Oil Change

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  1. SRT-Tom

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    Here is a basic DIY video on how to change your oil.

    I would add the following tips:
    • Lay out a plastic drop cloth to catch any oil spills.
    • Use low profile car ramps instead of jack stands.
    • Use an oil socket wrench to remove tight oil filters.
    • Make sure that the rubber gasket from the old filter comes off and does not stick to the mounting plate.
    • Use a plastic zip lock bag to dispose of the used oil filter.
    • Buy a better SRT oil filter (Part # MO-041) rather than a standard MOPAR filter (You can buy one from E-Bay for around $12).
    • Buy two 5 qt. jugs. They are cheaper per qt. than single qts. (You can buy a 5 qt. jug of Mobil 1 from Walmart for only $22. In addition, Mobil 1 is currently offering a $12 rebate. That comes to $2 per qt. for full synthetic)!
    • Pour the new oil in slowly.
    • Do not over tighten the oil filter, drain plug (20 lb/ft) or the 10mm skid plate bolts (35 lb/ft).
    • Pour the used oil into the empty jugs and take them to an auto parts store that recycles oil.

    Also, while you are under the car, paint the rust-covered front suspension parts and bolts with black gloss Rust-O-leum. It only takes a few minutes and makes the underside of your car look 1000% better.

     
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    i have a friend who9 has a tire and oil shop local, he is a hot rod guy and has a 67 Camaro SS. so I do trust his mechanics to do the job, I bring my own oil and filter as well, they only charge $18 to do as well as checking tires and the other fluids. I am usually watching them as the do it too. Dam back wont let me even get on a creeper anymore without taking some serious drugs for the pain I have trying to get off of one.
     
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    Hey, I've put 5K Kilometres (about 3K miles) on now after the dealer changed the oil, and I thought I was supposed to change it every 5000 kilometres, and anyway the oil change notification came on not long ago, and I reset it. So I got all set up with an oil pan and everything, and then I looked at the manual and it says I only need to change it every 13,000 (~8,000 miles). Is that right? Did the oil change light probably only come on because my dealer forgot to reset it when they changed the oil?
     
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    Probably. 8,000 miles sounds about right, unless you do a lot of city stop-and-go driving.
     
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    I would also add that you need to completely drain the filter before disposal. Use two small nails to hold the drainback rubber open through the holes in the filter. Let it drain into a container (use a funnel) until it stops. This keeps oil out of the landfill.
    BTW, oil is now totally recyclable so we are doing our part by not dumping oil in landfills or other inappropriate places. All collected oil is reused.
     
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    Good point. My oil catch basin has a space on one of the corners where you can invert the filter and let it drain.
     
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    I wish I would have saved the old '76-'78 "Hot Rod" Magazine that showed how to Recycle the oil back to Mother Earth.

    They dug a hole, filled it with layers of Rock, Gravel, & Sand
    and you poured it back into the earth from where it came :)
     
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    yeah, now you can't do that without penalty if caught.
     
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    Changing the oil is the only thing I don't do myself. My cousin's husband is a mechanic and I take it to his shop with my own oil and filter. They charge me around $20 or so and dispose of the oil plus they check all the fluids, grease all the fittings and check the tire pressure. It's well worth the $20 or so and I don't have to get dirty or oil all over myself. Don't get me wrong I love turning a wrench but changing oil is a pain in the butt!
     
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    Tom .... I think the skid plate bolts are 35 lb/in ... not /ft
     

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