An oil change is one of the simplest maintenance procedures you can do for your car, but oftentimes it's messy and time-consuming. John Deere's new "Easy Change" oil system has revolutionized this maintenance task. And we wish it was available for our cars.
As our colleagues at , doing an oil change with a John Deere Easy Change system involves nothing more than unlocking and twisting off the old cartridge and replacing it with a new one. There's no need to drain the old oil—the cartridge contains both the filter and 0.8 quarts of oil. According to John Deere, the remaining oil in the engine is refreshed by the new oil in the cartridge. Using this method, about 40 percent of the engine oil is replaced—we think it would need to be a bit more than that for it to make sense on a car engine.
We've seen this kind of technology used in the automotive sector before, specifically on the Aston Martin Vulcan. Castrol's Nexcel system uses a similar (but substantially larger) cartridge that acts as a reservoir for the Vulcan's dry-sump lubrication system, and can be detached and replaced without tools or cleanup. John Deere's system works without a dry-sump design, a technology used mostly on race cars and high-end exotics.
There's got to be a way to adapt this to automotive applications. Anything that makes an oil change easier is great, if you ask us.