Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Few Updates (2011 Challenger Oil Change, Loose Drain Plug, SpeedLogix Catch Can)

It has been a awhile so I figured I’d post an update.  We have a couple of projects going in the garage right now.  First is a general cleaning – this garage gets filthy after a while!  Cleanign it up and sweeping up all the dust and dead bugs is a real pain but the work is so worth it.  The place “feels” so much better when it is uncluttered. 

We’re also installing a security system – it’s something I’ve wanted for a while but just never got to it. 

The Challenger is a lot of fun to own.  I’m still amazed by all the looks it gets – I’ve even noticed folks driving by and taking pictures of it while going down the highway.

I did my first oil change yesterday and I was a bit surprised to discover that the oil drain plug was only FINGER TIGHT!  I went to put the socket on there and saw the bolt turn as I touched the plug!  I was immediately consumed with dread as I removed the rest of the bolt from the oil pan, worried that no dirty oil would follow.  Fortunately that was not the case.  The dealer I bought the car from must not had torqued the plug adequately.  I was lucky that it didn’t drain out onto the highway – another reason why I don’t like trusting my car maintenance to others.



Up on the lift looking pretty.


  The last bit oil dripping out.



All done.

I used an Amsoil oil filter, 7 quarts of Mobile 1 0w-40 synthetic oil and torqued the oil plug to 25 ft lbs.  Note that Dodge has recently changed the recommended oil viscosity from 5w-40 to 0w-40.

While the car was on the lift, I also rotated the tires and took the opportunity to clean the wheel wells, shrouds, shocks, calipers, etc.  Justin worked hard at washing the inside of the wheels to get a clean dust free look.


The end result.


I’d like to also take this opportunity to plug the Green With Envy catch can offered for sale by SpeedLogix.  This thing is easy to install and looks great under the hood!



Catch Can by SpeedLogix in GWE.


  1. Glad to see you have the Green Machine on your site! Looks great!


    1. Thanks Todd! Wait till you see thR next update. It's at Auto Artz right now getting some "enhancements".

  2. Your Dodge looks gorgeous, Wayne! Eventually, your oil would break down, and there’s a possibility that it will clogged your filter with contaminants. To keep your car running smoothly, it is important to change the oil on a regular basis. The good thing is you are hands-on when it comes to your car’s maintenance. That would save you a few bucks, and rest assured that your car is maintained regularly under your care.

    1. Thanks Michelina.

      I keep a running log of all my cars' maintenance and even though Amsoil claims that you only have to change the oil every 25,000 miles I tend to do it at the 7500 mark. Thanks for commenting!

  3. I make sure i got good oil running inside. This one rocks!

  4. Very impressed with your vehicles and garage. You're living the dream! lucky guy...

  5. The GWE looks great