Just purchased 2012 Liberty for my daughter. I crawled under to take a look at the oil filter position and ease of change as she is perfectly capable of performing this service herself. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't even get a grasp on the filter.
I just bought a used 2011 and registered it on the Jeep website. I now get Mopar service offers in the mail. They sent me an offer for 4 oil changes for $65. This is for 5 quarts of oil and a filter. That's $16.25 per oil change. I can't even buy the materials for that price. I've been changing my own oil for 20 years, but it looks like I'll take it to the dealership for that price. The only hassle is going to be scheduling the oil change and driving it to the dealership, compared to changing the oil at my own convenience. In other words less time wasted to get the oil changed if I do it my self compared to driving up there and waiting for the dealer to do it. I'd register with Jeep if you haven't or at least look into this deal that they are offering. You really can't beat the price. Plus if you have any problems under warranty you can say, hey you guys changed the oil.
You may be able to find a dealer that doesn't require an appointment.
Some dealers have Express Lane Oil Change and some don't. Every MOPAR® Express Lane location has a dedicated service lane for oil changes and vehicle checks.
Other dealers will get you in for an oil change without an appointment and get you out fairly quickly.
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You have to weary of these almost too good to be true deals. I was away on business, drove my personal car and noticed a Nissan Dealer across the street. At the time, I had an 89' Pick Up. I asked the if I could drop it off for a simple oil change the next day. They said sure. After servicing the pick up, I drove back to my beach house which was about 60 miles away everything was ok. Next day a puddle of oil was under my truck I popped my hood and noticed the same oil filter was on it. I called them up an complained they actually sent a flatbed to pick up my truck. I checked the oil again and all they did was add in what they felt I lost. Anyway for those of you living in south Jersey stay away from Classic Nissan. I ended up redoing it myself. Be careful often if an offer is too good to be true it often is.
When you get knee-deep in a situation, floor it.
The best way is to loosen the filter from the top. I use a pair of channel locks to break it free. Then take it out by hand, its at a angle so putting the new one on u gotta look where the housing is at. Other than that its easy but they could of put it in a better spot. It should take 5 quarts ,i use a mobil 1 filter and royal purple oil. I change my oil every 12k as rec by royal purple since its synthetic. I only had to add a bit less than half a quart to top it back off at 9500 miles on that oil. That seems the best since u wont be in there as much and I do a lot of driving.
Gotta go with Cobra here. it might be more expensive up front but I personally don't let anyone TOUCH my Jeep (if you are permitted, you should feel lucky). I do it myself, take my time, and do all services correctly. Nothing against garages or dealerships, but they are human and make mistakes. I only go 8000 miles between oil changes even with synthetic but that's just my OC in me.
I just changed my oil yesterday and the easiest way I found was to go ahead and break my forearm so I have another joint in order to reach it. LOL. Seriously though I used a channel lock type filter wrench to get it loose then found it easier to lay on my side. That black guard on the fan sure gave a few battle scars though.
My first Liberty oil change tonight. I just purchased a 11 with 96,000. Who is the £¥€>£€%#£¥ that put the filter there. I have been working on motors for 40+ years and have not seen this on a SUV. I would like to meet them on my garage floor one day. I expect better from jeep. This is my 3rd and the worst engineered. The best post I read was the saws all on the drain. Who the %#^€£ needs a drain trough. I know they are redesigning these, does anyone know how us normal people can send our thoughts to the engineering dept?