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Old 09-10-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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Oil Change Question

On my 2011 Ford V-10 the oil filter is above the oil reservoir by 5" or so. The filter screws in straight up into the pump so when you unscrew it no oil spills out w/the exception of what's in the pump. Do you see any problem w/removing the filter first, catching that oil and filter in the bucket, dispose of that mess then drain the rest of the oil from the pan?

I did just the opposite and made a royal mess when I dropped the filter into the bucket with 7 quarts of drain oil.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:30 PM   #2
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The idea is to get all the old oil out so I don't see a problem. If possible I do like to fill the new filter before installing it. One of our cars has the filter on sideways so that doesn't work out.

There are oil drain pans with a small section with knob in the back made to set filter on to drain and keep them out of the lake of oil if you look around.
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I use the quick valve that screws into the drain plug hole in the oil pan. No more mess, and with a length of clear plastic hose I can monitor to make certain that all oil has drained from the pan. I simply use plastic jugs to fill and then take to recycle. No more mess from oil dripping onto the cross member! Best purchase related to oil changes that I have ever made.

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Poke It!

You ought to try the filter in a Cat! They hold 2 quarts of oil and are fairly heavy for one hand. And with the 19 other quarts in the drain pan you sure don't want to drop it.

I learned to poke a hole in the bottom of the filter and let it drain before taking it off.

You might want to loosen the filter a bit first, drains better.
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:32 PM   #5
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You ought to try the filter in a Cat! They hold 2 quarts of oil and are fairly heavy for one hand. And with the 19 other quarts in the drain pan you sure don't want to drop it.

I learned to poke a hole in the bottom of the filter and let it drain before taking it off.

You might want to loosen the filter a bit first, drains better.

Ya no what you are talking about, try 37 qt in the C-9.
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Yeah, I got lucky

The drain pan I have just barely holds the 19. You know I bought the motorhome to fit the drain pan!
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Oil change 101, remove oil filter first. I was an auto mechanic for a few years and that was the 1st lesson I was taught by the "old timer" I was working with. Of course I did not believe him, until the first time I dropped the oil filter into a pan full of oil. What a mess that makes.
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As mentioned above I do sometimes (depending on which vehicle) drill a hole in the filter to drain the oil from the filter so I get less mess with removing the filter. I ALWAYS make sure the filter will unscrew before drilling the hole. Would be a real pain to not be able to remove the filter after it was drained, no?
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i use one of those oil drain pans with a sloped top and a small hole that lets the oil into the lower section of the pan. i let the oil start draining into the pan and go get a drink. when i am done, the oil is all in the pan, so i reinstall the drain plug. then i remove the oil filter enough to let it drain into the pan, while i go and prep the new filter (very light film of silicone grease on the rubber gasket). by the time thats done the filter is cool enough to handle, so off it comes. clean off the filter adapter, and spin on the new one. 6 quarts of oil in, fire it up, check for oil pressure and leaks. done. usually without drips!
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You ought to try the filter in a Cat! They hold 2 quarts of oil and are fairly heavy for one hand. And with the 19 other quarts in the drain pan you sure don't want to drop it.
Same on our ISC.
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while i go and prep the new filter (very light film of silicone grease on the rubber gasket).
Ours just calls for motor oil, no grease, in fact it specifically says not to use grease as I remember.
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Thank you to all who responded to my question. I'm new to DIY oil changes and your insight is very helpful. My wife & I just saved ourselves the cost of a brick & mortar oil change minus the supplies.

We own a 2012 Newmar Bay Star 3305, purchased it at Independence RV in Winter Garden, FL last February.
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BTW the valve mentioned is a Fumoto valve. They are very helpful but a little slow draining. In our case a Cummins ISC the capacity is 24 qts. I also attach a hose and drain into the gallon jugs that last oil change came in. Very neat unless you forget about it and overflow one Any guesses how I know.
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Thank you to all who responded to my question. I'm new to DIY oil changes and your insight is very helpful. My wife & I just saved ourselves the cost of a brick & mortar oil change minus the supplies.

We own a 2012 Newmar Bay Star 3305, purchased it at Independence RV in Winter Garden, FL last February.


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