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Oil Change Procedures

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by T Fades, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Aug 17, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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    T Fades

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    Hi All,

    Read the thread about oil changes, however I do have a question for ya.

    What are your thoughts about removing the drain plug first to let the majority of the oil drain, then remove the filter. Was thinking less oil would need to travel from the oil filter 'housing' to the drain pan and possibly be less of a chance to make a complete mess of things.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Aug 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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    I always take the plug out first and let it drain then take the filter off.
     
  3. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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  4. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:04 PM
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    Since the filter is up so high, I'd think that any oil that could be drained from it would already be out even if the oil pan was still full.
     
  5. Aug 17, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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    Yea, that makes sense since the fiter is very high up in the engine bay.
     
  6. Aug 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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  7. Aug 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM
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    Yeah, I've seen threads where people remove the filter 1st and all kinds of issues with drips from the filter and needing to connect a drain tube...

    I always change the oil when the engine is cold and all the oil has drained from the filter and settle in the oil pan. You get a more complete oil change that way. No issues with drips from the inverted oil filter or splashed by hot oil, etc.

    I also lube the filter O ring with a bit of oil and hand tight the filter + 1/4 turn. Pretty much when I'm ready to change the filter next time, I can hand loosen too.


    My challenge in each oil change is no a drop anywhere.
     
  8. Aug 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM
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    I'm changing my oil this saturday. Last time a lot of oil was left in the filter and was a mess as I took it off. This got me to thinking. If I first drain the oil, then start the truck for 5 seconds or so, would this pump all remaining oil out of the filter and into the drain pan? Or would it not be useful?
     
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    Well, I won't do it if it's a bad thing, obviously. Not even a crank or two?
     
  12. Aug 31, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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  13. Sep 1, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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    Doesn't matter,,, as someone already posted, any _quality filter_ will have an anti-drain back valve in the filter. Oil will always be in the filter whether you drain it cold, or warm it up a bit.
     
  14. Sep 1, 2011 at 6:39 AM
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    The idea of taking the filter off first comes from people dropping the pan plug and then not being able to remove the filter that had been torqued on way too tight , then they would have to refill with clean oil and run with a dirty filter.
     
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