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post #1 of 26 Old 05-30-2020, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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DIY Oil/Filter Change

My 2016 GC HA is out of warranty now and needs an oil change, so I'm wondering if this is something I can do myself.

I have zero experience with auto-mechanics but am technically minded and a capable DIYer so I feel like this is within my grasp.

Is there anything tricky or any gotchas with the 2016 WK2 in regards to oil changes? And will I need a jack, or do you think I'll be able to do it if I raise the car up to ORII?

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 26 Old 05-30-2020, 03:51 PM
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If you have a 3.6l it couldnít be easier

Get underneath remove drain plug and drain into a 7 litre container, while that is happening remove oil filter, in engine bay, fit new filter, get under car refit drain plug.

Now fill motor with appropriate grade oil, check dipstick. Run motor check oil level and check for leaks, done.

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DIY Oil/Filter Change

Awesome, yes I have the 3.6.

Do I need any special tools? And do I need a jack if I raise the suspension up?

And what about tightening the drain plug, do I need a torque wrench or anything like that to ensure itís tightened appropriately?
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Be careful when you tighten the oil filter cap..do not over tighten it as it can cause damage to the filter housing and eventual leaking
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Torque wrench is nice but not necessary. Drain plug is 20ft-lbs, oil filter housing is 18 ft-lbs. The oil filter comes with a new o-ring for the housing. Make sure you lube it with fresh oil before installing it
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Awesome, yes I have the 3.6.

Do I need any special tools? And do I need a jack if I raise the suspension up?

And what about tightening the drain plug, do I need a torque wrench or anything like that to ensure itís tightened appropriately?
Most just use ORAII level, but put jack stands or equivalent under for safety. If one of those airbags springs a leak while you are under, there will be less drama.

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Yeah, don't over tighten the filter cover. 25 nM.

I put a Fumoto drain valve on a month ago and it's a nice thing to have!

Was going to Rock Auto and order some more Eco Smart filters too. Just used my last one.
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Don't forget to rotate the tires. I do a tire rotation whenever I change the oil, which is every 5,000 miles.
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post #9 of 26 Old 05-31-2020, 05:31 AM
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The oil filter cap takes a 24mm or 15/16" socket to loosen. The same size wrench might also work if you have one.
There are several Youtube videos on changing oil on a Jeep 3.6 engine. Those might be helpful if you have not done it before.
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post #10 of 26 Old 05-31-2020, 09:50 AM
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Definitely get a fumoto drain valve. It will replace your drain plug, with a finger operated valve. It will make your NEXT oil change much cleaner, and more enjoyable.
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Regarding the Fumoto valve. I notice they are sold with 3 nipple sizes. Standard, short and long. What would be the applications for these?
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Thanks for the advice guys, Iíll definitely check YouTube out and investigate those oil plug caps.

Next question, any recommendations on filter?

I remember hearing/reading something somewhere about OEM oil filters being the ones to go for. Is that the case, or should I be looking at a particular brand, or are these things a much of a muchness?
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Regarding the Fumoto valve. I notice they are sold with 3 nipple sizes. Standard, short and long. What would be the applications for these?
You don't need them.

I got mine with none at all. Better ground clearance.
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Thanks for the advice guys, Iíll definitely check YouTube out and investigate those oil plug caps.

Next question, any recommendations on filter?

I remember hearing/reading something somewhere about OEM oil filters being the ones to go for. Is that the case, or should I be looking at a particular brand, or are these things a much of a muchness?
I used Ecosmart synthetic OF's from Rock Auto last time. They are made for 5000 miles or more between oil changes. Now RA doesn't sell them anymore.
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post #15 of 26 Old 06-01-2020, 07:49 AM
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Fumoto drain plugs are convenient, but they are also more likely to get broken off by sticks/stones/snow/sand if you plan to go off road without a bash plate. Not a problem for normal driving though.
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