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One of those weeks...

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by JKD, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Sep 27, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    JKD [OP] Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    It hasn't been a great week anyway, but I thought I'd do something useful today and change the oil in my truck. Its the first oil change, and I let it go a little longer (3700 miles) than I wanted to (2500 miles).

    I thought about just waiting to the 5000 mark, but I wanted to get a sample of the factory fill oil for analysis.

    First I had to track down the filter, because the Napa Gold (Wix) filter I bought wasn't the same size as the OEM filter. Various threads told me that yes, this was a correct replacement, the original filter is larger than the standard replacement. OK.

    So I get the truck up on ramps, open the hood, drain the oil and attach the filter-drain hose. I go to remove the filter...and my best filter wrench doesn't size down far enough for this filter. After a few minutes of cursing, I get my web-belt style wrench on there and crank it over with my 1/2" drive torque wrench...filter comes right off, oil drains through the little hose right into the bucket. So far, so good.

    Wait. I forgot to take the oil sample.

    I drained the oil into my communal 5gal oil bucket, so I can't get a sample from there.

    Now I'm draining my filter into the Blackstone sample bottle, hoping I can get enough to do some sort of analysis. They do say they can use oil from the filter, so long as you tell them so when you submit it.

    I punctured it on the end with a pair of dykes. It's up to about a half sample jar now...drip....drip...drip... we'll see how much I have by morning.

    Not my day. At least the truck has fresh Mobil Drive Clean 5000 5w30 and a fresh filter. Next change (which I will do in about 3500 miles) will be to synthetic.

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