I know that for many of us, this might be our first car that we want to mess with.
I also know that some of us may have never twisted a wrench before and are maybe embarassed to ask the simple questions.
I hope that this helps get some started down the path of grease...
Oil change. 2008 Magnum STX
Here are the tools that you will need.
I used a socket wrench, a 10mm socket and a 13mm socket. Using the extension makes taking the mud plates off a bit easier. Notice that there is no oil filter wrench. My existing one was too small so, a pair of gloves and good old fashioned forearm muscle took care of it however, I suggest using one.
Out with the old, and in with the new. I wanted to switch to synthetic. I actually wanted to go with Royal Purple but, Dodge informed me that RP would void my warrantee. Mobile 1 however, will not void it. Six quarts in a V6? Notice the disposable gloves. Highly recommended.
Step one is to remove this cover. This is done with four 10MM bolts. Two In the back…
And two more in the front.
With those out of the way, we can see the drain plug and the oil filter.
A 13MM socket is used for the drain plug. (( PRO TIP ))
make sure that you have something to block the hole in the oil catcher so that the bolt does not fall all the way down. I have a piece of heavy duty screen but, even a paper towel will work. Also, because the drain hole is at a 90 degree angle, the oil WILL shoot straight out about a foot so, make whatever adjustments needed.
With the oil drained and the plug replaced, we removed the old filter. Here, Tiffany, (the cars owner) is running a thin bit of oil on the oil filter gasket. This is important to make sure that it does not leak.
I did not get a shot of this but, is simply spins back on and it is hand tight. No need to crank it down.
The covers go back on the same way that they came off.
I ran out of room on the thread but, while I was under the car, I noticed both mud guards were damaged. Seeing that this is a 5 day old Carmax car, they were able to order me new ones.
Yep... Both mud guards are broken. Carmax is going to replace them for free but, if this went to Jiffy lube, I doubt they would have informed me of this issue.
With the car back on the ground, we can remove the oil fill cap. This is located next to the air filter on the driver’s side front.
The funnel comes in handy at this point…
Put the cap back on, warm it up, check the level and thats it.