I just punch a hole in the filter and let the oil drain into the catch pan, before I even get to the oil pan drain bolt.
... oil change hell is, when you discover that after you drained the oil. The new oil you just baught, is actually used. Where some sneaky guy, put his old oil back in the new bottles and retuned it. Thats when a second vehicle comes in handy.
Oil change hell is a 30mph wind gust just as the oil plug falls from the pan.
That was the last one I did myself. The others have been free at the dealer.
Next time I'm using the garage.
2008 SE 4WD, Crew Cab, Long Bed; Leer 180 Cap, 2" Receiver hitch, Trailer wiring in bumper. Cooper 245/75/16 M&S (Winter). Cooper 265/75R16 ATP (Summer). Full set of Hefty skids, TJM Coilover w/HD spring, SPC upper control arms and 2" rear add a leaf plus 1" block. TJM extended travel rear shocks. Pyle backup camera wired to a Pioneer radio.
Just did my first oil change on the Frontier yesterday. I knew that most factory filters are on pretty tight so I bought a vice grip style filter wrench from Harbor Freight for about $7. I took out the 10mm bolts at the rear of the belly pan that screw into the cross member and it was able to drop down a few inches. That gave me plenty of room to get the wrench in from the pass. side. Got the filter off with a lot less hassle than I expected.
The wrench I used http://www.harborfreight.com/locking...nch-66568.html
made sure to grip it near the end of the filter to keep the filter from collapsing.
Last edited by FrontierTCB; 11-20-2012 at 04:37 PM.
I can't believe people here are still complaining about the oil changes, lol. As others have said, it's very simple. Just reach around the side of the skid plate. I use a cut soda bottle on top of the drain slide to extend it a little so no oil goes in the skid. Simple and takes no longer than any other vehicle
It's simple, just makes a bigger mess than it should and some simple design changes would make it much neater. Than again it could be worse.
Oil change is not that bad at all in my opinion. Alot easier then having to reach in the fenderwell of my old 1st gen 4 cylinder. I can usually put a death grip on the filter with my hand and spin the filter off without needing a wench (advantage of small hand I guess, heh). The excess oil is a pain to clean off everything, but I normally keep a cheap can of brake clean around to spray off the skids, no problem.
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