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Old 12-04-2012, 07:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What a mess!

Completed my first oil change yesterday and although everything is very accessable, I was caught by suprise when the oil gushed out of the oil pan!! I was quick enough to raise the catch pan quickly, but the resulting slash was very messy. Then that tiny filter drained a large amount of oil before I twisted it completely off to drain same. This is not how my 7.3 acted.
So first thing this a.m. I ordered my Fumoto Oil Drain Plug similar to what I had on my 7.3. I can then add a small piece of hose to reduce spillage to almost nothing.
It should be noted that my pan has a standard plug, not that yellow gizmo I watched on UTUBE. As such, ordering from Fumoto was possible.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Has anybody noticed that the oil pan is different on the 2012 F550 than on the 2011F 250? My F550 has a steel pan with a regular threaded drain plug as opposed to the plastic pan and quarter turn drain plug of the 11 250.
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mine is steel and reg plug it's a 250
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Has anybody noticed that the oil pan is different on the 2012 F550 than on the 2011F 250? My F550 has a steel pan with a regular threaded drain plug as opposed to the plastic pan and quarter turn drain plug of the 11 250.
Yeah, Ford changed it in Nov 2011. I had to "train" my dealer about this. They didn't have a clue when I picked my truck up last March.
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Have Fumoto waiting to be installed once I drain the oil in the next couple of weeks!!!
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I've just never found it a big deal. Even with my 1/4 turn yellow plug.

I put a 5 gallon pail in line with the oil drain and pull the plug. at first it arches to the far side of the bucket and as it slows it drips straight down to the near side of the bucket.

I punch the filter and let it drain for a bit before I start to turn it.
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The normal method Painted, but when you use a flat catch pail from the 7.3 era, where the oil does not shoot out with the intensity of the 6.7 , you have to react to the extra flow.
The oil filter drips as you unscrew it for several minutes longer than the 7.3 which is yet another, but minor suprise. (I drain filter after it is off)
We have adapted and we will overcome and this was never a big deal, just a messy observation.
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I have the steel pan and last time I changed the oil I still had a huge mess. Don't remember what went wrong, but I do remember the big mess! I was glad that I had already ordered a Fumoto valve (yes, I was thinking ahead), and put it on after the mess was cleaned up.

I'll be due for the second oil change any time now, and am actually looking forward to it!

One thing nice about the Fumoto is you can get a sample of oil if you want for analysis.

Also, I have a small, portable plastic oil pan that only holds 10 quarts that I like. I just shut off the Fumoto after it gets about 3/4 full, empty the plastic pan, and then continue.
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Sliding a 5 gallon bucket under the drain solved any mess issues for me.


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Greetings, Friends!
Here's a trick I learned and previously posted here years ago:
Remove the oil fill cap under the hood and put the hose of your shop vac over it & turn the vac on. No, you are NOT going to vaccuum oil out of the engine. 'Just putting a little negative pressure (vaccuum) on the internals which won't hurt a thing. Have a catch pan in place just in case & remove the drain plug. At this point no oil should drain out, but you should hear air bubbling up through the oil which still won't hurt a thing. Go back up top and remove the shop vac hose from the oil fill tube and the oil will drain normally. You have just avoided the dreaded "oil bath".
My 6.7 hasn't been delivered yet so I haven't done an oil change on one of these yet, but it seems to me that this shop vac trick should also work for removing the filter without a mess. Maybe someone will give it a try & let us know how it works.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Now that is a new one! Thanks....
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Oops! I forgot to mention that I've installed several Fomoto valves for friends WITHOUT draining the oil using my "shop vac trick".
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So someone could crawl under the truck and open this valve? By hand? Hmm sounds like convenience but sceptical.
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So someone could crawl under the truck and open this valve? By hand? Hmm sounds like convenience but sceptical.

Does anyone know where I can get a FOMOTO valve, that is being referred to here?
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