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daffydak
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6/07/2004
01:00:47

Subject: skidplate obstructing oil change....
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Iím not sure if this is the correct board to post this in but here goes.....

Is there an easier way to change my oil, with my factory skid plate system (00 CC 4.7L auto)

The little square hole that "allows" the oil to drain is my problem. Not access to the filter or the drain plug. I changed my oil for the first time on this truck last week, and made a HUGE mess!!

It poured out hit the skid plate and splashed up onto the exhaust pipe. Then after about 30 seconds it was fine (it flowed through the hole without contacting the skid plate) all said and done i had about 1.5 quarts of oil on my driveway!!

Maybe i can use a wide, shallow funnel to change my oil. Or the fram sure drain system.....

Again my apologies if this is in the wrong board...


Dan

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forexfour
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6/07/2004
11:34:06

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YEP that is another crappy thing about the stock plates. Use a drain tube attachment. That is what I use now but the custom plates we designed fixed that problem.

It really sucks that the stock ones do that.



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daffydak
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6/07/2004
13:23:40

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i saw something called the "fumoto valve" (www.fumotovalve.com) that looks promising. as does the fram sure drain... the only thing is I need to remove the stock plug to put something else in... I have a feeling i'm going to make a mess again.
maybe just this one time I could change the oil cold, so it will be thicker and (hopefully) not gush as fast and make a mess!!

thanks

Dan

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6/08/2004
17:10:50

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Take the skid plate off to do your next oil change , and then install the Fram sure drain plug....just make sure you purchase the Fram kit before you drain your oil , unless you have another veh. to take to the parts store while yours is in the driveway with no oil plug in it!



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6/09/2004
00:48:48

RE: skidplate obstructing oil change....
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how hard is it to take off? would it mention skidplate removal, in my haynes repair manual?

thanks again

Dan

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6/09/2004
13:33:48

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Summit Racing sells a very nice drain valve for about $22. Made by Fumoto, PN FUM-F101N should fit your pan, it fits my 5.9, anyway.

You simply slip any 3/8 hose over the hose barb and turn the valve to drain the oil directly in to a container. I've been using this valve on a variety of cars for about 15 years without any problems.

I would avoid the Fram part. You have to have the specail Fram drain hose to make it work, So if you lose it you're stuck. And it's a smaller opening, so it takes longer to drain.



daffydak
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6/09/2004
13:57:39

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i was leaning towards the fumoto valve for that very reason (sure drain hose) and i like to stay away from the fram name as much as possible!! when i got my dak, there was a fram air filter in it. the next day i went out and bought a napa gold filter and tossed the fram :-)

thanks

Dan

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forexfour
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6/10/2004
10:10:17

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I use the drain tube as well. The new plug you attach has a cap that covers the drain valve and you take it off and put on the drain hose when changing and just flow it to your oil container directly with no mess.

The Rancho lift has a support crossmember that the oil drians on and drips down to the new skid plate and makes a frickin mess but not as bad as the stock skid plate.



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6/14/2004
11:12:33

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I wasn't sure that I trusted the drain valves, and I didn't want to drop the skidplate with every oil change. So I took a plastic one gallon jug, cut the bottom half off, and cut a bit more here and there (towards the front) to make a splash guard.

Now I just loosen the drain plug, put the splash guard in place, drain the oil, put the plug in, and wipe off the splash guard.



daffydak
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6/14/2004
12:58:41

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thanks lurkin, that sounds like a capitol idea. i was thinking something like that (maybe a 2 liter bottle) so i wouldnt have a huge mess every 3k miles LOL!

Dan

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6/22/2004
19:30:12

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I dropped my skid plate off, not hard. I used a jack to lift it back into place to put the bolts back in. Then I used a 2 liter soda bottle with the cap on to take off the filter. 2000 CC 4.7L, it went a hell of alot easier than I thought it would.



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6/22/2004
20:28:09

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i think i'm going to try the milk jug idea. or buy one of those funnels with the plastic tube that leads off the end (like a beer bong LOL) maybe that will help a little bit. i am going to buy the fumoto valve, but i need to drain it one more time the old fashioned way to install it....

thanks again!

Dan

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