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Old 11-02-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
Al Tsiemers
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Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

What is the best way to change oil without flooding the garage floor?
Removing the filter seems to be a minor mess, but removing the drain plug
results in a spray that bounces off the frame and makes a hell of a mess.
Any ideas on how to actually get it into the drain pan, short of leaving
the plug partially in and waiting for a few hours?
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Old 11-02-2005, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

How about buy a bag of kitty litter, pour it out on your floor uder the
drain pan and around the area that will get splashed. That should help with
clean up anyway. Not sure what vehicle your driving but my Explorer (97)
drains straight down and there really is nothing that hits the ground
anywhere other than going into the drain pan.
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Old 11-02-2005, 21:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

I will probably be flamed for suggesting this, but for what it's worth:
FRAM (of the very dubious oil filter fame) sells drain valves that replace
the standard oil plug. Hand-threading a special cap with a protrusion opens
the valve and drains the oil through a short hose attached to it (you can
replace it with a longer one, if needed). No mess, no torquing, even no
tools needed. A screw-on cap over the valve protects it from road debris and
avoids sudden loss of oil should it suddenly fail.
Don't know about long term reliability, but they have worked for me on a
couple vehicles for two or three years now without problems. Been a great
help for the Grand Marquis, with its side-facing drain plug.
Of course, if you decide to install one of those, you still need to remove
the plug and create a mess one last time...

"Al Tsiemers" <Al.Tsiemers@IForgot.net> wrote in message
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> What is the best way to change oil without flooding the garage floor?



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Old 11-02-2005, 22:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

I cut the bottom off a 1 gallon milk bottle and use it as a funnel to
capture the outgoing oil and direct to the drain pan.

Al Tsiemers wrote:
> What is the best way to change oil without flooding the garage floor?
> Removing the filter seems to be a minor mess, but removing the drain plug
> results in a spray that bounces off the frame and makes a hell of a mess.
> Any ideas on how to actually get it into the drain pan, short of leaving
> the plug partially in and waiting for a few hours?

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Old 11-02-2005, 22:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

Happy Traveler wrote:
> I will probably be flamed for suggesting this, but for what it's worth:
> FRAM (of the very dubious oil filter fame) sells drain valves that replace
> the standard oil plug. Hand-threading a special cap with a protrusion opens



No flame here. I've used a similar valve from
http://fumotovalve.com/
on both of my cars for about five years now. They work great, and I'd
recommend them to anyone who changes their own oil. I have the ones
without the hose nipple on them, as my drain plugs are both pointed
where I want the oil to go anyway.
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Old 11-02-2005, 22:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

Ok, I'll do it........

THEY LEAK ALL THE TIME !!!!!

:-))))



"Ratbert" <ratbert2k@eat.my.shorts.spammers.myway.com> wrote in message
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> Happy Traveler wrote:
> > I will probably be flamed for suggesting this, but for what it's worth:
> > FRAM (of the very dubious oil filter fame) sells drain valves that

replace
> > the standard oil plug. Hand-threading a special cap with a protrusion

opens
>
>
> No flame here. I've used a similar valve from
> http://fumotovalve.com/
> on both of my cars for about five years now. They work great, and I'd
> recommend them to anyone who changes their own oil. I have the ones
> without the hose nipple on them, as my drain plugs are both pointed
> where I want the oil to go anyway.



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Old 11-03-2005, 05:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

Been using the Fran drain plug thing for 4 years and no problem.
wth

"Happy Traveler" <happy_traveler@abc.net> wrote in message
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>I will probably be flamed for suggesting this, but for what it's worth:
> FRAM (of the very dubious oil filter fame) sells drain valves that replace
> the standard oil plug. Hand-threading a special cap with a protrusion
> opens
> the valve and drains the oil through a short hose attached to it (you can
> replace it with a longer one, if needed). No mess, no torquing, even no
> tools needed. A screw-on cap over the valve protects it from road debris
> and
> avoids sudden loss of oil should it suddenly fail.
> Don't know about long term reliability, but they have worked for me on a
> couple vehicles for two or three years now without problems. Been a great
> help for the Grand Marquis, with its side-facing drain plug.
> Of course, if you decide to install one of those, you still need to remove
> the plug and create a mess one last time...
>
> "Al Tsiemers" <Al.Tsiemers@IForgot.net> wrote in message
> news:Xns9702B9F83ACF76666@69.28.186.121...
>> What is the best way to change oil without flooding the garage floor?

>
>



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Old 11-03-2005, 16:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

"Searcher1" <ACBRN@CS.ver.aol.com> wrote in
news:lFfaf.1363$zU2.1245@trnddc07:

> How about buy a bag of kitty litter, pour it out on your floor uder
> the drain pan and around the area that will get splashed. That should
> help with clean up anyway. Not sure what vehicle your driving but my
> Explorer (97) drains straight down and there really is nothing that
> hits the ground anywhere other than going into the drain pan.
> Searcher
>
>


I have a huge bag of oil dry, but I'm trying to avoid throwing it and the
oil it picks up into the landfill

I have a '97 XLT with the 4.0 SOHC, and when I pulled the plug yesterday,
well, I haven't seen an arc like that since I was toilet training the
oldest boy. It shot about 14" over and deflected off the frame, completely
overspraying the 18" drain pan I thought I had strategically placed. I
tipped the pan and got most of it, but I generally don't get a drop on the
floor when I change oil in the other 5 vehicles.
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Old 11-03-2005, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Best way to change oil without flooding garage floor?

Al Tsiemers wrote:
> "Searcher1" <ACBRN@CS.ver.aol.com> wrote in
> news:lFfaf.1363$zU2.1245@trnddc07:
>
>> How about buy a bag of kitty litter, pour it out on your floor uder
>> the drain pan and around the area that will get splashed. That should
>> help with clean up anyway. Not sure what vehicle your driving but my
>> Explorer (97) drains straight down and there really is nothing that
>> hits the ground anywhere other than going into the drain pan.
>> Searcher
>>
>>

>
> I have a huge bag of oil dry, but I'm trying to avoid throwing it and the
> oil it picks up into the landfill
>
> I have a '97 XLT with the 4.0 SOHC, and when I pulled the plug yesterday,
> well, I haven't seen an arc like that since I was toilet training the
> oldest boy. It shot about 14" over and deflected off the frame, completely
> overspraying the 18" drain pan I thought I had strategically placed. I
> tipped the pan and got most of it, but I generally don't get a drop on the
> floor when I change oil in the other 5 vehicles.


Another way is to loosen the plug and then slowly move it away from the
hole in the pan. If your careful and the plug isn't too hot you can
control how fast the oil comes out and where it goes.
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Old 11-03-2005, 16:01   #10 (permalink)
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"WhoIsIt" <WhoIsIt@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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SNIP
> control how fast the oil comes out and where it goes.


Up your shirt sleeve, mostly... Well, technically it's down your sleeve
'cos your arm's aimed upwards at the time...

Simon H


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