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Old 07-25-2003, 12:18 AM   #1
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Ok Ive had my car for almost a year and have been taking it to jiffy lube to get the oil changed because I have been short on time and the weather last winter was horrible. Now I've decided to start changing it on my own but I have never done this before and was looking for some help. I am thinking of going with Mobil 1 5w30 but what else do I need to buy other than a filter ? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated
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for the first time, a drain pan and a funnel. thats it though.

i would suggest 10w30 though instead of 5w30. just my opinion though.

all you do is remove the drain plug, let the oil drain. change filter, put darin plug back in, pour new oil in.
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if you cant find the oil plug, get a manual (haynes, chiltons etc...) they are very good for that type thing.
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if you cant find the oil plug, get a manual (haynes, chiltons etc...) they are very good for that type thing.
Ditto. For the simple jobs, Chiltons or Haynes manuals are great.
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if you cant find the oil plug, get a manual (haynes, chiltons etc...) they are very good for that type thing.
Ditto. For the simple jobs, Chiltons or Haynes manuals are great.
heck, i still use mine when taking apart the engine or doing a drivetrain swap. they completly tore apart a car and it had a lot of good info in them
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heck, i still use mine when taking apart the engine or doing a drivetrain swap. they completly tore apart a car and it had a lot of good info in them
Is that the Chilton or the Hayes that you are talking about monkey ?
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I personally have a Chiltons. They're practically the same anyway. I think my Chiltons Manual cost about 13 bucks.
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for the first time, a drain pan and a funnel. thats it though.

i would suggest 10w30 though instead of 5w30. just my opinion though.

all you do is remove the drain plug, let the oil drain. change filter, put darin plug back in, pour new oil in.
I filter wrench would be helpful also.
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Ill make a how to on this, lots of people ask this believe it or not, iam just waiting for my next change.
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a how-to on changing oil?

here you go.
1. jack front k-member up
2. unbolt drain plug
3. let oil drain in pan
4. remove oil filter
5. put new filter on
6. put drain plug back in
7. fill with 5qts of oil
8. start car and drive off into the sunset.

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newb's like pics.
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newb's like pics.

haha okay.
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you might wanna rub a little bit of fresh oil on the seal of the new filter when you screw it in, just to make sure the gasket is nice an moist. . . thats what ive always done.
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i always do what el cheapo said too.
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a how-to on changing oil?

here you go.
1. jack front k-member up
2. unbolt drain plug
3. let oil drain in pan
4. remove oil filter
5. put new filter on
6. put drain plug back in
7. fill with 5qts of oil
8. start car and drive off into the sunset.

8)
Ok, now take that a step further and give us the bolt sizes and TQ specs for the bolt and the filter. Examples of filter types and oil viscosities. Checking the oil on a regular basis. check the oil level after the fill up, and so on. What tools are needed and whre you cna pick everything up.
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Ill do it my next change which will be soon.
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What are you suppossed to put the old oil in ? Someone told me it was illeagal in some states now to put it in empty milk jugs and stuff
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Ask your local auto store if they recycle oil, and the requirements for getting it there. they usually take it in the big re-usable oil tray containers. They empty it and give you the container back
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What are you suppossed to put the old oil in ? Someone told me it was illeagal in some states now to put it in empty milk jugs and stuff
yea its illegal to dump that ####, but everyone does it anyway.
I put it in milk jugs, and stick it in a dumpster.
I also believe autozone recycles oil, so they take it free.
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Correct on Auto Zone, I think Advance Auto is the same. I find a set of the plastic Rhino Ramps is a lot handier than jacking up the car, I feel safer too, and you don't even need jack stands. I have steel ramps, but mustangs tend to be so low they hit on the steel ramps and can damage things.
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Ok anyone now the model number on the filter that I need ? I went to autozone and there were like 50 different kinds and the only guy there was a complete moron
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Fram Extra Guard - PH3600
Fram Tough Guard - TG3600
Fram Double Guard - DG3600

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most places charge a few bucks for taking oil.

however where i live they do it for almost free, and it makes oil changes worth doing yourself.

heck i will be changing my oil shortly as well, if i had a digital camera i'd shwo you how.
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Well I have a digital camera and am going to change it tommorow so I'll take pictures as I go along
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sounds good.
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Ok tried today and didn't have a very fun time. To start, the rhino ramps slid forward whenever I tried to drive up on them so I ended up having to jack up each wheel and cram the ramp under them. Then out of nowhere it decided to start raining so i had to move into the garage and repeat. Then I finaly get under there and I cannot get the freaking drain plug off. No matter how hard I tried, it wouldn't turn and then the socket would just keep slipping on the bolt. So I spent forever trying to get it off but nothing would do it. Eventually it was time to shower and go to work so I just gave up Any suggestions ?
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Take it to autozone ford whoever, get a new bolt you stripped it.

You'll have to pay for the oil change while your at it.
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Question? Did you put the bolt in there? If you did, why did you tighten it so tight? If you had used a 6 point, as opposed to a 12 point socket you may have had a more successful time getting it out, I take it that you rounded the corners of the bolt off and that is why it won't turn now? Sears makes special sockets for messed up bolts which might do the job if this is the case.
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I've tried those sockets at sears they dont work so well.
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Well I haven't ever touched the bolt I think jiffy lube probably did something to it. I'm going to go back under my car monday and see if a little wd-40 and some luck won't help. The bolt looked a little rounded but it didnt look too major
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make sure to find the correct socket for it.
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If you strip the bolt, your next best option will be vise grip pliers. You will need to replace that bolt if it gets too rounded.

Also, Change your actual body possition if you cant get the bolt off. If you cant get it one way, move around to a different possition. You may not be getting the leverage that you may need due to your body mechanics (No, I'm not a body mechanist specialist, but I have worked for chriopractors for a while). Changing possitions may seem stupid, but that works for me a lot of the time.
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Vise grips usually just strip it more, trust me ive tried it.

Also get a breaker bar. Works wonders in these situations.
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