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No Drip Oil Change. It's Easy

Warm your car up, it is better to change warm oil, more contaminates are removed.
Then pull up onto the Rhino ramps.
Use 16mm socket to remove drain plug, after loosening plug I use one hand to finish unscrewing plug while other hand holds the oil catch pan under/infront of drain hole. Drain, replace plug.

Remove the three 8mm bolts that hold rear flap up. Your oil catch pan has about 5.5 qts of old oil so it weighs 8 or 9 pounds now. It can easily push/hold back the plastic flap back past verticle. Now just center it under the old oil filter.
One hint, if you are removing the old filter from above be super careful not to let it slip through your oily fingers. It plops into the catch pan making a huge mess(did that once), removing from below is safer.
Replace filter, put in 6qts 5w-20. Enjoy your clean, kitty litter free driveway. It's soo EASY!

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-01-2012
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I,m getting ready to change mine for the first, good info. Thanks this will likely save some oil spills.

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That is a lot of work for an oil change =)
 
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That is a lot of work for an oil change =)
For the peace of mind it's done right....no, not really.

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Thanks.
I have been having the Mustang's oil changed, but since I do all kinds of work on my other cars, your note has inspired me to do my oil next time up.
Funny how I don't hesitate to swap an engine in an antique car but I send the modern cars to the shop for simple things.
Is there any kind of computer reset involved?
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Thanks.
I have been having the Mustang's oil changed, but since I do all kinds of work on my other cars, your note has inspired me to do my oil next time up.
Funny how I don't hesitate to swap an engine in an antique car but I send the modern cars to the shop for simple things.
Is there any kind of computer reset involved?
yes, i believe you scroll through the information bar where it tells you "engine oil life, press to reset" then you hit reset.

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Not to steal your glory, but I made a sort of "how-to" a while back that should help newbies...

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Hey everyone. I gave my Sixxer her first oil change today. I've read a bunch of questions by people who were uncertain about changing the oil or who had questions about the filter and such, or people who are just new to cars in general and have no idea how to do it, so I took some pictures.


Here's the set up:





Note: You only see 5 liters of oil in the pic, I had a spare liter of 5W-20 not shown that I had to put in.

First things first: drain the oil.

To do this, locate the oil drain plug on the oil sump. Its located facing the passenger side of the car. I did not take a 'before' pic of me unscrewing the screw, but this should help you nonetheless:






I had used an adjustable ratchet to remove the screw. Was not difficult, but required a little force to break the screw loose.

Next thing on the list is to change the oil filter (if you choose to). Which I did. To get to it from the bottom, you have to remove 3 bolts which are really easy and the bottom of the car even tells you where (and has arrows pointing to their locations.) Once unscrewed, the panel just swings down and you have easy access to the filter.





I chose to remove the filter from the top:



Then I drained the oil, by routing it with a cardboard piece, so as to avoid getting dirty oil on wires that just happen to be in the way:



That's it. Real easy.
By the way, I no longer use WIX after that oil filter. It started leaking oil after a few thousand miles.

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It is a lot of work. I rather pay the 20 bucks and have someone else do it. At the cost of oil, it's cheaper to let a shop do it. Still nice write up.
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I need to work on pulling the filter without spilling the oil everywhere, my first attempt failed at that. Before I do it next time I am thinking of getting one of those "form a funnel" things.

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Best advice for a no drip oil change...patience. If you're in no rush you'll make less mistakes. Granted it is just an oil change but I recognize there are people that aren't too familiar with doing their own oil changes.. Or you can pay to have it done but personally I like the satisfaction of doing my own work to my vehicle.

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Great Saturday activity to do in nice fall air while you're ignoring Ivy League games while waiting for the real football to start on TV. And I loved Solidhadriel's full frontal explicit pictures this early in the morning....
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The local dealer still does it for $19.95. I'll let them do it till I am out of 5/50 warranty. I don't think I can do it myself any cheaper.

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Dead on, Deadstick. At that price, I can't beat it. Just be sure to bring a MM&FF or Race Pages to replace the stuff in the dealer waiting area.
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Right some folks don't want to change it themselves bit of a messy job.But I doubt the dealer will put in synth for $19.99!

I still do what I can myself for piece of mind, also good time to take a look under there and spray bushings, steering boots, take a look a wrong for any issues.

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That is a lot of work for an oil change =)
"Work" is just time, whether you change the oil or not the time will pass. Taking it to a shop costs money, I have to go to "work" to earn that money. I try to never pay someone to do something that I can do myself.

Last weekend I changed the oil and rotated the tires, it took less then two hours.

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