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Old 04-22-2009
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Changed my own oil for the first time

My soon to be step-dad taught me to change my oil today. I went with Mobil-1 oil and a Mobil-1 filter.
All I have to say is I hate the 3.0. That filter is in the worst place ever.
But I learned a lot and can't wait to change it all on my own next time.
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good job! the learning begins
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How old are you?


Edit: My bad,I looked at your profile. Thats cool, doing your own maintanence will save a lot of money. Had a shop tell me 600 dollars to replace my ball joints. Needless to say, I took it home and learned something new that night.
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Feels good to do your own work to your own vehicle.
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18... but I haven't had a father figure around for many years. So now i get to learn a lot that my mom couldn't teach me.
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18... but I haven't had a father figure around for many years. So now i get to learn a lot that my mom couldn't teach me.
Well, glad you got someone to help you out and teach you some stuff
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18... but I haven't had a father figure around for many years. So now i get to learn a lot that my mom couldn't teach me.
Sorry bout that man. I didnt mean any offense by it. Didnt know if you were younger and it was your first truck.
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Sorry bout that man. I didnt mean any offense by it. Didnt know if you were younger and it was your first truck.
None taken.
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nice, i just went through my first quick service oil change place last week (not my truck dont worry) and it was terrifying so welcome to the real and better world.


3.0 isnt that bad, ive seen much worse
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nice, i just went through my first quick service oil change place last week (not my truck dont worry) and it was terrifying so welcome to the real and better world.


3.0 isnt that bad, ive seen much worse
I have big forearms and that made it hard for me... it was also hard to get it lined up right to get the filter on there.
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I have big forearms and that made it hard for me... it was also hard to get it lined up right to get the filter on there.
It gets easier with time to get it lined up. The first couple times I was cussing the thing, but now i could do it blindfolded after being spun in a circle for 5 mins.
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ya the 3.0 kinda sucks. i just feel around until i can line it up. what sucks is that you spill oil so make sure you have your oil pan under it.


get up underneath your truck and start checking things out. youll learn a lot from that.
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I have big forearms and that made it hard for me... it was also hard to get it lined up right to get the filter on there.
it does help that im mostly bones ha. i usually unscrew it, turn it and let it drain and then drop it because its a pain to try and pull it out through the top
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ive done it enough, i just pull it out full not spilling anything. its soooo much easier on the mustang. only pita on that is the oil pan has two drain plugs, just far enough apart i cant open them both up and let them drain at once because my pan isnt big enough
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3.0 is a pain, but i have seen many worse postions for the filter.
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I have big forearms and that made it hard for me... it was also hard to get it lined up right to get the filter on there.
That was always my problem pre-body lift. If you get someone to shine a flash light in there its easier to see where to put it on at.
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I never have any issues changing the oil on mine... But my arms are pretty skinny.
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This place is full of info keep learning
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i just cut the wheel all the way and its easy to get at the filter from the front drivers side wheel well.

wow i just looked...with the body lift i won't even need to turn the wheel lol...here are tires straight
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yea..well my oil filter is right above my starter....I just bought this 93 with the 3.0 in it and the starter was was from the beginning. I had to replace the engine due to not being serviced properly...the oil in it was just sludge....but anyways they say that oil is the #1 cause of death to starters....so in my case i'm going have to take my starter out each time before i take my oil filter off or otherwise oil is going to dump right onto the starter...thats what sucks
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Right on man! Before you know it you'll be tearing down motors and installing blowers But it always starts with the oil change :)
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I always just went right in from the driver side wheel well, it was easy.
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Awesome! Just be glad you can actually get under your truck. My filter is in between every wire loom and sharp object haha. Not to mention I can't even see under my car when I put the filter on.

And in case no one has said this...MOBIL 1 FILTERS ARE GARBAGE!!!

You should be fine for this time but next time throw a NAPA Gold or Motorcraft on there. Mobil 1 oil is awesome but their filters are some of the worst besides K&N.
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I've seen no bad info about K&N oil filters....proof please...


It's what i've used for the past 4 years on my truck every 5k.
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Meh, I just stick to motorcraft filters. Never heard anything bad about them. Good deal on the oil change, Now lift it! Do work son!
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