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Unread 09-09-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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2011 Patriot 2.4L oil change

Just thought I would post this as kind of a how to. Doing the oil change is SOO MUCH easier if you take off the plastic "skid plate" underneath the engine. Taking it off gives you a ton more room to work, you dont have to worry about oil sitting on top of the skid plate and collecting dirt, and you can actually get a wrench on the oil filter. It removes with (6) 10mm bolts, 3 front and 3 back, and there are 4 body clips total, 2 in each wheel well, kind of behind the brake caliper and towards the front of the car. Hope this helps someone out

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Unread 09-09-2012, 10:27 AM   #2
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That skid plate is only on the off-road packaged Patriots I believe.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 11:50 AM   #3
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The new Compasses have that plastic skid plate as well. My wife's is not the off-road package/trail rated, and it has it. I believe its called a splash guard or something along those lines.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 12:26 PM   #4
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Some of the earlier Compass' had only the side shields (like mine) and some had the full shield. So it's a non issue on some and of course the metal skid plates on the FD II are a non issue too. But thanks for offering the tip to those that can use it.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 01:08 PM   #5
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Mine has a hole in the plastic splash guard for access to the oil filter and a hole to access the drain plug.
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Unread 09-10-2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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Yea I have a 2011 2.4L Sport and it has the full skid plate. The first oil change I went to do myself I popped out all the 10mm bolts and then realize the 4 inside the fender's and figured it was just a stupid hassle to do that everytime to change the oil. The cut outs in the skid plate for the drain plug and oil filter are plenty. I can easily reach everything without even jacking up the Jeep and have the oil change in 15 minutes. I do agree though that I get some oil dripped on it and it will collect some dirt. I plan to drop the whole skid plate off this fall and scrub it off good.
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