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Allroad Oil Change RMcQ 2005

The allroad has the most involved oil change procedure of any vehicle I have ever done due to the belly pan. So to give encouragement or direction to someone who hasn't tried it yet, here is THE ALLROAD OIL CHANGE...

TOOLS REQUIRED (some substituions are obviously possible. This is just what I used.)

For belly pan:

- Standard screw driver
- Stubby standard screw driver
- 8mm allen driver, 3/8" drive
- 3/8" drive ratchet
- 3/8" drive extension
- T30 Torx driver

For everything else:

- Ramps (not pictured above, see below)
- Oil drain collection pan (not pictured)
- Funnel
- Filter wrench or strap wrench
- 19mm box wrench
- Shop towels
- Appropriate storage/transport container for used oil (not picured)

MY PROCEDURE (again, some variations are possible. This is not necessarily the perfect way - its just my way. Constructive feedback encouraged.)

1. Prepare Vehicle

Warm the engine to suspend contaminants and to encourage a thorough drain. Raise the vehicle to level 4 and and park the car on ramps. FWIW - I have Rhino Ramps that are great because they are plastic and can be stored outside with no ill effects.

2. Remove Belly Pan

For those that have not crawled under their car, this is what the belly pan looks like in situ. Unfortunately I did not capture all the fasteners in this photo, but it gives you an idea. There are actually two (2) panels that make up the overall belly pan system. For an oil change it is not necessary to drop the rear one. Once all the fasteners are out of the front one, you can tilt it down a bit and slide it rearward to get it out. Leave the other panel in place. You can see the seam that delineates the two panels just behind the 3 indicated quick lock screws at the bottom of this photo.

Shot of 1st and 2nd pan overlap, from the side:

The three (3) Torx fasteners are all the way at the front, attaching the belly pan to the lower front bumper.

The T30 Torx fastener:

The Allen bolts are just a little further back. They are the most substantial fastener in the belly pan, though there are only two (2) of them.

The six (6) quick lock screws are all around the perimeter. They are all vertically into the belly pan. They require a simple ? turn to remove.

What you can not see in the above belly pan picture are the four (4) plastic quick connect screws that are in the fender well. These are oriented horizontally and also require a ? turn to extract. There is little space to access these due to the tire being in the way. This is where I used the short, stubby screwdriver to access two (2) per side.

Detail of fender well fastener:

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