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Oil filter removal mess

This is the second time I have changed my own oil on this truck. All goes well until I remove the old filter - my arm gets coated with oil, as well as the cardboard I'm laying on! How do you guys remove that thing without making such a mess? I hate asking about something so basic, but figured that someone has encountered, and solved, this problem. Thanks for any tip/tricks to make this less of an ordeal!
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i take the filter off slowly letting the oil run down the side into the pan.

Nitrile gloves make clean up easier.

as long as the filter you install has an anti drain back valve this will happen.
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i spin the filter off as fast as i can and then try to get the filter verticle as fast as possible so the oil will just stay in the filter. I then go underneith the truck and manuver it out keeping it verticle as possible.

also my truck as a small little funnel next to the starter, so sometimes i dump it into there and let it drip
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use an empty 2 liter bottle let me find the link

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I use the end cap filter wrench a ratchet with a 3" extension.. comes off easy..
last time I couldnt find it so I just did my superman imitation and i got it off with a couple jerks. I normally put a little oil on the gasket when I put the filter on.
Tighten it down as hard as i (easily)can with hands and about 1/4 turn with the wrench after that.
A trick for the 4.0
Get a 2liter bottle cut it off about 2/3 the way up.
after the filter is loose but not leaking oil slip the 2liter bottle up completely over the filter Then loosen it by turning it with the 2 liter...
Oil will shoot into the 2 liter and you get 0 oil on the ground.. just a note..
after it drains out of oil continue removing the filter
if you grip the 2 liter right it wont "splash" down into the bottom.
Then lower it slowly keeping in mind it will drain out for about another 20seconds before it goes dry(after the filter is off the engine)

I also have the fram "sure drain" I may replace it with a futamoto? valve instead though (faster)

Last 3 times i changed the oil i got a total 1 drop of oil on the driveway..
and 0 on myself. ok a bit on my finger from where i smeared the oil
on the new filter's seal

Edit: the thing about end cap wrenches if you have to get the one that fits
your filter.. there is a jagged one with about 100dents for the motorcraft..
or now that I'm using pure one.. its more like a 20sided hex with flats not jaggies.
Rand
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Hummmm that cut 2liter bottle is actually a pretty good idea
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I just take my time... and not to worried about getting dirty... more so the ground just put a shotty blanket down.
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i try to use lots of shop rags to keep oil from coating the starter motor
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damn that 2 liter is a good idea, i might try it this weekend....Everytime i did my oil i got so pissed and it went all over me / garage floor...and frame......I was going to just give up and take it somewhere, but i like doing stuff myself...Im gonna be doing alot to my truck this weekend...

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i spin the filter off as fast as i can and then try to get the filter verticle as fast as possible so the oil will just stay in the filter. I then go underneith the truck and manuver it out keeping it verticle as possible.

also my truck as a small little funnel next to the starter, so sometimes i dump it into there and let it drip
Its even harder on the 3.0 because not only is the filter just about horizontal, there is that dumb little funnel in the way. On the 4.0 the filter is already vertical but the oil still spills out all over the place.

I have to remeber that bottle idea for the next time I do my oil.
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Change your oil in your buddies garage instead of yours....let him have the mess.

Just joking, I hate the mess changing oil makes too.


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I unscrew the filter about half way untill the oil drips out. Then i get a big ziplock bag and unscrew the rest with the filter inside the bag so if there is a mess it is all contained.
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I like that 2 liter idea! Thanks for the input guys
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3.0 guys ---- pull from the top...
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after the oil is drained from the oil pan i just punch a hole in the filter and drain into my pan.
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Remote mount oil fiter works well too. Mine is on the passenger-side frame rail, centered under the passenger door. I just put a milk jug with a funnel under the filter, loosen the filter, and all of the oil gets contained in the milk jug.

I put the remote filter on before I heard about the 2 liter bottle trick. If I ever removed the remote filter, I would start using that bottle trick. Hot oil running down your arm and collecting in your armpit is not fun!
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after the oil is drained from the oil pan i just punch a hole in the filter and drain into my pan.
I've also heard of a tool that has a sharp end, with a piece of tube connected to opposite end. Puncture the filter with the sharp end, and the oil will drain out the tube into a container. Can't remember where I saw it though.

I just loosen it part way, let it drain into the pan, then take it the rest of the way off with a towel. USUALLY works without any mess.

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I just move the oil pan closer to where the oil filter is going to drop so that when it does screw off and drip some it lands into the pan. Just do it slowly and take your time. When you rush it, you make a mess.
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I have a 3.0L and I unscrew it from the top and let it drain into the pan.
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It drips all over the suspension if you dont use a 2 liter or something.
Last 3 oil changes I averaged 1 drip on the ground or suspension total... my way works
good on the 4 liter.. the 3liter well it sucks.

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wrap a towel over ur wrist to prevent it from running down ur arm. i dunno but last few times i changed erl on my moms exploder and when we changed it on the ranger i didnt make a mess or have it all over...
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I always just spin it till oil starts to leak, then I let it drain out some, then as the drainage slows I turn it a bit more. I use some rags and put them right under the oil filter to try to catch the oil from getting on the engine/componets directly below the oil filter. (Havent done an oil change on a ranger but generally speaking)

Always remember to make sure that the old O-Ring is on the old oil filter too, other wise it will spray the oil out. And also put some oil around the new o-ring and hand tighten it the best you can. This way when you go to change it again the oil should make it easier to undo, also doing it all by hand will keep you from buying a new sending unit cause you stripped the old one.
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I hand tighten it as much as possible then do about 1/4 turn with the wrench. My filter
has ptfe treated gasket and i put a little motor oil on it too.

The 2 liter works incredable good as long as you are using it on something that
has a vertically mounted oil filter (ie 4.0) I didnt use any paper towels and no drain pan last time (I have fram sure drain)

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1) I don't take the filter off until all the oil has drained out of the pan
2) standing on a small stool, (or whatever I can find handy to stand on.. last time it was 3 bricks stacked up..) I unscrew from the top, QUICKLY, and rotate it so the threads are facing up as quickly as I can.
3) after holding it there for a few seconds to let any drops drip off, I lift out out the top (never take my hand off of it) and drop it down in the drain pan under the truck.
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Punch and hammer! Best way ive found. Small hole bottom of filter a let drain. U do get a lil oil on your hand every once in awhile though but doesn't spill all over the floor and everything else.
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