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    How Many do their own oil? What's your procedure?

    How Many do their own oil? What's your procedure to get under the car with enough room?


    My car is lowered too, so..?

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    My buddy's 99 SS that he just sold, you couldn't get under with a floorjack, so somebody had to lift up where the t-top was, with their shoulders, in order for the car to clear the jack. At that point, I would let it down when he positioned the jack to the point in which the SFC points were welded.

    This would be right behind where the front fender lips in, and underneath the car. MAKE SURE you do not jack it up from there though!

    Drain plug is on the driver's side, so I always jack up mine from the passenger side. Filter, Oil, 15 mm wrench, and a funnel/filter wrench if you're not good like me JK

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMasterCraft View Post
    My buddy's 99 SS that he just sold, you couldn't get under with a floorjack, so somebody had to lift up where the t-top was, with their shoulders, in order for the car to clear the jack. At that point, I would let it down when he positioned the jack to the point in which the SFC points were welded.

    This would be right behind where the front fender lips in, and underneath the car. MAKE SURE you do not jack it up from there though!

    Drain plug is on the driver's side, so I always jack up mine from the passenger side. Filter, Oil, 15 mm wrench, and a funnel/filter wrench if you're not good like me JK
    well i have a low profile jack that fits under pretty low cars, I was wondering more along the lines of low profile ramps or something?

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    Drive it up on a set of 2x4's. That'll give you enough room to get a jack under there.

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    yeah mines lowered an inch and 3 quarters its a task to get it up on jacks but i always have a low profile jack on the side then jack it up a bit then get a bigger jack on the k member then raise it up that way, always put it on stands though the low profile jack has failed on me before luckily i wasn't under it cause it can kill you pretty easy

    driving it up on two by fours will work pretty easy too, never tried it though.

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    i pull the e-brake, raise both sides, put jack stands under it, remove the jack, crawl under, pull the plug, drain, replace the plug, pull filter, replace filter, lower car, refill

    let it idle a few minutes, then check the level.

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    1) Slightly warm up the engine.. Then shut off and wait ~5 mins for the warm oil to head back to the pan..

    2) Drain oil, and remove the filter. Wiping the filter flange off with a lint free rag..

    3) Add one quart with the drain plug left open to flush the pan..

    4) Clean the opening and plug then install the pan plug..

    5) Oil the new filter seal, fill filter with fresh oil and quickly install..

    6) Fill, double check level, and start it up for a couple of minutes..
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    whats the point off wiping off the filter flange, if you just put oil back on the filter seal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    whats the point off wiping off the filter flange, if you just put oil back on the filter seal
    Um because it's exposed to wheather and gets dirty.

    Any mating surface should be cleaned before an installation.

    You do understand that the filter flange is usually on the engine or a remote right?? Not the filter..
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    3) Add one quart with the drain plug left open to flush the pan.

    That's a new one. First time I ever heard of this. I've changed a lot of oil in my lifetime and have never done this. What oil do you use? So you just basically burn a quart? I would think the fresh filter would be enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth713 View Post
    How Many do their own oil? What's your procedure to get under the car with enough room?


    My car is lowered too, so..?
    I have a set of metal ramps that had optional extensions. Works great for lowered cars. If it's still not enough then I add 2x4's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Um because it's exposed to wheather and gets dirty.

    Any mating surface should be cleaned before an installation.

    You do understand that the filter flange is usually on the engine or a remote right?? Not the filter..
    i assumed you were talking about the mating surface for the filter

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    I drive up on 2X4's to get the extra height I need to get a floor jack under it. My car is lowered on Strano's. I then always use jack stands to secure it before crawling under there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchan View Post
    3) Add one quart with the drain plug left open to flush the pan.

    That's a new one. First time I ever heard of this. I've changed a lot of oil in my lifetime and have never done this. What oil do you use? So you just basically burn a quart? I would think the fresh filter would be enough.
    I've been using Castrol GTX for about 20 years now.. Yup you are just burning one quart too.. Just something I do to push out any sediment..

    *A fresh filter might be good enough, dunno, I can't see in there..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    I've been using Castrol GTX for about 20 years now.. Yup you are just burning one quart too.. Just something I do to push out any sediment..

    *A fresh filter might be good enough, dunno, I can't see in there..
    old ass....ive only been around 20 years

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    1. Drink a beer
    2. Drive car up on 2x12
    3. Drink a beer
    4. Use small jack under frame rail to lift car a few inches
    5. Drink a beer
    6. Put low profile jack under K-member and raise
    7. Drink a beer
    8. Put jack stands under car
    9. Drink a beer
    10. Get oil, filter, rags, and filter wrench ready to go
    11. Drink a beer
    12. Remove oil drain plug
    13. Drink a beer
    14. Drink a beer
    15. Drink a beer
    16. Remove filter
    17. Drink a beer
    18. Put drain plug in and new oil filter on
    19. Drink a beer
    20. Put oil in car
    21. Drink a beer
    22. Get car off stands and back onto ground
    23. Ask wife to drive to store to get more beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    1. Drink a beer
    2. Drive car up on 2x12
    3. Drink a beer
    4. Use small jack under frame rail to lift car a few inches
    5. Drink a beer
    6. Put low profile jack under K-member and raise
    7. Drink a beer
    8. Put jack stands under car
    9. Drink a beer
    10. Get oil, filter, rags, and filter wrench ready to go
    11. Drink a beer
    12. Remove oil drain plug
    13. Drink a beer
    14. Drink a beer
    15. Drink a beer
    16. Remove filter
    17. Drink a beer
    18. Put drain plug in and new oil filter on
    19. Drink a beer
    20. Put oil in car
    21. Drink a beer
    22. Get car off stands and back onto ground
    23. Ask wife to drive to store to get more beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    1. Drink a beer
    2. Drive car up on 2x12
    3. Drink a beer
    4. Use small jack under frame rail to lift car a few inches
    5. Drink a beer
    6. Put low profile jack under K-member and raise
    7. Drink a beer
    8. Put jack stands under car
    9. Drink a beer
    10. Get oil, filter, rags, and filter wrench ready to go
    11. Drink a beer
    12. Remove oil drain plug
    13. Drink a beer
    14. Drink a beer
    15. Drink a beer
    16. Remove filter
    17. Drink a beer
    18. Put drain plug in and new oil filter on
    19. Drink a beer
    20. Put oil in car
    21. Drink a beer
    22. Get car off stands and back onto ground
    23. Ask wife to drive to store to get more beer.
    And THAT is how you polish off a 12 pack.

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    make sure she is nice and warm the oil flows good. put it on my lift let it drain for 45 minutes or so. brake clean the filter flange. fill my pf61e with new oil and put her all back together. fill with oil, start it and left oil pressure build up. kill it and check level. then she done. then i print me out a snazzy lil oil reminder tag

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    1. Drink a beer
    2. Drive car up on 2x12
    3. Drink a beer
    4. Use small jack under frame rail to lift car a few inches
    5. Drink a beer
    6. Put low profile jack under K-member and raise
    7. Drink a beer
    8. Put jack stands under car
    9. Drink a beer
    10. Get oil, filter, rags, and filter wrench ready to go
    11. Drink a beer
    12. Remove oil drain plug
    13. Drink a beer
    14. Drink a beer
    15. Drink a beer
    16. Remove filter
    17. Drink a beer
    18. Put drain plug in and new oil filter on
    19. Drink a beer
    20. Put oil in car
    21. Drink a beer
    22. Get car off stands and back onto ground
    23. Ask wife to drive to store to get more beer.
    You only jack up the center of the car from the front? Where is it safe to jack under the front of the car?

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