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Re: Why I change my own oil, well, one of many reasons...

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I have had them on two Ford Superduty's F-250/F-350, two Ford F-150's, two Jeep Grand Cherokee's, one Jeep Liberty, and one Ford Focus. That has been over a 15 year period with alot of mild off road use in the Jeep's and Ford trucks and I have never had one fail or get damaged. Very solid item in my opinion.
Thanks for the information. I guess I'll have to look into this some more.

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No chance of that on the hemi, the drain plug is positioned way up there. You would have to tear off the entire belly pan to even get near it. You must have the V6 I think it is lower on it. The 106S has a very short nipple. Use that one with the plastic elbow if using a hose and the elbow will just pop off if it gets hit. No guarantees but the 106S may help minimize the hanging down. Double check fitment 106S fits hemi not sure about v6.
I have the EcoDiesel and did my own oil change about 2 weeks ago. There is an opening in the skid plate for the drain plug but I'm not too sure I'd want to have something stick down below the skid plate. I'll have to do some more research and find the over length and see where it would sit if I installed one. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Why I change my own oil, well, one of many reasons...

Get a quality drain plug, Gold Plug LLC – Magnetic Drain Plugs

These are nice plugs with strong magnets.
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Thanks for the information. I guess I'll have to look into this some more.



I have the EcoDiesel and did my own oil change about 2 weeks ago. There is an opening in the skid plate for the drain plug but I'm not too sure I'd want to have something stick down below the skid plate. I'll have to do some more research and find the over length and see where it would sit if I installed one. Thanks for the info.
I also have one on the diesel and have a skid plate. It hangs about 10mm below and so I made an aluminium checker plate cover and drilled and tapped some holes to secure it to the skid plate. I put a bulge in the checker plate with a ball peen hammer to clear the Fumoto by a few mm.

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Why I change my own oil, well, one of many reasons...

The dealer stripped the head of my drain plug. Had to get a new one in the middle of changing the oil myself when I discovered this. It's a little hard to drive when I had already removed the oil filter. Had to ask my dad to come over and stop by Autozone to get a new one. Never again will a dealer or any other oil change place change my oil. I have lots of other experiences with incompetent dealers and Jensen tire breaking parts when changing oil.
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Re: Why I change my own oil, well, one of many reasons...

I cringe a little every time I do the first oil change after we purchase a new (to us) car. I am not anxious to do the first one in the 2013 Ram we just bought. Every time, the dealer has tightened the oil plug down far too much. I have had to replace several of them.
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Re: Why I change my own oil, well, one of many reasons...

It just blows my mind how stupid some people can be. People that literally only have one job....to change oil, and they still can't get it right.
I'm another person who would normally do all his own maintenance, but I had a complimentary first oil change which I had done a couple weeks ago. So I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed when it comes time to do the second one myself that they didn't royally F it up. If they did I will absolutely bring it to their attention. Why do people continually think it's necessary to torque the shit out of things like drain plugs and lug nuts???
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Or sometimes they dont bother tightening it at all. There was some guy on here that the dealership didnt bother to tighten the drainplug. His wife was driving it and plug fell out and dumped the oil pan contents on the street. The wife kept driving until a safe parking lot to pull over. I cant imagine the engine liked that. If i remember correctly the dealer filled it back up and sent them on their way. Who knows the long term damage that may have been done.
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Re: Why I change my own oil, well, one of many reasons...

ive changed my oil twice now on my v6 overland and have never went underneath the truck. i bought an oil extractor that i insert into the dipstick tube until it hits the bottom of the oil pan and 20 minutes later i have sucked out all the oil. no muss no fuss. replace the filter put in the 6 qts of oil and i am done in less than 30 minutes.
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Re: Why I change my own oil, well, one of many reasons...

I always change my own oil! I had an SRT which required 0w-40 synthetic, I got 3 free oil changes with purchase. tech put regular oil in but I was able to see what was happening before the started the car, and made them drain it out and put in the mobil 1 as required.
as far as the fumoto valve, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!!!! here is why: years ago I was in the petroleum transportation business, and installed a fumoto valve on a 2 mack tractors. 2:00 am one January morning it was 6 degrees after a snowstorm the previous day. 60 mph up the highway and some unknown object, a piece of ice probably, broke that thing clean off causing the loss of all 58 qts. of oil. the shutdown system did its job and saved the engine and I was able to get off the roadway. I had to wait for a friend to retrieve the original plug, tools, and oil from my shop, get it out to me, and then try to remove the broken piece from the pan- it warmed up by then to 9 degrees. thanks to the highway patrol for the hot coffee and letting me warm up in their cars, AND NO THANKS TO A FUMOTO VALVE!!
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Re: Why I change my own oil, well, one of many reasons...

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I always change my own oil! I had an SRT which required 0w-40 synthetic, I got 3 free oil changes with purchase. tech put regular oil in but I was able to see what was happening before the started the car, and made them drain it out and put in the mobil 1 as required.
as far as the fumoto valve, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!!!! here is why: years ago I was in the petroleum transportation business, and installed a fumoto valve on a 2 mack tractors. 2:00 am one January morning it was 6 degrees after a snowstorm the previous day. 60 mph up the highway and some unknown object, a piece of ice probably, broke that thing clean off causing the loss of all 58 qts. of oil. the shutdown system did its job and saved the engine and I was able to get off the roadway. I had to wait for a friend to retrieve the original plug, tools, and oil from my shop, get it out to me, and then try to remove the broken piece from the pan- it warmed up by then to 9 degrees. thanks to the highway patrol for the hot coffee and letting me warm up in their cars, AND NO THANKS TO A FUMOTO VALVE!!
Not to mention the additional metal shavings left inside the pan due to a smaller diameter drain. I used one of those magnetic plugs before, it was excellent. After the first oil change after installation there was plenty of stuff stuck to it. The second change after that was much cleaner and so on.
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Not to mention the additional metal shavings left inside the pan due to a smaller diameter drain. I used one of those magnetic plugs before, it was excellent. After the first oil change after installation there was plenty of stuff stuck to it. The second change after that was much cleaner and so on.
That's why I would not use a suction method either.

You want hot, mixed, flowing out fast to get as much crud out as you can.

It probably won't make a huge difference though. Most important is that you change the oil on some regular basis.
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for 31 dollars, its not worth my time and effort to change my own oil. Then I have to get rid of the used oil. More time.... no thanks.
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