First we saw vehicles with no “user friendly” way of checking the transmission fluid – no dipstick – no way for a conscientious car owner to check his fluids on his/her own. Now we are seeing more and more vehicles without engine oil drain plugs and dipsticks. This has been the way for Mercedes for many years, but the newer JAGUARS and LAND ROVERS have adopted this method.
A typical oil change is not something that can be completed in a mater of minutes with these newer cars and trucks. It is a more involved process:
Take for example a newer JAGUAR or LAND ROVER with the 5.0 Liter V8 Engine. First you must run the vehicle to proper operating temperature. This will help the oil flow smoothly for step two. With the engine warmed up and turned off, you can access a tube within the oil filler on the top of the engine. Now you can fit the proper “suction” tool to suck out the oil from the engine. While the oil is being removed you may change the oil filter on top of the engine. Once you have completed these steps, proceed to fill the engine with the proper grade oil to Jaguar or Land Rover’s specs for oil and filter change – about 8 quarts. With the proper JAGUAR/LAND ROVER scan tool, verify that the oil level is within specs. Now you need to run the engine for a few minutes to warm and circulate the oil. Turn the engine off and wait approximately 10 minutes. Use the onboard computer to verify your oil level is correct. Now use the scan tool to reset the oil service interval settings/warnings.
If you think this is a project, you should see what we have to do in order to perform a transmission fluid/filter service and verify the proper fluid levels – that is a real project.
On a positive note, Thank you to Jaguar and Land Rover! By sucking the oil from the top of the engine, we don’t have the annoyance of oil dumped or spilled on us from up above!