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3.7 oil change

Wow, everything sure is easy to get at!

Wow, it sure is a messy process!

Having a side facing drain bolt means that the oil will shoot out at first, about a a foot and a half, and slowly recede to directly under the drain. I'm going to have to make a special shaped funnel of sorts for the next oil changes. Same for the filter, no way to remove it without getting oil all over the place.

Able to do the change without jacking it up, barely. I can crawl underneath, but it's tight. Under my Sprinter I had a lot of room and could roll over to grab tools, bucket, whatever. I might drive up an some 2x next time to get that extra 1.5".
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One of these will help reduce the mess ... especially when removing the oil filter.

http://www.formafunnel.com/
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I replaced the OEM drain plug with a Fumoto valve with a nipple. I connect a length of tubing to the nipple to direct the oil to the drain pan. https://www.fumotooildrainvalve.com/...FQiQaQodCJIBsQ

Spongebob, what size Form-a-Funnel would you recommend?
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I replaced the OEM drain plug with a Fumoto valve with a nipple. I connect a length of tubing to the nipple to direct the oil to the drain pan.

Wow the Fumoto! Where have I been? Did you get the new F107SX Moot?

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Oh ... I wasn't aware that there were different sizes. The package on the one I have says X000WC2UAZ General Purpose. So, there may be only one size.

The Form-A-Funnel is a clever idea ... sure beats wrapping aluminum foil on the under parts.

Dang ... I should have thought of that. I'd be spending the winters in the Cabo Wabo Cantina with Sammy Hagar !

I almost feel sorry for the techs who have to deal with this on a regular basis.

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I think Sammy Hagar sold out....

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I used a plastic bag around the filter so I could catch all the oil drips and then toss the whole mess (pour excess oil into oil bucket). In this case, the amount of oil that comes out just from unscrewing the filter, AFTER draining the pan, was so much that it made the plastic bag sag and slip so the oil from the filter went over the side and down my arm. I always use a big piece of scrap cardboard when I change oil, both to lay on and to catch any drips, so I didn't make too big a mess.

I think a bucket or plastic container as wide as a 5gal bucket, but obviously shorter, is the only way to get the filter off without getting oil on the ground. One of the problems is that it unscrews about 1/2-3/4" before coming off, pouring out oil the entire time. You're going to get oil all over your arm or tools no matter what.

BUT, it is really easy to get everything! My Toyota Tacomas required getting the filter out through the wheel well because it just wouldn't fit easily from the top or bottom.

I'm skeptical about drain plugs with valves, having seen many pickups and jeeps dump all their oil when they drive through the brush and something hits and opens the valve. I had one of the universal rubber stopper cam plugs on my Fiat 128, because we could not find a metric replacement for the stripped one at the time. It never fell out or opened, even when driving through brush and snow up to the axles.

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it is not a perfect world, it may still make a mess, but do not remove the oil fill cap or the dipstick, the vacuum created by the draining oil will usually slow the flow rate down quick after the plug is removed. cold oil also drains slow when the plug is removed.

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that same oil draining vacuum will create a siphon in the oil filter that will siphon all the oil out of the filter and you will not spill a drop! it is a bit of an art form to do it just right: you have to break the seal (unscrew the filter) just enough to let air into the filter but not enough that the oil will leak out! i can do this perfectly about 3/4 of the time and 1/4 of the time i make a mess like everyone else, so there is a trick to breaking the seal! (it works best with 120 degree oil) i had to learn tricks when in a past life i changed 2 or 3 oil filters on the same engine that each held a gallon of oil, filter leaks caused a quart of oil to hit the floor from each one.
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