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Old 09-04-2012, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DIY oil change question

Planning on doing oil change on MDX. I'll be doing the suction method so I won't be jacking up my car. My question is: can i access the oil filter without jacking up the car or can it be access via turning the wheel all the way in?

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Yes you can do it without jacking it. Check this guy out
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why the suction method? How can that method get out the crud at the bottom? You can easily reach the plug without jacking the MDX up.
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Why the suction method? How can that method get out the crud at the bottom? You can easily reach the plug without jacking the MDX up.
Agreed. I changed mine in about 40 min the other day, 10 min of the time was spent waiting on it to drain. Just crawled under, unscrewed, let it drain, swap out the filter, and refill.
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Man after watching that video I might as well drain since it such a mess...

I usually use suction because of my other car (which is a benz) and if there are any other benz owners here, taking apart the spalsh guards is a huge hassle. I know the drain method has its pro over suction but sometime i'm just too lazy :/ Guess i'll just drain the MDX cause of the mess...unless I forget to buy a new washer.
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I used to use an oil extractor on my previous two Benz as well. Most of the guys in that forum did the same, in fact some service departments use that method on German makes. But since it's easy enough to reach the drain plug on the MDX then I'll drain from there as well.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Why the suction method? How can that method get out the crud at the bottom? You can easily reach the plug without jacking the MDX up.
Absolutely agree. I am not a small guy (6' 235lbs) and I have no problem just getting on the pavement and unscrewing the drain plug. Simple.

For the filter, just turn the wheels to the right. The filter is right there. I find it easiest if I sit on a short stool while changing the filter.

If I can do this at my age you should have no problem.

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I've done a few oil changes when I was younger, but I think this guy in the video over tightened the nut. But great video overall for anyone looking to save some dough and try it on their own.
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I've done a few oil changes when I was younger, but I think this guy in the video over tightened the nut. But great video overall for anyone looking to save some dough and try it on their own.
No Kidding, I was waiting for him to strip it. I dont even use a new washer all of the time. I've never had a leak when i just hand tighten it (my torque wrench cant get to the bolt easily if its not jacked up).
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I used to change the oil on my 04 mdx myself. Just turn the wheel to the right and unscrew the bolt.

There is a Jiffy lube down the street and for less then $10 more I don't have to deal with buying/returning the oil. You just have to say no when they hit you for the unnecessary maintenance recommendations (which they try every time). I go early on a weekend and I'm out of there in 15 minutes

I guess if you do it yourself you get the benifit of installing the filte/oil type you prefer
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Want to make it really easy? Fumoto Qwik Valve.

I got the one with the nipple and rubber hose attachment, straight into the catch can, zero spillage, no messing with a wrench to get the drain plug off and on.
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Want to make it really easy? Fumoto Qwik Valve.

I got the one with the nipple and rubber hose attachment, straight into the catch can, zero spillage, no messing with a wrench to get the drain plug off and on.
Next oil change I am getting the Qwik valve on the X and the Accord.
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Want to make it really easy? Fumoto Qwik Valve.

I got the one with the nipple and rubber hose attachment, straight into the catch can, zero spillage, no messing with a wrench to get the drain plug off and on.
I always wonder if those things leak. Now i just need any easy and mess free way to do the filter. anyone have a special way they do it?
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I always wonder if those things leak. Now i just need any easy and mess free way to do the filter. anyone have a special way they do it?
Yeah, that does suck that once you start loosening some oil drains from it onto your hand. Maybe wrap a plastic bag around the filter, and then turn it?
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I just did mine this past weekend, I switched to synthetic and cleaning up was the hardest part. I didn't have a closed oil pan collecting the old oil and had to put oil back in the gallon to take to recycling. It was hot and humid and after I was done I had second thoughts about doing it again. Now that it is done with, I can't wait to do it again.
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