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Old 08-31-2008, 08:16 AM
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How hard to do an oil change on a 03 6.0??

I have a 2003 6.0 that i want to do a oil change on rather then have someone do it for me so im just wondering what i need, besides oil and a filter, to complete the job. Any tips and pics would be greatly appreciated. O and i plan on using rotella oil. Thanks!!!
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I can't imagine it would be any different than a 7.3... but not sure.
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its not hard to do .....ive done mine and need to do it again this week ........i use one of my 5 gal gas cans to drain the oil into ......because its so much ......but other than that its just like any other oil change .......some poeple say while filling the oil to pre soak the filter but outhers say you dont .....i never have and its been ok .........
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I would suggest going to Walmart and letting them change your oil. All the stuff to do it yourself costs about 50 something dollars. Walmart changes mine with Rotella for $60 plus tax. It's worth a couple more dollars to not have to mess with it
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It's very easy. No different than any other vehicle other than the quantity of oil and the filter is not a spin on. I don't care if the jiffy/walmarts are just a few dollars more I wouldn't let them touch my truck. Just not worth the gamble.
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Old 08-31-2008, 09:24 AM
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3/4" wrench to pull the drain plug.
A drain pan capable of at least 15 qts.

A wrench to remove the filter lid up top (36mm?)....I always just use a big adj. crescent wrench.
A small screwdriver to remove the o-ring from the lid.


Safety glasses and latex gloves if you don't want to get oil on your hands.
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It's very easy. No different than any other vehicle other than the quantity of oil and the filter is not a spin on. I don't care if the jiffy/walmarts are just a few dollars more I wouldn't let them touch my truck. Just not worth the gamble.
I agree. I have talked to a few of the guys who work at the local Walmart and wouldn't let them change the tire on my bike. Do it yourself and know it was done right. The 6.0 has to be the easiest vehicles I have ever owned to do an oil change on. Drain is easy to get to because it sits so high and with the filter on top it is a pretty clean job. You can pick up a 36mm socket at Sears (filter cap) for like 7-8 bucks but a large cresent will do the trick in a bind.
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sweet thanks for all the replies. I had walmart do it once and i feel like they did not do the best job so i would rather do it my self. Thanks again for all the support!
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wait, if you can buy this lil gizmo first, it put the cherry on top of your work here is a write up i did awhile back....Ebay has them for about $24.00 make sure you fet the F111N the N means nipple for the tube you buy to extend the flow out or away from your face.

Fumoto oil drain valve install
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It's very easy. No different than any other vehicle other than the quantity of oil and the filter is not a spin on. I don't care if the jiffy/walmarts are just a few dollars more I wouldn't let them touch my truck. Just not worth the gamble.
I've been getting my oil changed there for 3 years now. I've never had a problem except I usually have to tighten up the filter when I get home. Other than that, it's just not worth fooling with.
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