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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.
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Originally Posted by SnoopySV View Post
Ive found the easiest and cleanist way to change the oil is to just remove the entire skid plate.
But why? It's not necessary and just adds more steps to a simple oil change...


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I use a small funnel in the filter opening and never have a mess

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Originally Posted by JeniorNV View Post
But why? It's not necessary and just adds more steps to a simple oil change...
Because you will not get any oil on skid plate and its easier to clean around filter area with brake cleaner. This is just my opinion. I dont want any oil residue anywhere after a oil change.

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Oil changes on this truck seems easy enough. Don't know what the gripe is all about.

The "reach around" is the trick.

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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.

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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.

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I usually take the skid off and use a paper plate folded under the filter. But now I want to try the soda bottle

The K&N filter has a 1" nut, so that's covered. But getting the filtermags off is a pain.

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Originally Posted by crzycrkr View Post
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.

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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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