FJ Cruiser w/Skid Pans: Oil/FilterChanges?

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Old 23 Mar 2010, 07:19 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default FJ Cruiser w/Skid Pans: Oil/FilterChanges?

Can oil and filter changes be done without removing the skid
pans?

Or... are aftermarket alternatives available - like a remote oil
filter and/or oil pan drain?

Either way, how much time does it take to remove replace the
pans? Even if oil/filter is no prob, I'm thinking trannie
filter/fluid changes...
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Old 23 Mar 2010, 08:52 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Tue, 23 Mar 2010 20:19:13 -0400, "(PeteCresswell)" <x@y.Invalid>
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>Can oil and filter changes be done without removing the skid
>pans?
>
>Or... are aftermarket alternatives available - like a remote oil
>filter and/or oil pan drain?
>
>Either way, how much time does it take to remove replace the
>pans? Even if oil/filter is no prob, I'm thinking trannie
>filter/fluid changes...



Minutes, I have the same skid plates on my 4x4 Taco
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Old 24 Mar 2010, 02:54 pm   #3 (permalink)
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In article <femiq5pgdg5ga2u6j3i3lkh0lpm8qdvsqu@4ax.com>, x@y.Invalid
says...
>
> Can oil and filter changes be done without removing the skid
> pans?
>
> Or... are aftermarket alternatives available - like a remote oil
> filter and/or oil pan drain?
>
> Either way, how much time does it take to remove replace the
> pans? Even if oil/filter is no prob, I'm thinking trannie
> filter/fluid changes...


Engine:
Oil filter is accessed from inder the hood. Front/Left top side of the
engine.
Oil drain plug is accessed from behind an oblong plastic cover on the
stock skid plate. Be cautious. I've seen people mistakenly remove the
transmission drain plug.


Auto Trans:
Leave it to the dealer or a mechanic that has a positive pressure oil
pump. There is no filler port on top of the trans. It's filled from the
same plug you drain it from. Easy to do if you have the tools (I use a
pump used for outboard motors).

Transfer Case:
Not covered by the stock skid. Easy to access.

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Old 24 Mar 2010, 04:31 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Per Bill Smith:
>the stock skid


The only reason I'm inflicting this discussion on the group is
that if I buy used, I might not have a choice of skid plate vs no
skid plate.

I'm thinking that for my limited use (all it has to do is not get
stuck in beach sand) skid plates would be superfluous - so if I
have a choice (as in buying a new vehicle) I'd be better off
without the plates. OTOH, I note that the plates are part of
the same package that offers up side-curtain air bag deployment
in the event of a rollover.

Am I missing anything with that line of thought?
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Old 24 Mar 2010, 10:20 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On 23/03/10 5:19 PM, (PeteCresswell) wrote:
> Can oil and filter changes be done without removing the skid
> pans?
>
> Or... are aftermarket alternatives available - like a remote oil
> filter and/or oil pan drain?
>
> Either way, how much time does it take to remove replace the
> pans? Even if oil/filter is no prob, I'm thinking trannie
> filter/fluid changes...


Probably adds 10 minutes to the oil change, less once you get the
process down pat, at least on the 4 Runner.
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Old 25 Mar 2010, 08:38 am   #6 (permalink)
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In article <sv0lq513rkdns67gpb4uika18l2655u5na@4ax.com>, x@y.Invalid
says...
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> Per Bill Smith:
> >the stock skid

>
> The only reason I'm inflicting this discussion on the group is
> that if I buy used, I might not have a choice of skid plate vs no
> skid plate.
>
> I'm thinking that for my limited use (all it has to do is not get
> stuck in beach sand) skid plates would be superfluous - so if I
> have a choice (as in buying a new vehicle) I'd be better off
> without the plates. OTOH, I note that the plates are part of
> the same package that offers up side-curtain air bag deployment
> in the event of a rollover.
>
> Am I missing anything with that line of thought?


If you're talking about the silver/aluminum bling plate, it's a piece of
garbage. Tore mine up on the first rock it met. That plate does not
interfere with anything under the engine. It mounts forward of the
engine drain plug.
The skid plate I was referring to is inder that skid plate. All FJC's
have a cover/plate under the engine. Very thin steel and plastic. It
protects from road debris, but that's about it. I removed mine when I
went with a real skid plate (3/8" steel).
You should have no problems either way. The FJC is a great vehicle
you're sure to enjoy.

-Bill
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