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Was looking into putting a Fumoto Valve on the 5.7 for easy oil changes. Product looks great as do reviews. My main concern is that threads for valve could be sticking to far into oil pan causing some oil to be left behind. Not sure if they do though. Any one using one, and if so are you getting all the oil out of pan during a oil change? Thanks
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Was looking into putting a Fumoto Valve on the 5.7 for easy oil changes. Product looks great as do reviews. My main concern is that threads for valve could be sticking to far into oil pan causing some oil to be left behind. Not sure if they do though. Any one using one, and if so are you getting all the oil out of pan during a oil change? Thanks

I have used them on my last 3 vehicles and just installed one on my jeep last weekend. They are awesome Make oil changes a breeze. I don't know for sure about the thread thing I think it depends on the design of the oil pan itself. I'm sure there is a little oil that dosent drain out but you never get it all out anyways.
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Re: Fumoto Valve

Many people use them and like them. I tried one for a few months but 4 issues kept replaying in my mind.

1. It will leave a small amount of oil in the pan, probably an insignificant amount depending on pan design.

2. The drain will take longer because the inner diameter of the hole is reduced, not by much, perhaps a minute or so.

3. Any punk could crawl under your car and flip the level draining your oil.

4. Potential dissimilar metal galvanic corrosion. Not really an issue unless you live where they salt the roads. Never heard of it happening in this application but happened to many owners of Honda Ridgelines for the tranny cooler line fitting into the aluminum radiator.

I couldn't stop thinking of these so I took it off for piece of mind.
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Re: Fumoto Valve

Thanks for the replies. vertkr, Well number 1 on your list is my first major concern, there is that OCD again. I'm sure it is a small amount as well, but I always felt that that was the worst part of oil/junk at the bottom. Number 2 well I don't mind waiting a little bit, gives me time to inspect everything. Number 3, while it is possible, there is a small clamp to go over it to at least make it a little more challenging to just dump it. Now number 4 I guess is another possibility. I had a 2004 Acura MDX, that was traded in for the D, same set up as the Ridgeline and last year I had the trans line strip out of radiator. I thought it was a Steel banjo washer used and that it rusted/reacted with aluminum and expanded which caused trans cooler line out of radiator. Are you sure it was Brass? If so wow, it looked like steel, I should have put a magnet to it before discarding. I was very disappointed and suprised with that design from Honda. Of course this happened the morning after Hurricane Sandy.
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...I thought it was a Steel banjo washer used and that it rusted/reacted with aluminum and expanded which caused trans cooler line out of radiator. Are you sure it was Brass?...
I'm sure your right about the steel washer. I didn't pay close attention as it wasn't an issue for me in California. Still surprised Honda/Denso didn't think that one out. Here's a pic I found for the Ridgeline, clearly the washer was the culprit:
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Yes exactly the same as what I had. I examined new Denso Radiator before installing and it looked like they switched to an aluminum washer.
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