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Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

I'm preparing to do my first oil change for my 3.6L V6. Does anyone have a step by step DIY with pictures? I found the .pdf available on WK2jeeps.com, but it seems that some information is missing.
Some questions:
1. What size oil filter cap wrench do I need?
2. Is there an access to the oil plug through the skid plate?
3. If not, what part of skid plate needs to be removed?
Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:46 PM
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

The first one is included in the price. So drive to the dealer, eat their donuts, drink their coffee, read their newpaper and watch their TV. Done!
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

1. No oil filter cap wrench needed as it's above the engine. You need to use a socket wrench.
2. There is an access hole in the skid plate to get to the oil plug.
3. No skid plate removal necessary.

More info here:

http://wk2jeeps.com/engine/3.6L_oil_...ter_change.pdf
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

Just finished the job myself. I didn't have a socket big enough to fit the oil filter cap, so I used a plumber's basin wrench. For the oil plug I used a 1/2 inch socket to remove it. I put the rear of vehicle on stands to help draining as suggested by some other posts, but I'm not sure how much it helped. After a closer look, the plug is facing to the center and to the rear. Next time I will put the front end on ramps.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

Welcome to the Garage!

Sorry I did not see your original post sooner. By now you know how, but here is info for others:
- oil filter cartridge needs 15/16 inch socket to remove
- the drain plug can be removed without need to disassemble skid plates

I use ramps on the front wheels, and oil drains well with no oil leaking onto the skid plate.

Here's an old post I made about the filter:
http://jeepgarage.org/showpost.php?p=339701&postcount=1
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

I didn't have that darn 15/16" when i did mine a few weeks ago. Luckily, a 1" worked -- since it's not very tight. IIRC, I used a 13mm on the drain plug? I didn't even try 1/2" because all mine have been metric for the past several years.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

I'm late to this post as well, thanks for posting silversvs and for the feedback above to you other two ^^

I had to go out and buy a 7/8" socket for the tire rotation, guess i need to go back for a 15/16" ... should have just got that in the first place and used for the lug nuts. 7/8 still seemed tight on many of the lugs.

back to the oil change... usually we drain the oil first and then do the filter change. I noticed the pdf says to first remove the filter and then drain the oil... what are you guys doing, any preference? I would think simply removing the oil FILL cap, then draining the oil, and THEN removing the oil filter would make more sense and be less messy. Thoughts?
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

What I do is drain the oil and while it's draining I remove the filter and swap in the new one. I then put the drain plug back into place and fill her up
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

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What I do is drain the oil and while it's draining I remove the filter and swap in the new one. I then put the drain plug back into place and fill her up
Ditto. Pull the drain plug first, then go up top & do the filter. When you have the filter swapped most of the oil should be out. Sometimes I get the filter loose and let it sit to drain some oil from it before I lift it out. Have a rag ready.

I like the socket. My wife's BMW has basically the same system but doesn't have a socket for the cap. However the filter is in a MUCH better location on her car - a lot less dripping oil.
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

cool thanks. going to be doing this soon. hopefully i can fit under there with it in the off-road II setting! would be sweet, no jacking or ramps needed.
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cool thanks. going to be doing this soon. hopefully i can fit under there with it in the off-road II setting! would be sweet, no jacking or ramps needed.
Make sure you lock out Quadra-Lift so it doesn't reset while your under there!!
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Re: Oil change DIY 3.6L step by step

haha thanks, yes im still alive. locked out the QL and put jack stands under there anyway just in case.

went well. i had a 24mm deep socket that i ended up using for the oil filter cap. needed an extension though to get in there properly. no dripping from the oil filter was sweet. going to consider installing a fumoto valve to make draining oil even easier next time.
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