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I am going to change oil/ filter for the 1st time---I don't want to pay the service dept my entire savings. How do you get to the Oil drain plug???
Also, what is the best way to get to the filter? I have tried to drive onto some ramps and they keep moving!!!!! AAAARRRGHHHH!!!!
Some body please help me!!!!!!!!:pat:
 

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I guess it depends on the type of ramp you're using and the floor surface it's slipping on. If the ramp is anything like those I've used in the past, the legs tend to slip on bare concrete floors. You can try using a piece of plywood under it to preven that. The little teeth need to bite into the wood. Make sure to have someone guide you onto the ramp.

Once you remove the belly pan you'll be able to see everything plainly, ie where the drain plug and filter are. If this is the FIRST time the filter has been off beware that from the factory these things are on very tightly!!!

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I have the Rhino Ramps from Walmart, and they slipped out from under
the car a few times because my garage floor is bare concrete!!

Let me tell you, the first time that happened, and the front of the car
dropped all of the sudden, I thought I had driven off the end of the ramps!!

Talk about freaking out!!

What I did was I bought a sheet of that rubber drawer stuff with the little
rubber nubs that you can put into drawers and tool boxes to keep the stuff
in there from sliding around.

I cut the sheets up into two pieces that fit under the ramps, and that has
helped them have some grip so they won't slip out again.

Jim
 

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Thanks Guys!!----If I understand you correctly, the filter is located under that dog bonr looking 4 bolt cross bar!!!!???!!!
 

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Once you get the car up on the ramps, or on some jacket stands, you
will see there is large plastic "belly pan" that is held on with 4 10MM bolts.
The bellypan is about 2 feet deep by about 3.5 feet wide. It covers the entire
bottom of the engine. Its made of plastic, and weighs about 3 pounds or so.

The 4 bolts have labels on them as "1", "2". "3" and "4", with arrows
pointing to each one.

You have to take these 4 bolts off, and slide the plastic bellypan back about
an inch to remove it from two tabs at the front part of it.

Once you have that removed, you can now see the entire bottom of your
engine, and the oil filter is on the passenger side, pointing straight down.

The best oil filter wrench to buy is called a "cup wrench", and it fits over
the end of the oil filter where all the little flat areas are.

You then use a ratchet wrench extension that fits into a square hole in
the filter cup wrench to loosen the old filter.

If this is the first time for an oil change for your car, be aware that the
factory puts the original filter on VERY tight, and it may take some doing to
get it off.

Once its off, and the oil has drained from the filter mounting location, check
to make sure that the old rubber o-ring from the original filter has not gotten
stuck up there.

If it is, and you put a new filter on the engine, you WILL get an oil leak!!
So make sure that old rubber o-ring is still on the old filter when you take
it off!!

I don't use a cup wrench on my 300C, but I use the old style metal strap
type wrench, only because I have changed the oil on all my cars over the last
25 years, and I have a few sizes of them, and I can get the proper sized one
to fit over my filters by putting the handle part of the wrench twards the
passenger side wheel well.

But the cup type wrench is much easier to use, and if I was not so cheap,
and already had the old style wrenches, I would get one for myself.

Also, make sure you have a pan that is at LEAST a 8 quart capacity, and
10 quart or more to be safe if you can find one.

Why? Because our engines use 7 quarts of oil, and a catch pan that will
only hold 8 quarts invites some nice spills when pull it out from under the
car if your not really, really careful!! A 10 quart pan is great, because it
gives you some slop room for the oil.

Also, get yourself a nice large oil spout to fit into the engine oil filler hole.
This will let you pour the oil in, and rest the oil container in it and not make
a mess versus trying to hold the quarts of new oil over the hole and possibly
making a mess by pouring the oil all over the place.

Jim
 

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Thanks CJ7VFR------I found it!!!!! That's not to bad to get to!!!! Much appreciation for all of your assistance. I bought a cup wrench and it fits. I really appreciate this forum. I have learned alot.

Thanks again!!!!
 

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CJ7VFR,
Those are awesome instructions. Thanks for helping Steel Streak to have a successful first oil change!

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As a note, I've found that the hemis are slow bleeders when it comes to last 0.5-1 quart/liter. Give it some time to get all out otherwise youll find more oil in the car then needed when you put 7 quarts in. Twice Ive only had to add 6.5 quarts because I didnt give enough time to drain. (first time was 30 mins). When I had it changed at the dealership during the winter the service guy agreed that they were slow bleeders.
 

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I have to be honest here, but my days of changing my own oil are definately a thing of the past. Over the years I grew tired of the mess and especially storing and getting rid of the old oil to save a few bucks.

Many places will allow you to bring in your own oil and filter and do the change for labour only. I honestly think that's the way to go. Just make sure you can visually watch what goes in. If it weren't for the fact my changes are part of my warranty that's what I'd be doing.

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Agreed it is messy. During the winter I have it changed at the dealership with my oil. But during the spring, summer and fall I change it at home. Gives me a chance to bond with my car :grouphug:. Also I look other things over to make sure everything is where it should be. Once I found 5 bolts missing from the oil pan. Oil change before that was at a dealership (2-3 months prior). Some must have been missing when they changed it but they just didnt look.
 
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