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    Changing Oil On My 2007 Grand Caravan

    I just bought a used 2007 Grand Caravan with a 3.8L V6. I usually change my own oil, but on some cars, it's almost impossible because you can't get your hand into the wierd places they put the Oil Filter in.

    Is changing the Oil filter on the 3.8L engine an easy job on my 2007 Grand Caravan with the 3.8L?

    Please let me know, because I too don't like taking my car to a mechanic to have it's oil changed. I already had one guy strip my oil pan, and that was an expensive repair. I know I could do a better job myself if I can just get to the filter.

    Also, should I torque my oil drain plug?

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    From Mike D'Amico
    Palm Bay, Florida

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    well if the 07 3.8l is like the 00 3.3l, which have the same block, it should be fairly simple, right up front with in easy reach, and no don't torque your oil drain plug, snug should be good, and hand tight with the oil filter.
    Im 24 and my parents own a 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT (1.8l 74k miles 5spd), a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT(3.8l 41TE 106k miles), a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser ((which is mine) 2.4l 115k miles 41TE), 2000 Ford Mustang base (3.8l, 4 spd auto 26k miles), and a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport(sold @ 122337 miles)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdamico View Post
    I just bought a used 2007 Grand Caravan with a 3.8L V6. I usually change my own oil, but on some cars, it's almost impossible because you can't get your hand into the wierd places they put the Oil Filter in.

    Is changing the Oil filter on the 3.8L engine an easy job on my 2007 Grand Caravan with the 3.8L?

    Please let me know, because I too don't like taking my car to a mechanic to have it's oil changed. I already had one guy strip my oil pan, and that was an expensive repair. I know I could do a better job myself if I can just get to the filter.

    Also, should I torque my oil drain plug?

    Thanks!
    From Mike D'Amico
    Palm Bay, Florida
    The oil filter on the 2007 is pretty easy to replace. It's a perfectly vertical mount right up on the front side of the engine and behind the radiator area. I do recommend that you buy a standard size oil filter wrench (if you don't already have one), and I've found that by using the longer Motorcraft FL-1A, Bosch 3500, Mobil 1 M1-301, or Napa Gold 1515 filters, it is easier to get the wrench around the filter and remove it. Keep in mind that if you go with the longer filter, you'll need to add almost an extra half quart of oil during your oil changes (i.e. nearly 5.5 quarts).

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    VERY easy to do. Perhaps the easiest oil change you'll ever do. The filter sticks straight down in front of the engine...very easy to get at. Ramps makes it easier, but you don't really even need that.
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    My 2007 oil filter is very easy and as Shipo & Jason mentioned is mounted vertically which means less spill when removing and easier to prefill and install. Unfortunately when the oil pan plug is removed the oil initially shoots out onto the suspension plate behind the engine oil pan and makes a mess on mine with the 3.3L engine. Solution is to use a magnet holding a tin can deflector on the suspension plate that defects the oil down to the used oil container and keeps the suspension plate clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flavife View Post
    My 2007 oil filter is very easy and as Shipo & Jason mentioned is mounted vertically which means less spill when removing and easier to prefill and install. Unfortunately when the oil pan plug is removed the oil initially shoots out onto the suspension plate behind the engine oil pan and makes a mess on mine with the 3.3L engine. Solution is to use a magnet holding a tin can deflector on the suspension plate that defects the oil down to the used oil container and keeps the suspension plate clean.

    Frank
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    I use an oil extraction device for all of our cars. Geez, I haven't pulled a drain plug in years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shipo View Post
    I use an oil extraction device for all of our cars. Geez, I haven't pulled a drain plug in years.
    I also have a Pela fluid extractor that I use mainly for the transmission and the garden power equipment. Since the van is up on the ramps to change the filter I remove the oil pan plug. I agree with you that is cleaner and easier to use the oil extractor. The angled filter on the 99 is much more messier to change than the vertical filter on the 07. On the 99, I use a deflector sheet held magnetically to the engine block to prevent the oil from running down the side of the engine, whereas it is not needed on the 07. I have noticed now that my local Walmart is finally carrying the Mobil 0-40W that you use. Do you know if it comes in a typical 5 qt jug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flavife View Post
    I also have a Pela fluid extractor that I use mainly for the transmission and the garden power equipment. Since the van is up on the ramps to change the filter I remove the oil pan plug. I agree with you that is cleaner and easier to use the oil extractor. The angled filter on the 99 is much more messier to change than the vertical filter on the 07. On the 99, I use a deflector sheet held magnetically to the engine block to prevent the oil from running down the side of the engine, whereas it is not needed on the 07. I have noticed now that my local Walmart is finally carrying the Mobil 0-40W that you use. Do you know if it comes in a typical 5 qt jug?

    Frank
    99 DGC Sport with 118100 mi & ATF+4
    07 T&C SWB with 7500 mi
    I've seen 0W-40 Mobil 1 in large jugs in Europe (don't know the volume), however, I don't think I've ever seen one over on this side of the pond.
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    I use a Fumoto valve with the nipple on it. Drains much easier.
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    Nobody has said this, so I will.

    It's easy, but messy. No way to avoid getting oil on your hand, because since the filter is mounted vertically, the oil trickles down the side of it when it's loosened.
    Michael
    Centreville, VA
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