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Oil Change ?

Since it's my first time doing an oil change. Do you have to jack up the car to do the service?
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Personal preference, you have enough room to do the oil change without raising the vehicle and safely securing it on JACK STANDS, or good quality and in condition RAMPS, but its on the tight side.

I change the oil in my Commander (3.7L) with it just parked on level ground, and I'm a lot bigger than the average guy. Makes it tougher to get under it, but I have longer arms to reach. It is a bit of stretch and you do have to lay on the ground to do it.

BTW, people do kill themselves all the time getting under a vehicle that is just supported by a floor jack or tire changing jack, secure it properly. I had a guy kill himself a couple blocks from me, changing oil using the tire changing jack.

The Commander has less ground clearance than other Jeeps, my '95 Cherokee (XK), its a total waste of time raising the vehicle for an oil change, there is more than enough room.


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You don't have to but you probably should if you can.
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Ditto what Mongo said, better to be safe than sorry. If there is enough room why add the hazard?

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Thanks all. I 'll give it a try this weekend without jacking it up. I know I can easly remove the oil filter. I don't know where the hell the oil plug is. I took a quick look the other day and figured it was somewhere under one of the openings in the skid plate.
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.... one of the reasons I miss my silverado that had 8" of lift and 37" tires... I was able to sit under that thing with a chair to do my fluid changes!

I do my oil changes and tire rotation at the same time... so I Jack my whole vehicle up and support it with 4 (3ton each) Jack stands. While the oil is draining I rotate the tires and inspect the brakes/bushing/joints/etc/etc. For some added safety I throw the Jack under one of the crossmembers near where I'm working.... figure is something odd like a minor earthquake hits and shakes the vehicle off the stands ill be a bit safer with the Jack next to me (I know... no earthquakes in NJ... just an example )

Edit: correction, I use the 6-ton Jack stands. They have a wider base and are taller... the 3-ton ones are tiny and don't give me a very secure feeling when "extended" to get the vehicle off the ground. Only need to go up 3-4 notches on the 6 ton ones.

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Thanks all. I 'll give it a try this weekend without jacking it up. I know I can easly remove the oil filter. I don't know where the hell the oil plug is. I took a quick look the other day and figured it was somewhere under one of the openings in the skid plate.
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Well I just finished my oil change and found no need to jack up the jeep. The oil filter has very easy access - removing and replacing. The drain plug through the skid plate was also easy to access. I did make a little mess on my driveway but will pickup some driveway cleaner at Home Depot. From start to finish took a half hour. Much better than dropping off at the dealership and waiting the whole day.
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Well I just finished my oil change and found no need to jack up the jeep. The oil filter has very easy access - removing and replacing. The drain plug through the skid plate was also easy to access. I did make a little mess on my driveway but will pickup some driveway cleaner at Home Depot. From start to finish took a half hour. Much better than dropping off at the dealership and waiting the whole day.
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My 98 XJ I could just get right under the Jeep, no raising necessary. As someone else said, the Commander has less room underneath so I put it up on ramps and chock the back wheels.

I think I'm going to invest in one of those drain plug/valves because the first couple of times I did it, I didn't take off the plastic skid plate, oil everywhere out the back. The most recent time I took the skid plate off and broke one of the bolts getting it off. It was on ridiculously tight. I'd rather not have to take the plate off every time, but I don't want to make a mess with the skid plate on.

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