts and write a check for $50 dollars for oil,
filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and scented tree.
2. Discover that the used oil container is full. Instead of taking it back
to O'Reilly to recycle, dump in hole in back yard.
3. Open a beer and drink it.
4. Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5. Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6. In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7. Place drain pan under engine.
8. Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9. Give up and use crescent wrench.
10. Unscrew drain plug.
11. Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil; get hot oil on you in process.
12. Clean up.
13. Have another beer while oil is draining.
14. Look for oil filter wrench.
15. Give up; poke oil filter with screwdriver and twist it off.
16. Beer.
17. Buddy shows up; finish case with him. Finish oil change tomorrow.
18. Next day, drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car.
19. Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20. Beer. No, drank it all yesterday.
21. Walk to 7-11; buy beer.
22. Install new oil filter making sure to apply thin coat of clean oil to
gasket first.
23. Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24. Remember drain plug from step 11.
25. Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26. Hurry to replace drain plug before the whole quart of fresh oil drains
onto floor.
27. Slip with wrench and bang knuckles on frame.
28. Bang head on floor board in reaction.
29. Begin cussing fit.
30. Throw wrench.
31. Beer.
32. Clean up; apply Band-Aid to knuckle.
33. Beer.
34. Beer.
35. Dump in additional 4 quarts of oil.
36. Beer.
37. Lower car from jack stands
38. Accidentally crush one of the jack stands
39. Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during
step 23.
40. Test drive car
41. Get pulled over; arrested for driving under the influence.
42. Car gets impounded.
43. Make bail; get car from impound yard.

Money Spent:
$50 parts + $12 beer + $75 replacement set of jack stands (hey, the colors have to match!) + $1000 Bail + $200 Impound and towing fee
Total: $1337
Couldn't have put it better myself
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Okay new question, the oil gauge is bouncing up and down, it looks to be under 1/2 and right above 1/4. I'm going to go check the dip stick now
That's not an oil level gauge, it's an oil pressure gauge and oil pressure is supposed to go up and down in step with engine rpms. The oil pressure will be low at idle and rise in step with the engine rpms as you accelerate and drive faster.

Newer Jeep oil pressure guages don't go up and down with the true oil pressure. They were reprogrammed in the early 2000's not to do that because too many people were scared by the oil pressure going up and down as it is supposed to. Newer oil pressure gauges just go to mid-scale and pretty well stay there unless there is a true oil pressure problem.
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How to Change Oil
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Women:
1. Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last
oil change.
2. Drink a cup of coffee.
3. 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained
vehicle.

Money Spent:
$30.00 Oil Change + $1.00 Coffee
Total: $31.00


Men:
1. Go to O'Reilly auto parts and write a check for $50 dollars for oil,
filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and scented tree.
2. Discover that the used oil container is full. Instead of taking it back
to O'Reilly to recycle, dump in hole in back yard.
3. Open a beer and drink it.
4. Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5. Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6. In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7. Place drain pan under engine.
8. Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9. Give up and use crescent wrench.
10. Unscrew drain plug.
11. Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil; get hot oil on you in process.
12. Clean up.
13. Have another beer while oil is draining.
14. Look for oil filter wrench.
15. Give up; poke oil filter with screwdriver and twist it off.
16. Beer.
17. Buddy shows up; finish case with him. Finish oil change tomorrow.
18. Next day, drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car.
19. Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20. Beer. No, drank it all yesterday.
21. Walk to 7-11; buy beer.
22. Install new oil filter making sure to apply thin coat of clean oil to
gasket first.
23. Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24. Remember drain plug from step 11.
25. Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26. Hurry to replace drain plug before the whole quart of fresh oil drains
onto floor.
27. Slip with wrench and bang knuckles on frame.
28. Bang head on floor board in reaction.
29. Begin cussing fit.
30. Throw wrench.
31. Beer.
32. Clean up; apply Band-Aid to knuckle.
33. Beer.
34. Beer.
35. Dump in additional 4 quarts of oil.
36. Beer.
37. Lower car from jack stands
38. Accidentally crush one of the jack stands
39. Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during
step 23.
40. Test drive car
41. Get pulled over; arrested for driving under the influence.
42. Car gets impounded.
43. Make bail; get car from impound yard.

Money Spent:
$50 parts + $12 beer + $75 replacement set of jack stands (hey, the colors have to match!) + $1000 Bail + $200 Impound and towing fee
Total: $1337
I love how you made that all add up to $1337 (Leet)
i enjoyed reading that and im gonna follow these steps to a T next time i do my oil!
i might even take pics for a sticky thread
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That's not an oil level gauge, it's an oil pressure gauge and oil pressure is supposed to go up and down in step with engine rpms. The oil pressure will be low at idle and rise in step with the engine rpms as you accelerate and drive faster.

Newer Jeep oil pressure guages don't go up and down with the true oil pressure. They were reprogrammed in the early 2000's not to do that because too many people were scared by the oil pressure going up and down as it is supposed to. Newer oil pressure gauges just go to mid-scale and pretty well stay there unless there is a true oil pressure problem.
Oh okay then.

Thanks everyone I think I got it.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:26 PM   #26
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Step 1: Pull into your local Jiffy Lube and pay $40 for an oil change
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Hopefully you know somebody who has done this before many times and can walk you through the first time. I highly recommend that.
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