How long do you let your oil drain during a change?

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I was just wondering what the general thoughts are about draining your oil, ie how long you let it drain? I usually wait a few minutes until it becomes a very slow, light trickle, then I plug it back up and get on with it. I generally spend the draining time cleaning tools and installing the oil filter.
 

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I do other business on the car or in the garage (or have dinner), then go back and complete the job. I try to let it drain at least 15 minutes. Like wavinwayne, I don't obsess over trying to get every last bit out.
 
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Elderly County, Florida
My neighbor lets his drain over night. I would always be worried that someone would jump in the car to go shopping, (wife or daughter) and car would be toast. I let mine drain about 15 minutes.
 
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San Diego, CA
Overnight here. Depending on the engine and the orientation of the vehicle (level ground, etc.), you can sometimes get quite a bit more oil out of it. Best to fill the oil filter with fresh oil before re-installing, too....
 
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Nokesville, VA
Until I get everything cleaned up and the funnel placed for pouring the used oil. I want it done and outta there. Overnight? Hah, if I wanted to WAIT for it I'd take it somewhere to get it done.
 
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I wait until it's a slow drip then I put the plug back in. I also wait until I put the new oil filter on because sometimes the new filter going on causes a slosh of old oil to come out of the drain hole.
 
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Ilinois
I wait as long as it takes me to take the filter off and install the new one. I would think this is about 5-10 mins tops.
 
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WI
30 minutes or so. Long enough to replace the filter, check other fluids and just plain feel good about the job itself.
 
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Silicon Valley
as soon as it start dripping instead of pouring, I tighten the bolt and pour the new oil in. Lots of stuff left? Sure, but then again, if I spend twice as much time changing oil, might as well changing it twice as often right? On $3 filters and $0.49/qt oil, time is the majority of the cost.
 
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Santa Barbara, CA
15 mins or so. I get under the car, pull the plug then (on level ground) when it slows to drips, I jack the car up a good ways and the oil comes out in a thin stream again, when that slows to a drip, I lower the car back down and finish 'er up. Don't worry, I'm not under the car when only the jack is supporting it.
 
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Till I get just a few drips falling...noticed that when I take the filter off(and get a bath on my arm)that the draining picks up again to a steady trickle for a few minutes...must be releasing some sort of vacum Goose [Patriot]
 
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