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    '06 versus '02 oil change

    Changed my oil for the first time this weekend on my '06 and found it was a lot different then my '02. They've added a ton of plastic shielding to the bottom, and it's pretty much impossible to drain it without getting it on the top side of all the shielding. That made for a nice mess that I had to clean up. The '02 was much easier. Also, the filter is impossible to get to with an extension and filter wrench. I had to use no extension and kind of maneuver the wrench with my hand through one of the access holes. What a pain. The filter changed from small import filter to garden tractor small. My 1400 cc motorcycle has a bigger filter.

    Anyone remove the shield when changing the oil? I was tempted to do so, but I figure next time around I'll be that much better at doing it. Plus, the filter won't be on as tightly as it was from the factory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert46123 View Post
    Changed my oil for the first time this weekend on my '06 and found it was a lot different then my '02. They've added a ton of plastic shielding to the bottom, and it's pretty much impossible to drain it without getting it on the top side of all the shielding. That made for a nice mess that I had to clean up. The '02 was much easier. Also, the filter is impossible to get to with an extension and filter wrench. I had to use no extension and kind of maneuver the wrench with my hand through one of the access holes. What a pain. The filter changed from small import filter to garden tractor small. My 1400 cc motorcycle has a bigger filter.

    Anyone remove the shield when changing the oil? I was tempted to do so, but I figure next time around I'll be that much better at doing it. Plus, the filter won't be on as tightly as it was from the factory.
    i take it off each time !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rr1911 View Post
    i take it off each time !!
    How much time have you gotten the R&R down to?
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    It had to be removed the first time on my car. The dealer had the filter on insanely tight, there was no way around it. 2nd time didn't have to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rr1911 View Post
    i take it off each time !!
    +1. Take the extra few minutes and take the plastic shield off. There is a lot less mess and you have easy open access to the oil filter. The entire process typically takes me about +/- 30 minutes. The first time I changed the oil, the filter was on really @#$%^#$ tight from the factory and I had no problems after I removed the shield.

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    I got the whole job down to 7 minutes, but it helps when you can use a lift.

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    The filter is a major PITA!
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