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Unread 06-30-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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Oil Change

Hey everyone. I am about to get up to where I need an oil change. I have tried to do it myself in the past, but the Jeep in a little too low and I didn't want to buy any wheel ramps, so I sadly resolved to take it to a mechanic. I really want to do it myself in order to learn how and get the experience, as I am 16 and from an extremely non-mechanical family. Can anyone put up a link to a Compass oil change, or perhaps give me some useful advice?

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Unread 06-30-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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If you plan on doing any work on your Jeep, you're just gonna have to break down and get a set of jack stands, and to make life easier a good floor jack.

This way you can work under the Jeep as well as rotate the tires or anything else involving the wheels, such as brakes etc.

I haven't changed the oil on my wifes Compass yet...we get em free from the dealer...but I'm sure it's as easy as any of the other vehicles I've done in the past.

In short, lift up front end, block rear wheels, remove drain plug over appropriate vessel, remove filter, replace drain plug, install new filter (remember to rub a finger full of fresh oil around the rubber seal on the new filter), fill with correct amount of oil, start engine and let her run for a bit, check oil level and correct if necessary, have a cold drink to celebrate doing your own service .

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Unread 06-30-2009, 08:16 PM   #3
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Actually I think its easier than most others that I've worked on. The oil filter is right up front just about center behind the radiator. Easy to get at and hangs straight down. The drain plug can be gotten at if your arms are long enough, on the rear of the engine.

I agree with ups4 on the GOOD service jack and jack stands but I find ramps indispensable. I AM a tool nut! In the past I've fought for too many hours trying to improvise because I didn't have the right tool or a reasonable substitute.
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Unread 06-30-2009, 08:29 PM   #4
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I AM a tool nut! In the past I've fought for too many hours trying to improvise because I didn't have the right tool or a reasonable substitute.
I know what you mean there Gramps. It never fails with me, get half way through something and have to make a trip to the parts store or Home Depot for a tool I'll probably only use once.
Take a basin wrench for example. Indispensable when needed, but it's pretty much worthless for anything else.

pshingle, go ahead and get a good filter wrench too. The strap kind are the cheapest, but I would recommend the kind that are like a cap on the top of the filter....not sure what they're called exactly...I guess it's a cap wrench. . Other than that, all you'll need is the correct size box wrench for the drain plug.

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I've heard them called a "socket" type too. Many different sizes. Buy the filter and get the "cap" wrench to fit it at the same time.

ups4 - stuck 25 miles from the closest town, 2 hours to get a plastic reservoir off an aluminum master cylinder with out a vice. That was THE LAST STRAW many years ago! Now I have the tools to make tools if I need too.
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Unread 06-30-2009, 08:52 PM   #6
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ups4 - stuck 25 miles from the closest town, 2 hours to get a plastic reservoir off an aluminum master cylinder with out a vice. That was THE LAST STRAW many years ago! Now I have the tools to make tools if I need too.
LOL Gramps, that's the way to do it.
I always say, if I ever win the lottery, I could spend it all at Home Depot and Pep Boys . A man can never have enough tools.

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Unread 06-30-2009, 09:14 PM   #7
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I bought the rhino low pro ramps from the zone....worked great for my 350Z i had and excelent to get a boost under the jeep. They were fairly cheap too
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Unread 07-01-2009, 09:25 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone. All of this good information will give me enough confidence to try.
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Unread 07-01-2009, 04:13 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone. All of this good information will give me enough confidence to try.
Make sure you post back and let us know how you made out.

Next stop....changing the spark plugs . It's easier than you think.

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Make sure you post back and let us know how you made out.

Next stop....changing the spark plugs . It's easier than you think.

Paul
Much easier, but I still hate the air filter!
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Much easier, but I still hate the air filter!
I know. I still haven't figured out exactly what they were thinking, making it so difficult to do such a simple but important thing.
There must be a better way .

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My next upgrade will be the CAI simply so I will not ever have to mess with the factory air cleaner ever.
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I think that I'm going with this version on the air filter DIY Short Ram Intake for under $40
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Lmao. I installed a K&N Aircharger about 4 months ago. The cylinder filter on the intake actually performs worse than a K&N replacement panel filter. K&N Aircharger system = $225, K&N replacement high flow panel filter = $35. Both have the K&N million mile warranty. I reverted back to the K&N panel and stock intake last week.
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