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
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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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.
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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