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    I going to be changeing my oil soon and i just bought some ramps for when i work under the car and what not but when i change my oil and its on the ramps will all the oil come out or do i have to jack up the back of the car.
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    Most of the oil will come out. You'll probably have a tiny bit "stuck in the corner" of your oil pan towards the back.

    I just put the driver's side front up on jack stands, just enough to give me working room. That tilts the car in the direction of the drain plug, so I think I get most of it out.
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    The oil plug is on the back of the pan, just drive it up and pull the plug, there is still oil old oil in the pump and turbo lines so all the oil never comes out anyways.

    Just be sure to prime the new oil filter with oil before you put it on. Put the rest of 4 quarts in, back it off the ramps onto level ground, shut off car, and check oil level and add accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afbluesv1k View Post
    The oil plug is on the back of the pan, just drive it up and pull the plug,
    "back of the pan"? Mine's on the passenger side of the pan. Your point is valid, though, a DIY oil change isn't going to get it all out of there.
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    Thanks for the input
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    "back of the pan"? Mine's on the passenger side of the pan. Your point is valid, though, a DIY oil change isn't going to get it all out of there.
    What kind of oil change is going to get all of the oil out? None of the instant oil change places do anything more than what we would do in our own garages. Nor would any other general mechanic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrell View Post
    What kind of oil change is going to get all of the oil out? None of the instant oil change places do anything more than what we would do in our own garages. Nor would any other general mechanic.
    I believe that there are some devices that actually "suck" the oil out, and I didn't know if perhaps they got more out.

    As stated, though, there's bound to be oil left in the lines and pump that's just going to be there no matter what. Nothing to get excited about.
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    You guys use a ramp?
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    Just got finished doing mine this morning along with changing the IC hoses to Perrin silicone ones. I use ramps and have no problems at all. Just a pain to get the splash shield off to get to eveything.
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    it is not neccessary to jack up the car at all to do an oil change just do it on level ground and you should be fine.

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    ^yeah but if your car is lowered it may be a bit hard to stick your head under the car and take off the skid plate and access the drain plug and filter..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFugitiveMind View Post
    ^yeah but if your car is lowered it may be a bit hard to stick your head under the car and take off the skid plate and access the drain plug and filter..........
    Yep, the lowered car thing is the only reason why I jackstand one side up a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    "back of the pan"? Mine's on the passenger side of the pan. Your point is valid, though, a DIY oil change isn't going to get it all out of there.
    Well ok rear of passenger side, mine is an 02 sedan. As far as ramps, black poly/plastic ramps from the auto store work great. Done in 10-15 mins.

    As far as oil in the motor, the oil in the pan, and filter is where all the contaminates go, so the 1/2 quart of lost oil in the motor will be displaced at a rate of 9:1 so it wont hurt it to stay in there. Any method of trying to remove all the oil will cause more of a problem with the pump, and turbo not being primed on initial startup.

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    my car is lowered thats why l bought some ramps, last time i change my oil it sucked trying to get to everything. But i was just thinking that if the car wasent level i might not get all the oil out of the pan.
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