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So I haven't really seen anybody complain about this, but it has been a huge peeve of mine since my first oil change. I remember when I bought my truck and the dealer showed me the up top oil filter I thought how convenient and innovative that is...

I just changed my oil a couple days ago and it reminded me how much of a PITA that stupid location for a filter is...although as a side note i would like some suggestions...but it just drains oil over everything when you pull it...

Just thought I would see if others were as annoyed as I was a couple days ago when oil dripped over stuff...AGAIN...

have a good one

Kai
 

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No problem here, I love the convenience and in about a half-dozen oil changes, not a drop spilled yet.

What some guys do: punch a hole in the top of the filter prior to removal. This lets most of the oil drain down into the engine.

Another very common trick is to remove the small plug from the drain nipple under the filter, and place a container so the oil will drip into it when you remove the filter.

What I do: I ran a few feet of clear plastic tubing from the above mentioned nipple downward so it will drip into my drainpan. After several minutes, I tuck the end of the tubing up near the frame & out of sight.

Use whatever works best for you -- but there's no need for an oily mess.
 

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that "poke a hole in the filter" method is BS.
It doesnt drain out, it sits at the bottom of the filter and oozes out.

I agree, it is a PITA.

I just let it drain into a cup.
 

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Based on someone's suggestion here on TS, I have used the poke a hole in the filter technique on every oil change I have done after my first one. If I give it a while to drain, I don't get any oil running out of the filter when I remove it.
 

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Take off the black cap. Hook up a clear flexible drain tube to it. Then route it so it comes out just below the hole in the skid plate. Trim it off, and zip tie it to the radiator hose. Simple!:tu:

This truck is a BREEZE to do oil changes on.:)
 

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I just pull the black rubber plug on the bottom of the oil filter housing, stick an old oil container under the plug hole and remove the filter slowly. No mess yet!!
 

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Or a Jeep Liberty. I was ready to drive to Detroit to strangle someone the first time I changed the oil in my Renegade. You have to reach it from underneath, put your arm up behind the bumper, over the sway bar, and behind the radiator fan shroud. The oil that comes out then has to drain down a chute to the other side of the car where it spills out through a hole in the skid plate.


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What some guys do: punch a hole in the top of the filter prior to removal. This lets most of the oil drain down into the engine.
Exactly what I do. Learned if from past RX-7 days because the oil filters where mounted in the same orientation. If you didn't punch a hole in the top and let it drain for at least an hour (I let mine drain over night), then oil would puke all over the place.

Another very common trick is to remove the small plug from the drain nipple under the filter, and place a container so the oil will drip into it when you remove the filter.
Yep ... that's what that drain and catch basin is for. Some people don't even know that drain is there ... LOL.
 

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Exactly what I do. Learned if from past RX-7 days because the oil filters where mounted in the same orientation. If you didn't punch a hole in the top and let it drain for at least an hour (I let mine drain over night), then oil would puke all over the place.



Yep ... that's what that drain and catch basin is for. Some people don't even know that drain is there ... LOL.
Same here. Easiest oil I have ever changed especially with the drain plug. Now the 06 Mustang...that is messy and thank goodness I have small hands...
 

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since we r on a kick about oil changes.....try an 02 f150 with the 4.6 v8......gotta reach up thru the frame, then turn into a contortionist to get the filter past the steering shaft:td:, basically compared to anything, the tacomas are cake!!:tu:
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I have an '05 F150 4x4. I wish my arm was made of rubber during the oil change because I'd have better luck getting at the filter. I put the filter on just tight enough -- no more. That's because it is very difficult to get an oil filter wrench in that tight spot. Easier to do the change by hand, but still a pain.

My tacoma is a dream to change the oil. Easy vehicle for an oil change, and if you follow the above recommendations you'll limit the mess.

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Take off the black cap. Hook up a clear flexible drain tube to it. Then route it so it comes out just below the hole in the skid plate. Trim it off, and zip tie it to the radiator hose. Simple!:tu:

This truck is a BREEZE to do oil changes on.:)
Yep I did that before I did the first oil change. Works great no mess.
 
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