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With all these reports of how easy it is to change the oil and filter in the Pacifica and the fact that synthetic oil changes at the dealer are expensive, I'm starting to think I should just do them myself. Which oil extractor is everyone using?
I have two of these...one for oil and one for "other". It runs off your air compressor. It comes with variable length dipstick hoses (some metal and some poly tube) but I had to buy some extra tube and make one of mine longer for the Pacifica. There are cheaper oil extractors out there that you pump by hand.
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I've been using a 4 gallon hand pumped extractor on my cars for the past 20 years or so. Don't miss climbing under to change the oil one bit. Today I'd probably go for the harbor freight unit mentioned above - with the ubiquitous 20% off coupon it's cheaper than my old hand pump. About the only thing I'll shop at Walmart is oil - they have all the major brands of full synth for about $24/5qt, and manufacturers are usually running a $10 rebate on their website. There's also a Mopar dealer on Amazon offering our oil filter for under $7 with free shipping.
Been changing my own oil for over half a century - gives me an excuse to poke around the engine to see if anything is falling off 😆 Haven't done a change on Pacifica yet but it looks like a piece of cake.

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I have two of these...one for oil and one for "other". It runs off your air compressor. It comes with variable length dipstick hoses (some metal and some poly tube) but I had to buy some extra tube and make one of mine longer for the Pacifica. There are cheaper oil extractors out there that you pump by hand.
Thanks Brett. I was looking at one like this that can work manually or with a compressor. I can't believe how many type there are.

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There really are a lot of them out there now. I've see that particular one in several videos so I assume it is pretty popular. I like that it supports both air compressor and people power.
It holds 6.8 quarts so you'll be good-to-go if it turns out your Pacifica is a 6 quarter.

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It holds 6.8 quarts so you'll be good-to-go if it turns out your Pacifica is a 6 quarter.
I guess I better have an extra quart on hand just in case.

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As an early adapter (build date 5/16), I had my first oil change, and yes, it took all of 6 quarts of full synthetic. However, I was a bit curious and found this in the owner's manual:
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You may use synthetic engine oils provided the recommended
oil quality requirements are met, and the recommended
maintenance intervals for oil and filter changes are
followed.
Note the word, "may", implying that full synthetic is not a requirement, but an option unless there is a later edition specifying otherwise....

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Note the word, "may", implying that full synthetic is not a requirement, but an option unless there is a later edition specifying otherwise....
Well, technically synthetic oil is not required. But since 0W-20 is required and it only seems to come in synthetic, we don't have much of a choice. If somebody does start to manufacturer 0W-20 conventional oil, we should be okay using it.

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Well, technically synthetic oil is not required. But since 0W-20 is required and it only seems to come in synthetic, we don't have much of a choice. If somebody does start to manufacturer 0W-20 conventional oil, we should be okay using it.
Got your point, I hadn't considered anything else anyway, but I was also wondering about what really is the advantage of synthetic oil. Save the environment? Better lubrication? Improves gas mileage? Or perhaps, none of these. I hadn't thought about where synthetic oil comes from or how they make it until I was looking at a banner while waiting for my oil change, and it said, "first synthetic oil to be made from natural gas". So that one is still a byproduct of our underground natural resources; is the rest made from old grocery bags, composting garbage or what? Just curious.

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Got your point, I hadn't considered anything else anyway, but I was also wondering about what really is the advantage of synthetic oil. Save the environment? Better lubrication? Improves gas mileage? Or perhaps, none of these. I hadn't thought about where synthetic oil comes from or how they make it until I was looking at a banner while waiting for my oil change, and it said, "first synthetic oil to be made from natural gas". So that one is still a byproduct of our underground natural resources; is the rest made from old grocery bags, composting garbage or what? Just curious.
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Its hard to get oil weight to 0W. That's why its synthetic.

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