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Old 06-17-2014, 07:47 AM
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Once my free oil changes are done, I will probably start changing my oil myself. I know many of you already do. I came across some oil drain valve products that replace your conventional oil plug.

Whats the word on these? Good tool? Waste of money? May not drain all oil?

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Old 06-17-2014, 07:57 AM
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Re: Oil Drain Valve

I love these things, IMHO a must have for any DIY'er. I have put them on my last 4 vehicles and have had 0 issues. I actually put one on the SRT with the 1k mile oil change (before I realized I had 4 free oil changes; thank you for that heads up by the way) with the intention of doing my own changes. I do a blackstone labs check with every change so this makes that really easy to do as well. I'll see if I can grab some pictures of mine tonight when I get home.

The common "complaints" that you will find are
1) they leak ---- I have had no leaking or seaping with any of the 4 I have had (ford Focus, totoya tacoma, Lexus IS350, and the beast)
2) They will open on their own --- They have spring tension and a "recess" when closed so unless you are doing some really heavy offroading I don't see how this is even possible
3) If you bottom out it could snap off --- On the SRT if you are doing something where it is to the point of this hitting something you have bigger problems, aka you went flying off the side of the road and completely wrecked your beast.

Sorry for the book, I feel strongly about these things.

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Once my free oil changes are done, I will probably start changing my oil myself. I know many of you already do. I came across some oil drain valve products that replace your conventional oil plug.

Whats the word on these? Good tool? Waste of money? May not drain all oil?

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Old 06-17-2014, 08:18 AM
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Thanks! That information is exactly what i'm looking for!
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:23 AM
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Re: Oil Drain Valve

Makes me wonder at what psi they are rated. Lots will depend on the brand you get. I bet that some cheap china knock off will eventually start leaking.

Another concern, for me, I am kind of paranoid. What if, something or somebody small (a gnome?), a very smart mouse, somehow was able to move that little lever and you started losing oil slowly and eventually lock up the engine. I know it's crazy. How easy are these engaged? Sorry CLS
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Re: Oil Drain Valve

The one in the picture is in the "open" position. When closed, that silver lever is pressed into the notch shown in the pic and held there by the spring. You have to WANT to open it by pressing the lever up and then pushing it sideways. There's no way it's going by itself, and for it to accidentally open would require a major coincidence, as whatever "hit" it would not only have to push it up, but over too. It takes a fair amount of effort to move the lever even after lifting it out of the notch.

Having said all that, I used to use them but no longer do. Mostly because it's not really that hard to twist the bolt with a wrench. That's not really the hardest part of an oil change.

Still I was satisfied with mine, they work, don't leak (at least mine never did) and are very unlikely to open by accident. I just don't see a huge benefit. Are they better? Sure, but not a big deal to me. They are nice if you need a sample as jbbones says, and they are nice if you accidentally overfill, and they do save a little time and effort - one less wrench to grab.
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Re: Oil Drain Valve

After that explanation I feel much better
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Re: Oil Drain Valve

I know some people who are paranoid about them and put a zip tie over the valve so it cant open or be tampered with until you cut the zip tie off. Thought it was a pretty good way to ensure it doesent open.
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^Another good solution for the crazy people!
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Re: Oil Drain Valve

So do you like attach a tube to one end of that to drain it (to avoid mess?). Pretty cool, where do you get one at? Is there a specific size we need?
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So do you like attach a tube to one end of that to drain it (to avoid mess?). Pretty cool, where do you get one at? Is there a specific size we need?
I have found them on many sites. I will probably use Fumoto Valve | Qwik Valve™
Some of the models support the attachment of a hose (nipple at end) one does not.

2014 Jeep SRT present the below models:
http://www.qwikvalve.com/fumoto-f106s-valve.html
http://www.qwikvalve.com/fumoto-f-106-valve.html
http://www.qwikvalve.com/fumoto-f106n-valve.html
http://www.qwikvalve.com/fumoto-f316l-valve.html
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I ordered a fumoto from Amazon (I have amazon prime so free 2 day shipping)


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I prefer using an oil extractor. I have a Mighty-Vac.
No need to slide under the car and remove body panels.
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