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Old 08-20-2015, 04:02 AM   #43
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Sorry for the thread hijack... but... I put a gallon baggie around my filter and closed it with the air removed, before extracting the filter... didn't spill a drop... Can't take credit for that... saw it on a youtube...
Well, I guess I'm a lucky one on the oil filter location. Mine comes straight out the bottom. No spill.

Missed out on some goodies on the newer model I suppose but it's all about the CTD to me. Nice to have that "grunt" when in the mountains. Mileage is great too.

Also, I just feel better having a TV that outweighs the TT. Less of a chance for a tail wagging the dog experience, I think.

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Old 08-20-2015, 05:44 AM   #44
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Yeah, mine is mounted vertically and is pretty easy to access from underneath. I've changed the oil every 5000-7500 miles depending on use. This is the first vehicle I've ever owned where I can honestly say I've never spilled a drop of oil.
Now if only the fuel filter cap were easier to get off.

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Old 08-20-2015, 05:50 AM   #45
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I am with Ray... I take mine out the bottom too. No worries.

I do oil analysis on mine... first at 5k, last change at 7.5k. Next interval will probably be 10k at about a year and a half on Mopar filters and Rotella T6 oil
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:12 AM   #46
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About $7K, but with the easy towing, exhaust brake, and the fuel mileage, add in that I already can take care of a diesel properly, and it seems like a small price to pay for what I'm getting. Ask me when I've got a 250K miles if I still feel this way!
250K? My brother in laws Ram with a Cummins has over 500,000 and still running strong. So you have awhile before you can judge, but like you, the extra cost is well worth it.

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Old 08-20-2015, 08:52 AM   #47
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I just go to the dealer. Buy ($68.95) 4 and get the 5th free. Works out to $55.16 each. Even going to Walmart for Rotella and OEM Mopar filter it's $52 and change. Plus I don't have to dispose of the oil. And they lube that silly a$$ grease fitting on the front U joint. Only problem with going to the dealer is it gives me time to wander around and look at new trucks.
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:21 AM   #48
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The one thing about the Cummins is that they have realy, really long drain times. If you pull into the shop for an oil change and they hurry through it, they will leave a couple quarts in there. It takes a good half hour or more to really drain all the oil out.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:27 PM   #49
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On the '14s they have a large, heavy cross member welded across under the filter area. The only to get to it is through the fender well. It's difficult, but definitely doable. I have the hardest and easiest oil changes I've ever done. The Cummins is the hard one. The '09 Santa Fe my wife drives is easy... the filter's on top of the engine and a breeze to change...
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:10 AM   #50
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The filter on my Pentastar V6 is also on the top of the engine which makes an oil change very easy. Looks like this thread really drifted away from the original subject.

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