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Old 03-22-2021, 07:19 PM
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Default No mess oil change trick.

Thought I'd share a "trick" taught to me by a hangar neighbor. It's so simple, and so very effective. It's possible that every pilot knows this trick but me... But just in case others haven't seen it, thought I'd share it here.

Oil changes can be messy. Hangar neighbor gave me a 30" piece of 2" PVC cut in half and told me to use on my next oil change. Today I did. Not a SINGLE DROP to clean up! It was almost too easy. Slide the PVC 1/2 pipe under the filter connection point and out the side to drip into a pail. Loosen the filter, let it drip out. When done dripping, remove filter and clean off residual. Easy peasy.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:45 AM
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I love this! I've never heard of this either, but I can't wait to try it. I've tried many different things with limited success, but this looks simple and effective. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:51 AM
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Thanks for posting, there are several catch ideas, this seems new to me. I use the bag and it works well, a bit of a miss to collect the filter, but it keeps the engine dry.

I will try this next. Thanks.

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Old 03-24-2021, 08:27 AM
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Wish I had known about this a week ago!!

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Old 03-24-2021, 11:01 PM
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I have used the freezer bag trick for years with pretty good success. Today was oil change time on the rocket so I thought why not. All I had lying around was 1.5 inch pvc so I split a piece of that on the bandsaw. Low and behold it fit in there just fine. I cracked the filter watched the oil run down the chute into the bucket after all looked good I went in to the house. I have no doubt it will be clean and mess free in the morning. Great idea.
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Old 03-25-2021, 04:18 AM
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The OPs idea has worked for me for 900hrs. I use a piece of aluminum angle instead of the PVC chute but concept is same. I assumed it worked because I was lucky with the vagaries of hose and wire installations and it would not fit for everyone.
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Old 03-25-2021, 06:42 AM
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I just use a walmart bag, works great and fast
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Old 03-25-2021, 06:50 AM
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Form-a-Funnel works like that and has been great for me for oil filters, but being bendable is good for other out-of-the-way drainable things too. Then roll it up and throw it in the bucket.
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Old 03-25-2021, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Alchemist View Post
I just use a walmart bag, works great and fast
Just be sure and check your bag first. Not all Walmart bags are "leakproof".
Mel Asberry, DAR since the last century. Over 1,000 certifications accomplished.
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Old 03-25-2021, 02:11 PM
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What about under the oil screen? That’s where I have the hardest time getting something in the tight space there to catch the oil when I pull the screen plug.
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