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Any ideas to reduce oil mess when changing V6 filter?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by kn38ms, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Jun 14, 2013 at 6:11 AM
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    kn38ms

    kn38ms [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking about cutting a water bottle in half to act as a ramp to keep
    the oil flowing directly into the drain pan.

    Any other ideas? What a bloody mess.

    Do you folks remove through the wheel well or underneath?
    I've tried both...
     
  2. Jun 14, 2013 at 6:23 AM
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    Janster

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    When I owned my 96...

    I removed thru the wheel. I did exactly what you mention.....a 2-litre bottle.
    I used the cap end and cut it about 3" from the cap (keep it short).

    Stuff the 2-litre bottle in there and allow the oil to drip in it and drop the filter in there also.

    Kinda awkward getting it out....but better than nothing.
     
  3. Jun 14, 2013 at 6:34 AM
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    I wrap the filter in a plastic shopping bag when unscrewing it to catch the oil that comes out of it. This is a 4 banger though, not really sure where your oil filters are located
     
  5. Jun 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM
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    He's talking about the oil filter. :p

    +1 on fumoto though for simple clean drain.


    OP, Some ideas:

    -I read stabbing the end of the filter releases pressure and the oil flows back into the engine before removing it. I'm gonna try this method my next round.

    -I also like the plastic shopping bag Idea MowTaco mentioned but it may be a little harder to accomplish on our V6.

    -Oil filter relocation kit? There is a thread on this HERE.

    I agree our filters are mounted in an awkward and messy angle deep in the engine and the skid plates get nasty over time.

    I remove from the wheel well, makes the job easier to do in my case.
     
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    I use a plastic shopping bag also to catch the oil and filter. for me it's a must to go through the wheel well to loosen the filter.. haven't tried stabbing the filter but might give it a shot next time
     
  7. Jun 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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    I just take the skid plates off when I change the oil in my v6 and just spray down everything with parts cleaner when I'm done
     
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    I reach in under the alternator from the top and remove it. You could buy a remote mount oil filter kit.
     
  10. Jun 15, 2013 at 8:25 AM
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    I prefer to do the whole job from underneath, removing the skid plates (as a single unit) first.

    To catch oil from filter removal, I generally put a disposable shop towel underneath the filter area, then put a small plastic food tub, like a salsa cup, underneath the filter before unscrewing it. The salsa cup is wide enough to drop the filter inside of it, and the sides of the cup are tough enough to bend and squeeze a little to pull it out of there when done.

    You could likely use this same method through the wheel well.
     
  11. Jun 15, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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    Just take the filter off with a drip pan between the a-arm and oil pan. Clean up with carb cleaner. The angle of the filter doesn't help.
     
  12. Jun 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    This is how I've been changing my oil for YEARS. Trust me, if you aren't doing the plastic bag method your doing yourself an injustice. This method is cheap, cost nothing, and is PURE GENIUS.
     
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