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Old 04-06-2013, 05:23 PM
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So I've decided to do my own oil changes on my 2012 Ram, used to do them all the time on my jeep, and must say whoever thought of putting the oil filter where it is should be fired. Any tips on how not to get oil all over the crossmember when changing it? I just put a rag there, but that was after I had already taken the sucker out...and there was definately more oil in there than I remember my other vehicles having after draining it.
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It's a PITA, but I switched to the Fram XG 16 filter and use Penzoil Platinum 5W20 and change at 10,000 miles. I used to change at 5,000 mile intervals. Especially like the hot oil dripping off my elbow while changing. Never thought I'd endorse a Fram filter, but the XG is a 10,000 mi rated filter and the oil does stay cleaner. You might buy a cheap rain coat to wear for changing oil, my wife is not impressed when I come in drenched in used oil.
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Pull the bolt on your pan and empty your oil, take an ICE pic or whatever pointy metal screw driver you got and make 2 holes in the bottom of the filter, in opposite locations, i.e. one at the lowest part of the bottom of the Filter and one at the top area of the bottom of the filter. (hope that makes sense), the oil will now empty itself from the filter and run down the plastic tray just below. Once empty, loosen the filter, place a plastic bag over the filter and unscrew and remove, clean the area of the filter up and the plastic tray, also make sure your rubber seal has come off with your filter. put a little oil on the new filter rubber gasket and install the new filter. Fill your oil to capacity. Done
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Pull the bolt on your pan and empty your oil, take an ICE pic or whatever pointy metal screw driver you got and make 2 holes in the bottom of the filter, in opposite locations, i.e. one at the lowest part of the bottom of the Filter and one at the top area of the bottom of the filter. (hope that makes sense), the oil will now empty itself from the filter and run down the plastic tray just below. Once empty, loosen the filter, place a plastic bag over the filter and unscrew and remove, clean the area of the filter up and the plastic tray, also make sure your rubber seal has come off with your filter. put a little oil on the new filter rubber gasket and install the new filter. Fill your oil to capacity. Done
Asur, you make it sound so simple...
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I took a one foot by one foot piece of cardboard and bent it in the middle, I hold it under the drain and it guides the oil to the drain pan without making a mess.
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Pull the bolt on your pan and empty your oil, take an ICE pic or whatever pointy metal screw driver you got and make 2 holes in the bottom of the filter, in opposite locations, i.e. one at the lowest part of the bottom of the Filter and one at the top area of the bottom of the filter. (hope that makes sense), the oil will now empty itself from the filter and run down the plastic tray just below. Once empty, loosen the filter, place a plastic bag over the filter and unscrew and remove, clean the area of the filter up and the plastic tray, also make sure your rubber seal has come off with your filter. put a little oil on the new filter rubber gasket and install the new filter. Fill your oil to capacity. Done
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I took a one foot by one foot piece of cardboard and bent it in the middle, I hold it under the drain and it guides the oil to the drain pan without making a mess.
Very good ideas why didn't I think of this ? I will remember this next time I do an oil change!

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A Kroger 1/2 gallon ice cream bucket also works great. It will sit on the RP as filter drains in it, you never touch the hot oil.
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Do an oil change on a Jeep liberty or Dodge Nitro and you will forget all about firing that RAM oil filter guy...
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