Oil change procedure
For the 3.8L, the oil filter is right underneath the engine near the front bumper. Really easy to get to. So, this a general procedure which applies to most oil changes as well:
What you need: new oil filter, 6 quarts of 5w20 oil (the vehicle calls for 5, but, it's always helpful to have a bit extra just in case), socket wrench and socket set, a car lift or a jack, jack stands, and wheel chocks, one can of brake clearner, a shop towel, a little bit of time, and a little arm muscle.
***It is best to let the vehicle cool before doing this. Hot oil hurts!!!
1) Open the hood, take the oil cap off and put somewhere where you won't lost it!2) Either put the car on a lift if you have access to one or dot he following: have the vehicle on a level surface, place chocks or something similar behind the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward, jack the car up, place jack stands under secure spots under the vehicle, slowly let the jack down letting the vehicle rest on the jack stands (if you are unsure on where to place jack stands, best to spend a few bucks to have a shop do the oil change).3) Have a large pan or container ready for the oil to drain into.4) Use a socket wrench (I cannot recall the size needed for the Pacificas) to take the drain plug off of the oil pan. Slowly take the drain plug out so you can also make sure the pan is going to catch the oil.5) Let the oil drain for about 5 to 10 minutes and put the drain plug back in. It doesn't need to be Superman tight!!! It needs to be snug. 6) Spray some brake cleaner on the oil pan where there is oil and wipe off with the shop towel. Be very careful not to get brake cleaner in your eyes. It burns. 'Nuff said.7) Now, the oil filter is not at an angle. It's on the engine straight. What this means is when you take it off, it will go down the sides of the filter and down your hand and arm. However, still has to come off. Reposition the oil pan under where the oil filter is. Lefty loosey, righty tighty. 8) Use the brake cleaner to clean the area where the oil filter went. Wipe off with towel. After wiping, some oil will continue to drip. 9) Take some oil and put some in the oil filter, tilt the filter and let it soak up all or most of what you poured in. Also, with your finger, run some oil around the gasket on the oil filter. 10) Put the oil filter back on the vehicle. Remember, this also does not have to be Superman tight, just very snug. The tighter you put it on, it will be that much harder to take it off next time.11) Now, with the oil pan drain plug and oil filter back in place, put the jack underneath the car, jack it up and remove the jack stands, and lower the vehicle down OR lower the car if it is on a lift. 12) Pour in the rest of the quart of oil from the open bottle that you used to pour a little bit of oil in to the filter with and pour in 4 more quarts of oil after that. 13) Pull the dipstick and wipe clean. Put the dipstick back in and pull back out to check the oil level. If a little more oil is needed you should have that extra quart. If needed, put a little more in and recheck.14) Replace oil cap after oil level is correct. 15) Turn on the car and let it idle for about 5 minutes. 16) Recheck the oil level (which there should be no issue with it).
Jan 19, 2012 |
2005 Chrysler Pacifica