quote:Wow - ingenious design. What were they thinking? I've heard of some people that take a nail and a hammer and pierce a small hole on the bottom of the filter near the sidewall. Then twist the filter until the hole is at the lowest point. The oil will drain out of the hole away from the engine block, and neatly into a container you put there. If you do this, you want to drive the nail towards the base plate so that you don't put excessive side force on the mounting threads.
On my wife's Aerostar 3.0 the filter is directly above the starter
quote:I pulled the filter on my Ranger the other day for an Auto-RX cycle with similar results. First thing in the morning, all the oil was in the sump and cold. Didn't drip oil at all. MR
Originally posted by TallPaul: On my wife's Aerostar 3.0 the filter is directly above the starter. Oil will drip down on the starter when I pull the filter. However, I found if you let the vehicle sit overnight so the oil is cool (and less flowable) and some of the excess has drained away from the filter mount area, there is very little mess. I belive I have pulled filters with not drippage this way, though that could have been winter when the oil would be really stiff.
quote:Yep. Long as the antidrainback valve is good it should work. The freezer bag or pop bottle idea is good too in case you need to change it hot, but on some vehicles those may be hard to do too. Oil filter over the starter is bad, but had a Chevy Citation once ('82 maybe) that dripped into the frame rail and then from there slowly dripped over a period of days. Made you think it had developed an oil leak.
Originally posted by MikeR: [QUOTE]I pulled the filter on my Ranger the other day for an Auto-RX cycle with similar results. First thing in the morning, all the oil was in the sump and cold. Didn't drip oil at all.