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Oil change: Hot or Cold

When you do an oil change do you do it with the engine warmed up or cold?

I always do it warmed up thinking I will get a 'better" oil change with it being hot.
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I did it hot ounce but burned the $hit outa my arm on the cat. Never again.
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I usually do it like 5 minutes after i went and bought the oil in the first place... so it's scalding hot and i get it done quick
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When the engine is Warm to Hot, oil flows better when heated, letting it drain quicker and out of smaller crevices that thicker oil won't (or at least in a reasonable time).

Plus where's the fun in changing oil if you don't have to dodge warm exhaust pipes and streams of oil . . .
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i change it hot.
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Warm. But then again, one would think, that if your vehicle had been sitting awhile, most of the oil would have ran back down into the pan, therefore draining more of the "bad" oil out...?
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I usually take the truck for a drive, up to full operating temp. Then pull it right in the garage and get out the tools I need, get the filter ready, oil out etc. So I guess what I'm saying is I change it while hot.
Flows out quicker and the truck keeps me warm when laying on the cold floor!
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Oh, I like it hot and steamy!
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Hot. I've changed it cold before and it took forever to drain which made me think there would be more old oil left behind.
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hot i love trying to unscrew the bolt with out burning my finger tips lol or dropping it in the old oil...
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Not hot...like an hour or so after I get back from getting the stuff...I dont ever do it when Im in a hurry for the oil to drain...
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cold, thats just how my Dad taught me to do, plus that $hit is really hot runnin down your arm... plus it won't be all up in the engine and heads, thats how my Dad explained it to me... I never in a hurry when I do my either, I always take my time.
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i change it hot on my truck because i go get oil and filter then drive it up on ramps and get to work
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i do it warm, not hot. ive burned my arms too many damn times doing it while everything is still hot as hell. not much worse than hot oil on your face!
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warm. not hot, not cold. just warm.
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usually end up doing it when its somewhere between hot and cold
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I normally let it cool down 15 minutes after I go to the store so I guess warm. I'm about to get one of those oil plug drain valves so no more playing don't drop the drain plug in the old oil game!
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I let it sit for 15 - 20 mins or so. Long enough to settle into the pan, but still warm enough to flow quickly and thoroughly...that's what I tell myself anyway.
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Hot so all the **** in it is stirred up....more incentive to work fast.
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Hot.

I live in Canada, its cold up here. Helps keep the hand warm while working in the cold.
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I normally let it cool down 15 minutes after I go to the store so I guess warm. I'm about to get one of those oil plug drain valves so no more playing don't drop the drain plug in the old oil game!
where u getting the valve at?
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