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Default 2013 Mustang GT oil change, how to?

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I have been a DIY for oil changes for a long time, mostly trucks though, where the oil filter and plug are easily accessible. I personally don't trust oil changes by shops based on bad experiences. Case in point, twice I brought this car to the dealer and when I checked the level back home it was 1 qt short!

Looking under the GT though looks a bit intimidating, especially considering the car is very low and I don't have a lift, just a jack and stands. Any advice from other DIY's? Is there a crossmember easily located for the jack? It looks like I need to remove a plate under the engine, oil plug(s) and filter easy to locate? Any special tools? I searched this forum, the general oil change tutorial I found is not directed at this car.
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Here's a you tube video. I haven't watched it but I use a pair of ramps
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You don't need any special tools and it is actually really easy. I also used a ramp.

Take a look at this how to:

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...ervations.html
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Pretty easy, just takes a little special handling of the filter to keep from making a mess. Drain plug is perfectly located, right in the middle at the back of the pan sump. The under engine cover comes loose easily and swings back out of the way.

Also, need to make sure your drain pan is large enough to hold 8 quarts of old oil, almost made that mistake but remembered in time.
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Pretty easy, just takes a little special handling of the filter to keep from making a mess. Drain plug is perfectly located, right in the middle at the back of the pan sump. The under engine cover comes loose easily and swings back out of the way.

Also, need to make sure your drain pan is large enough to hold 8 quarts of old oil, almost made that mistake but remembered in time.
Tip to keep from making a mess with the filter is to use a zip lock freezer bag. Just break the filter free, then put the bag all the way over the filter to the block and finish removing the filter inside the bag. No mess
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^^^^
Excellent advise! I'll be using your suggestion.

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Tip to keep from making a mess with the filter is to use a zip lock freezer bag. Just break the filter free, then put the bag all the way over the filter to the block and finish removing the filter inside the bag. No mess
Yep I picked up on this tip before my first oil change. I will have to say though after changing the oil in all the different vehicles I've had over the years, this car is by FAR the biggest PITA to do. Hard to get filter off, hard to get filter on, hard not to spill any oil, hard to check oil (if you have a strut tower brace), hard to get a good reading on oil. That is all. I just did my third one yesterday on my car and I have a blister from getting the filter off (my buddy had my oil filter wrench) and couldn't tell where the oil was on the stick for a while but i'm good now.
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Tip to keep from making a mess with the filter is to use a zip lock freezer bag. Just break the filter free, then put the bag all the way over the filter to the block and finish removing the filter inside the bag. No mess
Even with the zip lock bag, I still spilled about a half quart of oil everywhere.
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^ LOL. How did you manage that?

IMO, This car is one of the easiest I've ever changed oil on...
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Yep I picked up on this tip before my first oil change. I will have to say though after changing the oil in all the different vehicles I've had over the years, this car is by FAR the biggest PITA to do. Hard to get filter off, hard to get filter on, hard not to spill any oil, hard to check oil (if you have a strut tower brace), hard to get a good reading on oil. That is all. I just did my third one yesterday on my car and I have a blister from getting the filter off (my buddy had my oil filter wrench) and couldn't tell where the oil was on the stick for a while but i'm good now.
If you need a wrench to get your filter off, you are putting it on to tight. I also use the Fram for the grippy stuff.
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If you need a wrench to get your filter off, you are putting it on to tight. I also use the Fram for the grippy stuff.
I got it off by hand but it was probably on there too tight. I'm always paranoid it's not on tight enough. Thanks man. We need to meet up soon. Btw I think I'm gonna pass on the cat deletes for now. It's too much for my old neighbors and I'm happy w it for now


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I will be doing my first oil change on the 13 today....hope I don't make too much of a mess, you guys are not encouraging me though.

Also why is a 5 Qt jug of oil $10 cheaper at Wal-mart vs the auto parts stores?
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Did my first oil change on the GT yesterday, hardly spilled a drop. I do highly recommend a "form a funnel" to put under the filter.
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