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Fumoto Drain Valve

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by Veccster, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Jan 23, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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    Veccster

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    Purchased a Fumoto Drain Valve from http://www.quickoildrainvalve.com. It was $25.95 w/ the nipple and $22.95 w/out. The nipple allows you to attach a hose and dispense the oil directly into a container. That is what I purchased. It is an F-103N.

    Installation is easy. Just remove the drain plug when you change your oil. Clean up the area around the hole and install the fumoto. Tighten it the same as you usually do with the plug.

    Here it is installed:
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    It takes a 3/8" ID hose. I purchased at Lowes for $.25/ft. With the hose attached:
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    Put the hose directly into a container (I used an empty window washer fluid bottle):
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    You open the valve by moving the tab. It needs to be pulled in and pushed down to open. The oil flows out fairly slow so begin working on your filter once it has begun draining. You may also want the oil to be warm. When its done draining, push the lever up and close the valve. Properly dispose of the oil (I take mine to Advance Auto and they recycle it).

    Add oil and your done:
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    It is also possible to dump the oil directly into the container - no hose. The height of my stock 09 TRD Sport allowed for an empty quart of oil in there:
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    I used a short segment of the 3/8" hose to attach it to the overflow drain below the oil filter. I ran that down into a container under the truck. For the 1st time in 6 years of changing my own oil, I did have ONE SINGLE DROP OF OIL on my driveway! It has never been so easy and so clean. No tools necessary.

    I am VERY happy with the purchase of this valve. I suppose it would not be a great idea for those that off-road because it could get caught on something and get damaged or torn off. Just in case, I keep the regular plug under the rear seats by the jack.

    Thanks for reading my review!


    And finally...:D[​IMG]
     
  2. Oct 12, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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    Are you still happy with the Fumoto valve?
     
  3. Oct 12, 2010 at 7:46 PM
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    thats what Im worried about or I would be all over this
     
  4. Oct 12, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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    Their neat but I've never liked the idea of a lever being there. It may never happen, but the idea that there is potential to drive over something and have it hit that lever and dump oil....I'm cool.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2010 at 8:27 PM
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    i had one on my subaru wrx i loved it ! might have to buy another for the truck. great product
     
  6. Oct 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM
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    One car (overall brand) that those might be really useful on. Subaru spews oil out the drain hole like no other, quick drain though.

    Not trying to argue one way or another about them just not my cup of tea. The no mess aspect, especially if doing it on a driveway/in garage is nice.
     
  7. Oct 12, 2010 at 8:38 PM
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    I thought about getting one ... but had several questions ?? ... :confused:

    How deep are the valve threads (into oil pan) and the valve threads that go through the oil pan ... how much extra oil and/or debris does this leave inside the oil pan ?

    No question here .... IF valve threads are exactly the same length as the thickness of the oil pan ... however OEM oil drain plug is much longer than thickness of oil pan ... but oil drain plug comes out each time.

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  8. Oct 12, 2010 at 8:45 PM
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    I'VE HAD MINE FOR 2.5 YEARS AND NO PROBLEMS. MOST DEFINITELY THE CLEANEST OIL CHANGE EVER. I GOT THE ONE WITHOUT THE NIPPLE AND HAVE NO WORRIES OF IT HITTING ANYTHING. THE ONE WITH THE NIPPLE DOES HELP OUT MORE IF YOU HAVE A LIFT SO YOU WON'T GET ANY OIL SPLATTER. RECOMMENDED.
     
  9. Oct 13, 2010 at 2:43 AM
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    One of the other threads shows a pic of the threads on the valve. It has notches cut into it in 4 equal spots about halfway up the threads, Should make it even with oil pan but seems like an oil change would take longer, of course with this method you could drain your oil a lot hotter than with a plug. At least I wait for the oil to be a little cool.
     
  10. Oct 13, 2010 at 3:28 AM
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    I am. Easiest, quickest, and neatest oil change I have ever accomplished.
     
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  12. Oct 13, 2010 at 7:21 AM
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    Ordered one for my dads Yukon XL the drain plug is horizontal so I dont think it will have the ground clearance problem.
     
  13. Oct 13, 2010 at 9:34 AM
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    YES...I am very pleased with my purchase and would absolutely do it again if I had to. I have completed 5 oil changes (Jeep GC and Taco) and do not recall spilling a single drip on my clean concrete driveway. I used to pull the truck in my yard to change the oil because I ALWAYS had some spilage. I also like to change my oil when it's heated up and have burnt my hand on hot oil. Not to mention needing to dig the plug out of the oil basin. That sucks! With the Fumoto, I never need to touch the oil. It drains right into a container, I put the lid on and store it away until it's time to recycle.

    As mentioned above, the plug has notches that allow the oil to drain down to the bottom of the pan. Even if some oil remained in the pan (and it probably does when using Fumoto or not), it's not going to make a difference in the performance in the other 5.49qts of new oil that is in there.

    I would not worry at all about something grabbing the lever and pulling it down accidentally. It does not move that easily and it needs to be moved out and down to be opened.

    I do not off-road and never drive over anything that could potentially rip the plug off. If I did, the same obstacles could punch a hole in my drain pan and I wouldn't know it. That danger is always going to exist if you drive over rocks or logs.
    Its not the lowest part of the vehicle either.

    And if you are getting one, get the nipple. Its a couple more dollars but having the oil drain into a container with a lid is awesome. It does move slowly so give yourself about 10 minutes to drain. During that time, I change the oil and air filters and give the truck a look-over to ensure nothing else is damaged. Or...I sit back and have a beer!
    I no longer need to pour the oil from the big open pan, into a funnel that is carefully balanced in the opening of a container.

    Bar-none...the Fumoto is absolutely worth the investment! And no, I do not have an affiliation with the company...I just like doing clean and simple oil changes.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I will be ordering one this week.
     
  15. Oct 13, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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    16304 posts. That's impressive. I've always wondered how people get thousands of posts. I'm on here all the time and only have 1,185. Oh well, I have a ImpulseRed access cab too. I'm thinking of doing the Fumoto thing. Let us know how you like it. Thanks. Curious George
     
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    Thought I'd chime in with my own experiences with this...

    Well, first things first, would I buy it again? I see it more of a convenience thing. Sure, it makes it a bit more convenient not having to deal with a bolt and washer to change the oil, but I really wouldn't call it a necessity either. As stated previously, the oil does come out slower and there's very little risk of spills.

    While its draining, I really dont find the slower flow to be an issue, as I rotate tires, grease driveshaft, check other fluids/belts/hoses/air filter to even notice its taking a little longer.

    As far as the concerns about it getting hit, I went off road a few times (before I got my skid plate) with no concern about it, but I didn't do anything huge either. On my engine, the oil pan is offset enough that it'd take a very strange occurrence to snag on something. After I put on my Bud Built skid plate, I have absolutely zero concerns about it getting hit. The downside is that although I'm sure I could find a way to work the lever with the skid plate on, I've just found it easier to just take it off for the oil change.
     
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    is there anyplace that sells these that takes paypal?
     
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    Great reviews being added to this thread!

    Its also nice to hear that a skid plate covers the valve and eliminates the risk while off-roading. If I'm off-roading on trails that have the potential of ripping a Fumoto off, I'm going to purchase a skid plate. Again, if it can rip the valve off, it can rip a hole in your pan too. I would not be concerned if I was driving down dirt trails without large rocks or logs.

    Also, several people have mentioned the longer drain time with a Fumoto. This isn't something I would even put into my considerations of buy-or-not-to-buy. You should never be rushed if you are working on a vehicle - its exactly how accidents happen. This enables you to work on other areas (air filter, oil filter, tire rotation, etc) while its draining. It hasn't created a problem for me in the least.

    And with the drain cup that surrounds the oil filter in the 2nd gens, you can now change your oil without spilling even a drop on other parts or the driveway. I have a tube connected to the drain valve in the pan around the filter and drain that directly into a container as well. I've never had an easier time changing oil than on this vehicle.

    The wifes Jeep has a terrible oil filter location and it drips all over the frame cross member and usually onto the driveway. But I bought a Fumoto for her plug too - so at least that part is clean and drip free.

    As for Paypal...have you called the company to ask if they will accept it? It may not be listed on their site but they may still accept it. Otherwise, buy it off Ebay.
     
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