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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

Just did my first change this past weekend and have to admit that it was one of the easiest vehicles I have ever done. As others have noted, the proper size socket for the filter cartridge on top is 24MM, The drain plug is 13MM. To make the top filter easier to access, I pulled the engine cover off and was pleasantly surprised to see that it is held on with rubber grommets onto posts from the engine. It was easy to remove and easy to install back on. I did notice that there was some rubbing of the cover on a piece of the Intake plastic, so took the opportunity to put down a piece of Fuzzy side Velcro onto the intake plastic for the cover to rub on. This was also the first vehicle where I did'nt have to jack up the car in order to get to the drain plug. I approached it from the passenger side and had enough room the get to it, and have a good angle for removing and re-installing the plug.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

thx for the update.
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Just did my first change this past weekend and have to admit that it was one of the easiest vehicles I have ever done. As others have noted, the proper size socket for the filter cartridge on top is 24MM, The drain plug is 13MM. To make the top filter easier to access, I pulled the engine cover off and was pleasantly surprised to see that it is held on with rubber grommets onto posts from the engine. It was easy to remove and easy to install back on. I did notice that there was some rubbing of the cover on a piece of the Intake plastic, so took the opportunity to put down a piece of Fuzzy side Velcro onto the intake plastic for the cover to rub on. This was also the first vehicle where I did'nt have to jack up the car in order to get to the drain plug. I approached it from the passenger side and had enough room the get to it, and have a good angle for removing and re-installing the plug.
Jeep and 13mm,, I swear 99 persent of my TJ was 13mm sockets. All my 13mm sockets are always missing. That and I have about 5 sets of those star sockets from taking that hard top on and off.

Is everybody using the Mopar oil filters or has anybody switched to the Wix or other brands? I'd like to do a comparison of price and quality.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

I used the mopar filter, a little price but not bad ($7 I think). A buddy of mine has a ford diesel and used a fram filter (same kind of filter setup our jeeps have just bigger) and it caved in on him after about 100 miles. Didn't damage his truck because he pulled over when oil pressure light came on. Makes you wonder but I would think Wix would make a quality filter.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

I'm sticking with the Mopar filter for the foreseeable future. The 3.6L Pentastar is still somewhat of a new engine design and I don't trust any aftermarket oil filters just yet.

With regards to a FRAM filter failing, not surprised. They are the cheapest crappiest filters on the market.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

You really should get yourself a Fumoto valve,I've been using it for two years now and it was the end of messy oil changes.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

How much oil should I put in? This sounds so easy I'm tempted to do it myself. Just don't want to put too much or too little oil. I remember doing this myself years ago in older cars it was tricky to figure out how much oil to put in.
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How much oil should I put in? This sounds so easy I'm tempted to do it myself. Just don't want to put too much or too little oil. I remember doing this myself years ago in older cars it was tricky to figure out how much oil to put in.
Read your owner's manual- it takes 6 quarts. What I do is put in a half-quart less, start the engine and let it idle for a minute to circulate the oil, then clean up my bench and work area. Then I check the oil level and pour in enough to get right in the middle of the correct range.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

My dealer likes to gouge me any chance they get so I try to avoid buying OEM maintenance stuff when I know Chrysler does not make the item themselves. At the last oil change I used a WIX oil filter. I have not had any issues. It’s almost time for another change. If I see anything weird with the WIX filter I remove I will post details. I also like the fact that WIX says "Made in USA".
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I think the Mopar filter is made in US or Canada one.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

Any feedback with Purolator filter for the V6? (2011)
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

I'm on the second one now, runs fine. No issues one way or the other. I just wish they made the Pure One version for this, not sure if they have started yet or not.

Also, the price of the filter puts it outside the range of those oil change specials at advance auto.. just by a $1. So if the employee is going by the book you don't get the oil change special price.
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