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Old 02-21-2013, 08:48 PM
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I have never done a change in fact I have never messed about with any of my cars or trucks other than change the wheels with punctures and keep them clean. I would like to do my first change. What I would like to know is, can one get underneath enough to work without raising the truck, is there a drain plug separate from the oil filter if so I assume the plug is the first place to release the oil, when replacing the filter how much pressure in tightening the filter. Is there anything I should be aware of other than making sure I remove the existing gasket and only one is put back.At my age these seem like dumb questions but their you go trying to get past ignorance is bliss.
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The only dumb question, is the one not asked so no worries. I see your truck is a 4x4 and I have found generally it is possible to get under the truck to change oil & filter without jacking. If you have running boards it may be a challenge and jacking the truck up may make it easier to accomplish. Just make sure if you do, to place jack stands under to support the truck while you are under it. DO NOT RELY on the jack to support the truck while you are under it. Yes the drain plug is separate from the filter and you will want to remove it to drain the oil first, otherwise removing the filter will create a real big and unnecessary mess. When replacing a new filter, you will want to dip your finger in fresh oil and wipe/rub it on the gasket on the filter to create a good seal. When you tighten the filter, hand tighten is best. If you insist on using a filter wrench to tighten perhaps only 1/8 to 1/4 turn is more than enough. The only gasket involved that is removable and need to be concerned with is on the drain plug and generally it can be re-used. You might pick up a Chilton's or Haynes manual for your truck which is full of good and helpful information, including photos which help to illustrate the lay of the land. Good luck, changing oil and filter is pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it, learning where everything is etc.
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There are probably a YouTube video out there. if your truck is high enough you do not need ramps or jacks. You will need to locate your drain plug on the oil pan. I drain my oil pan then remove the filter I let both quit dripping before I put plug back in. You can fill your filter before be sure to put some oil on the rubber oring before you s crew it on hand tighten only. Pour the rest of the oil in thru the oil cap on top of engine. 7 quarts for Hemi get you a Haynes manual it will cover everything you would need to do to your truck.
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Thanks guys for you responses they are very helpful though I am pretty practical being a builder all my life but never messed around with transport.
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Welcome to the club. i just posted something very similar to this a few months back bc my sum of experience working on vehicles was watching my father and brother. Finally wanted to get my hands dirty too.
A few words of advice. The jack and jack stands do make it alot easier and will be useful for future work if you decide you want to dig a little deeper. Second, look around for the best price. i can do the 7 quart change with mobil 1 and a mopar filter for about $26 when i get them at walmart. if i go to autozone or napa, etc it's about $40. third, get the BIG oil pan. I got the 7 quart and found that although it was big enough to hold the oil, it was a pain pouring it out into a container to get rid of. made a big mess. get one with a handle if you can find it.

In general, just as a point of reference, get the haynes manual. best $20 i ever spent.
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The only dumb question, is the one not asked so no worries. I see your truck is a 4x4 and I have found generally it is possible to get under the truck to change oil & filter without jacking. If you have running boards it may be a challenge and jacking the truck up may make it easier to accomplish. Just make sure if you do, to place jack stands under to support the truck while you are under it. DO NOT RELY on the jack to support the truck while you are under it. Yes the drain plug is separate from the filter and you will want to remove it to drain the oil first, otherwise removing the filter will create a real big and unnecessary mess. When replacing a new filter, you will want to dip your finger in fresh oil and wipe/rub it on the gasket on the filter to create a good seal. When you tighten the filter, hand tighten is best. If you insist on using a filter wrench to tighten perhaps only 1/8 to 1/4 turn is more than enough. The only gasket involved that is removable and need to be concerned with is on the drain plug and generally it can be re-used. You might pick up a Chilton's or Haynes manual for your truck which is full of good and helpful information, including photos which help to illustrate the lay of the land. Good luck, changing oil and filter is pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it, learning where everything is etc.
^^^^ What he said ^^^^ Make sure that the gasket for the filter does not stay on the engine, it's the filter gasket that you do not want to double gasket. Have fun and let us know how it goes
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I also suggest that you take something like a plastic grocery store bag & wrap it around anything that is below the oil filter, it will be easier to clean up everything when the oil change is completed.

After everything else is done, wipe everything down to clean it up
that way you will be sure to spot any leakage near the plug & filter
WD-40 helps with the clean up, but it tends to attract dirt & dust
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