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Seriouslyallen 02-01-2012 11:25 PM

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.

derfC 02-02-2012 10:16 AM

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! :banghead:

Threecard 02-02-2012 11:49 AM

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.

98TJ-idiot 02-02-2012 12:14 PM

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.

bc3_Jeep 02-02-2012 12:15 PM

Nobody mentioned it...... so I will.....engine needs to be WARM-HOT when you do the change.... otherwise... not good drainage.

daggo66 02-02-2012 01:06 PM

Make sure the old gasket comes off with the old filter.

coolbreeze 02-02-2012 01:39 PM

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.

mrocci 02-02-2012 01:42 PM

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 02-02-2012 01:52 PM

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.

Seriouslyallen 02-02-2012 07:28 PM

helpful oil change tips
 
wow thanks for such a friendly and quick response, these tips are great. Keem them coming!

daggo66 02-02-2012 08:05 PM

I buy my oil at Walmart. They take back the used oil for free.

The7thSon 02-02-2012 09:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by derfC (Post 1986621)
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! :banghead:



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!

:doh:

jeep-dj 02-03-2012 12:24 AM

Don't change it in the wind. Gets oil everywhere.

Radioman 02-03-2012 01:20 AM

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.

coolbreeze 02-03-2012 08:37 AM

Good time to check your air filter and grease all the Zerk fittings.

jskinn27 02-03-2012 06:34 PM

do not forget to put the plug back in...and make sure you change the oil filter lol

jskinn27 02-03-2012 06:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by coolbreeze (Post 1989942)
Good time to check your air filter and grease all the Zerk fittings.

thats when i do it :)

computeruser 02-03-2012 07:32 PM

Mobil1 Oil and Filter, with the oversized filter if one exists for your vehicle. Can't go wrong with that setup.

ballistx 02-03-2012 07:38 PM

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....

JIMBOX 02-03-2012 08:06 PM

:whistling: 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 (Post 1989107)
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!

:doh:

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

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...T0201-Copy.jpg

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

Smokemifyougotem

:dance::rofl: JIMBO


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