For the first time, over the weekend I changed oil and filter on my 2013 LR4 with about 23K miles, using a vacuum pump from the top of the engine. My previous 2 oil changes - I am going for a 7500-mile interval between them - had been performed by an indy shop at 7500, and the 15K-mile "freebie" at the dealer. All I can say is, I'll never crawl under a car to mess around with a drain plug again. It requires a small initial investment in the form of a fluid suction pump, but the vacuum method is way faster and easier on your hands, back, hair, garage floor, etc. Draining from under would be especially challenging for me since I installed a front skid plate on my LR4 as well, and removing that sucker is no fun.
Anyway, I took a video as I was performing the change for another, LR4 specific forum, but since the procedure is identical for the 2010-2013 Sport (and FFRR) with 5-liter NA or SC engines, I thought I'd post it here as well. It's no Scorsese (except my accent ), but hopefully it illustrates how easy, clean and quick the whole process is.
Couple of (obvious) things I forgot to mention in the video:
1. Always do this on a flat and level surface.
2. If your engine is cold, let it run at idle for a good 10 minutes, then shut it off and let it rest for another 10-15 before you begin. The oil should be warm as it will be easier to suction, and should be allowed enough time to drip down into the sump so you can extract as much of it as possible.
3. After you fill the engine with fresh oil, allow 5 minutes before checking its level with the digital gauge in the instrument cluster, you'll get a more accurate reading. Also, since the new filter will absorb and retain a decent quantity of oil after you start the engine, it's always a good idea to check the level one last time after warming it up at idle for a few minutes, letting it cool and settle for another 15 or so, and topping off (if necessary).