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Old 02-15-2006, 16:01   #1 (permalink)
Frank
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Oil change splatter on 99 Explorer

hi all,
My daughter has a 99 explorer that I have changed oil on twice. Both
times have not been pleasant. The V6 engines oil plug is on the side
of the pan, and when you take the plug out the oil shoots out against
the frame of the front end and splatters everywhere. Theres no way to
catch the oil, or most of it and it makes a grand mess. I dont know
why Ford didnt just put the drain plug in the bottom of the pan,
problem solved. Anyone got any ideas of how to make this a better and
cleaner job? Or do they sell a elbow plug or something to point the
oil draining toward the oil bucket. Thanks for listening.
kevin
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Old 02-15-2006, 17:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Oil change splatter on 99 Explorer

Frank <toofrank@att.net> wrote:

> My daughter has a 99 explorer ... I dont know
> why Ford didnt just put the drain plug in the bottom of the pan,


What category does the Explorer fall into?

Ever look at the oil pan of a vehicle that's been used off-road?
Or run over a few curbs?

I feel your pain.. but if it bothers you that much, try cutting a piece of
rain gutter to deflect the oil down into the drain pan
--
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
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Old 02-15-2006, 18:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Oil change splatter on 99 Explorer

"Frank" <toofrank@att.net> wrote in message
news:Xns976BBD3B252DAkevins7attnet@204.127.36.1...
> hi all,
> My daughter has a 99 explorer that I have changed oil on twice. Both
> times have not been pleasant. The V6 engines oil plug is on the side
> of the pan, and when you take the plug out the oil shoots out against
> the frame of the front end and splatters everywhere. Theres no way to
> catch the oil, or most of it and it makes a grand mess. I dont know
> why Ford didnt just put the drain plug in the bottom of the pan,
> problem solved. Anyone got any ideas of how to make this a better and
> cleaner job? Or do they sell a elbow plug or something to point the
> oil draining toward the oil bucket. Thanks for listening.
> kevin



Frank:

You might get better advice on:
rec.autos.makers.ford.explorer

These folks don't like 'trucks' here.

Jay


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Old 02-15-2006, 18:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Oil change splatter on 99 Explorer

"Jay" <jay.britton@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> "Frank" <toofrank@att.net> wrote in message
> news:Xns976BBD3B252DAkevins7attnet@204.127.36.1...
>> hi all,
>> My daughter has a 99 explorer that I have changed oil on twice. Both
>> times have not been pleasant. The V6 engines oil plug is on the side
>> of the pan, and when you take the plug out the oil shoots out against
>> the frame of the front end and splatters everywhere. Theres no way to
>> catch the oil, or most of it and it makes a grand mess. I dont know
>> why Ford didnt just put the drain plug in the bottom of the pan,
>> problem solved. Anyone got any ideas of how to make this a better and
>> cleaner job? Or do they sell a elbow plug or something to point the
>> oil draining toward the oil bucket. Thanks for listening.
>> kevin

>
>
> Frank:
>
> You might get better advice on:
> rec.autos.makers.ford.explorer
>
> These folks don't like 'trucks' here.
>
> Jay
>

Let me re-phrase the last line to: You would be better served on the other
NG as there are more Explorer owners there.

Jay


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Old 02-15-2006, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Oil change splatter on 99 Explorer

Jay wrote:
> "Frank" <toofrank@att.net> wrote in message
> news:Xns976BBD3B252DAkevins7attnet@204.127.36.1...
>
>>hi all,
>>My daughter has a 99 explorer that I have changed oil on twice. Both
>>times have not been pleasant. The V6 engines oil plug is on the side
>>of the pan, and when you take the plug out the oil shoots out against
>>the frame of the front end and splatters everywhere. Theres no way to
>>catch the oil, or most of it and it makes a grand mess. I dont know
>>why Ford didnt just put the drain plug in the bottom of the pan,
>>problem solved. Anyone got any ideas of how to make this a better and
>>cleaner job? Or do they sell a elbow plug or something to point the
>>oil draining toward the oil bucket. Thanks for listening.
>>kevin

>
>
>
> Frank:
>
> You might get better advice on:
> rec.autos.makers.ford.explorer
>
> These folks don't like 'trucks' here.


I disagree. We love Ford trucks. Any & all general repair & discussion
welcome.

Now... if you want to start in on lift kits, performance, production
issues, mods specific to Explorers... well, visit over at the Explorer
group and there will be a lot more enthusiasm is all.

Rob
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Old 02-15-2006, 20:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Oil change splatter on 99 Explorer

I have changed oil on the same type vehicle, and not noticed it hitting the
frame, but you can just cut a piece of cardboard, crease it down the middle,
then use it to deflect the oil stream into your catch basin.



"Frank" <toofrank@att.net> wrote in message
news:Xns976BBD3B252DAkevins7attnet@204.127.36.1...
> hi all,
> My daughter has a 99 explorer that I have changed oil on twice. Both
> times have not been pleasant. The V6 engines oil plug is on the side
> of the pan, and when you take the plug out the oil shoots out against
> the frame of the front end and splatters everywhere. Theres no way to
> catch the oil, or most of it and it makes a grand mess. I dont know
> why Ford didnt just put the drain plug in the bottom of the pan,
> problem solved. Anyone got any ideas of how to make this a better and
> cleaner job? Or do they sell a elbow plug or something to point the
> oil draining toward the oil bucket. Thanks for listening.
> kevin



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