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Old 03-15-2004, 12:11 PM   #1
dtesta
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Default Oil Change

My Baja is due for it's first oil change. Messy job that I hate to do but I hate the whole drop it off or wait in line for a 15 minute job routine even worse so I try to do my own changes. Has anyone done this before? How much hassle is it? How about synthetic oil? Is it worth it?

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Old 03-15-2004, 01:30 PM   #2
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Dyno/synth issue is probably personal preference for the most part. I'll stick to dyno and change it frequently.

Aside from that, if you have never done it before, I suggest you take off the undercarriage, in order not to spill a large quantity of oil (I surely made a mess, and I've been changing oil myself for 5 years). That little hatch ain't cut it. Also, be careful not to damage the water hose that goes into the engine, next to oil filter. Some FXT owners have damaged the hose and caused leakage. I still had to lift up my car, even with 8.4 inches of ground clearance.

It's a PITA, but makes the relationship more intimate
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Old 03-15-2004, 06:36 PM   #3
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I've always done my own oil changes, and on any of my newer cars I've always used Mobil 1 10W30 synthetic. Granted, on an 8 quart engine it costs about $40 to do it myself, so imagine what that would cost if I paid someone. To do it on yours, it should be under $30 with synthetic. Once you figure out the best way to drain the oil (skid plate dodging, oil splash avoidance) and how to fenangle the filter on and off without torching your hands, it's not bad and only takes 10 min or so. It's a learning process, but also gives you a reason to look over your car underneath and underhood. Just good practice I think.
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Old 03-22-2004, 12:22 PM   #4
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Oil changes on the Baja are really quite simple. The owner's manual shows you how to remove the undercarriage port to access the filter and oil pan. The filter is very easy to access from underneath as is the oil pan itself, although both are a bit far back from the front of the car.

Two pieces of advice:
1. Spend $6 and get a plastic used oil pan with an internal reservoir. The one I bought holds 15 quarts (almost 3 oil changes) and has plugs to ensure no spillage. Your local auto parts store can dispose of the oil for you. It is MUCH neater.
2. Try lying a length of 2x4 underneath each of your front tires. The couple of inches extra on height should be plenty enough to get underneath and perform the change.
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Old 03-22-2004, 09:21 PM   #5
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Default Thank's for the input..

Looks like a good weekend project.
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