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Changing oil filters

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I read this hint elswhere and thought it an excellent idea. Crack your old oil filter loose and then put a zip lock bag over it before you unscrew the filter. That will capture most of the dirty oil and you can zip the top and discard your filter. Changing filters can be a messy job with oil getting all over everything.

 

So I pirated this idea and put it here hoping many of you will benefit.

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Re: Changing oil filters

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I always use an old dishwasher drain hose, that has the same diameter on the inside, as the hex head on the drain plug.

I get it loose and almost to the end of the threads....  then I jam the heavy rubber hose on the drain head, then twist the hose to the left until the plug comes out...then I hold the hose over the drain pan a few seconds for it to lose some of the oil..... then wipe it away with a clean rag.

Saves some oily and toasted fingers that way! Smiley Happy

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Re: Great Idea!

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Hey Don, That is a good tip.   I have a 4230 with one of those sideways screwed on filters and, yes they get all over the place if you aren't careful.

I will have to give that a try on the next change....Thanks!

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Re: Changing oil filters

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Did they have any ideas for taking the plug out with out getting hot oil on your hand?

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Re: Changing oil filters

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I always use an old dishwasher drain hose, that has the same diameter on the inside, as the hex head on the drain plug.

I get it loose and almost to the end of the threads....  then I jam the heavy rubber hose on the drain head, then twist the hose to the left until the plug comes out...then I hold the hose over the drain pan a few seconds for it to lose some of the oil..... then wipe it away with a clean rag.

Saves some oily and toasted fingers that way! Smiley Happy

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Re: Changing oil filters

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I'll have to remember that.  I usually use a rubber glove but have dropped the drain plug a couple times.  No fun when I'm draining a tractor.  GRRRR!!!!

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Re: Changing oil filters

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Anybody have any ideas for getting rid of the air bubbles in the verticle filter on our John Deere tractors.  No matter how slow or careful you try to unscrew them it is like they always air lock when you take the filter off and that oil bubble always makes such a  darn mess.  In our 4440 I pulled the little drain plug out of the filter housing and put length of small pipe with a cap on the end long enough to clear the tractor and loader frame to drain the filter and not make such a mess.

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Re: Great Idea!

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I went with femco drain plugs twenty years ago. Never regretted it. No more splash on the floor when taking out the plug. You can stop the flow to change buckets or rig up hose right to oil drain pan. Some will balk at the cost, but have spent money on dumber things. Saw the hint about the zip lock bag and wondering if a person will have trouble turning it with warm oil in between the two. Really need that hint for the filters on a nh t9030. Poor engineering putting the filters above the wiring on the hyd filter head. 

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Good Idea Mr Kraft, unless you have an 86 series IH. The filter is on upside down.

 

Another hint, losen the filter while it is still hot, turns much easier.

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Re: Changing oil filters

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Hawken:

 

Thanks for the link. How much do they cost?

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