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Easy apartment parking lot oil change #4574961
11/15/17 02:06 PM
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I am reveling in my victory as I finished the easiest, cleanest oil change I've ever had in an apartment parking lot.

I've always done my own oil changes, all the way back to when I was 16. Since I've lived in apartments though, I've dreaded doing it because I didn't have the comfort of a garage to do it in. I was exposed to the elements, namely the wind, which always seemed to play a role in me making a mess. Last oil change, however, I installed a Fumoto drain valve with the idea that I could hook up a hose to it and drain it right back into the oil jug. Well, I just finished the first oil change since installing it and I didn't spill a drop.

While it did take a fair bit longer, and I didn't replace the filter (an Ultra with 5,000 miles on it), I can definitely say that this made the process a much more clean and enjoyable experience.

Also, since this is BITOG, the oil that went in was QSUD 5W-20, replacing the QSUD 5W-30 that went in 5k miles ago. Since I didn't replace the filter, I guess the concoction is a 5W-25. grin



Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: JustN89] #4574968
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Good work! I imagine a car with a top side filter would make apartment changes easy. Use a fluid extractor, then just pull the filter. I know what you mean though, its tough at apartments. From what I've heard people with home owners associations have it bad also.


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Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: JustN89] #4574970
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Nice and clean, do it at night and they will never know!


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Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: JustN89] #4574976
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What's inside diameter of the hose that fits on the Fumoto ?

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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
What's inside diameter of the hose that fits on the Fumoto ?

3/8", I do believe.

Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: HemiHawk] #4574990
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Originally Posted By: HemiHawk
Good work! I imagine a car with a top side filter would make apartment changes easy. Use a fluid extractor, then just pull the filter. I know what you mean though, its tough at apartments. From what I've heard people with home owners associations have it bad also.

I have a bottom side filter, but fortunately it is completely vertical. Next oil change, I'll put a gallon sized ziploc bag around the filter and unscrew it inside the bag. Hopefully, it will all drain into the bag and I can just zip it up and take it to the recycling center along with my used oil. All in the name of no messes! banana

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Yeah! The wind outdoors can blow draining oil all over the place!
I'm used to laying out newspaper under the drain pan to be sure no spills on the driveway!

In the past I'd put a big card board against the side of the car to block the wind!


I guess you slide off the hose when you're done?

Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: JustN89] #4575013
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That looks Nice! With less of a mess...

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Originally Posted By: i_hate_autofraud

Yeah! The wind outdoors can blow draining oil all over the place!
I'm used to laying out newspaper under the drain pan to be sure no spills on the driveway!

In the past I'd put a big card board against the side of the car to block the wind!


I guess you slide off the hose when you're done?

Yeah, I moved the hose around to get the air pocket that formed when it was about done draining to move to the top, then slid the hose off and held it up so that it would finish draining into the jug.

It is a 4.23 quart sump, and I drained out a little over 3.5 quarts. I'm not sure what the capacity of the Fram Ultra filter is, however. I figured that it didn't quite get everything, but I keep my intervals short enough that I'm not too concerned about it.

Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: JustN89] #4575035
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Originally Posted By: JustN89
... Next oil change, I'll put a gallon sized ziploc bag around the filter and unscrew it inside the bag. Hopefully, it will all drain into the bag and I can just zip it up and take it to the recycling center along with my used oil. All in the name of no messes! banana

Can I borrow this idea from you?

This was the only thing missing from my stealth nightly garage HOA oil extractor changes....


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Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: pandus13] #4575067
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Originally Posted By: pandus13
Originally Posted By: JustN89
... Next oil change, I'll put a gallon sized ziploc bag around the filter and unscrew it inside the bag. Hopefully, it will all drain into the bag and I can just zip it up and take it to the recycling center along with my used oil. All in the name of no messes! banana

Can I borrow this idea from you?

This was the only thing missing from my stealth nightly garage HOA oil extractor changes....

Haha, well I haven't tried it yet so I can't speak for its effectiveness. It works in theory though!

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I also have a vertical oil filter that sits under my engine.
When changing the filter I have an old protein powder container I carefully drop the
used filter into and the remaining drips from the engine also go into the container. After it's finished dripping, I fist out the old filter and toss it into a plastic produce bag and dispose of it at an oil recycling facility.


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Reminds me of the days when I was in the Navy changing the oil on my 427 69 Corvette using a tall curb for a ramp on one side. Worked pretty good for lots of undercar work using the terrain as needed. Changed starters, fuel pumps, etc. doing it that way. Got kicked off the base hobby shop because my car was too loud, and had to wing it for awhile.

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Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: i_hate_autofraud] #4575241
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Originally Posted By: i_hate_autofraud

Yeah! The wind outdoors can blow draining oil all over the place!
I'm used to laying out newspaper under the drain pan to be sure no spills on the driveway!

I lay a piece of cardboard about 4'X 6' under the car and do everything on top of that. It's a bit softer than pavement, keeps my clothes cleaner and it catches the little bits of oil that blow around. Never seems to get too oily either, so there must not be that much oil blowing around.


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Re: Easy apartment parking lot oil change [Re: i_hate_autofraud] #4575244
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Originally Posted By: i_hate_autofraud

Yeah! The wind outdoors can blow draining oil all over the place!
I'm used to laying out newspaper under the drain pan to be sure no spills on the driveway!

In the past I'd put a big card board against the side of the car to block the wind!


I guess you slide off the hose when you're done?
I use old pizza boxes to put the pan in. After I'm done I wipe it off and into the recycle bin it goes.,,

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