Amen!!!!!Dealer service is nice, but doing it yourself is in-equaled! Gives you a perfect opportunity to learn your machine and take pride in what you do! I look at some of the labor rates and it is very high in some areas! My friend is charging 50.00 dollars an hour for labor in his shop.
the hdx is a pretty easy machine to change oil on. i changed up and got myself an oil extractor for 18 bucks. its a life saver. every spring i drop the oil plug but since i get a couple thousand miles a year i just use the oil extractor the other times. to extract the oil i go through the dipstick on very level ground. i have checked how much i am getting out by pulling the oil plug. i would estimate im getting all but an ounce out.
the floor pan where the dog house is on other prowlers is all i take out. it gives me access to the oil filter but i only change that every thousand miles. oil is done every 500. take the seat off and you will see the rubber plug in the plastic seat pan. that gives you access to add oil. if im only doing my oil it takes me about 10 min. add more time for the filter. i am looking into a boat access port to put into the floor pan to access the filter. that would eliminate taking the floor pan out.
Oil Access Port
Thanks Paxx - That video is not for my machine, but some of the links at country cat are useful.No grease zerks anywhere that I know of. Everything is sealed. which sucks....
Although my XTZ's filter sounds like it is easier accessible than this!!, I remove the skid plate as I don't like oil from the filter all over the inside of the skid plate!! With an impact driver with a T30 it only takes about a minute to get the plate off and outta the way.Wow...They really should have thought about the oil filter location..
Does the whole piece (with the cup holders) come out, or just the piece in front of the motor?
I see now why you need the trap door -- Is it perhaps easier to remove the skid plates and access from underneath?
Somehow I seem to always have oil on my hand and dripping onto the floor or skid!! LOL!! Guess I need to actually give it some thought and maybe lay down a shop rag or something, eh?that whole part from engine to firewall comes out. its not bad. going through the skid is alot more work. i dont get hardly any oil on the skid. but as anything, practice makes perfect.