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This is Part One of my easy oil change makeover for my Trep.

Part Two will be an oil filter relocation kit. I couldn't get a relocation kit in time for this weekend's oil change so it will have to wait until next oil change.

There are primarily two drain valve type replacements for the stock oil pan drain plug. One is the Fram SureDrain and the other is the Fumoto Engineering Engine Oil Drain Valve. Here are pics of the standard units

SureDrain Fumoto Valve


I think both models will work fine, but I chose the fumoto valve. If just for the fact that I think it is "neater". The fumoto valve has gained acceptance from a few automakers and I also believe it was out first. I chose the fumoto model with the nipple so that I could hook a hose up to it. It ran me $24 shipped

So here are some pics of the install

Stock vs Fumoto comparison:


Stock plug:


Fumoto valve:

I put the hose over the nipple to keep rocks, etc from hitting the nipple. I will take it off during my next oil change. I had been worried about the housing the valve lever resides in sticking out too low but at finger tight it was pointing straight up. I tightened it down to where I felt comfortable and that is what you see in the pic. I was actually pleased because the lever is way up out of the way.
 

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ive never seen one before.....thats really neat!!
 

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The paranoid side of me wonders about some wise-acre looking under my car and flipping the lever to drain the oil pan while I'm out and about. I would like to see a version of that come out with a key lock or something just to prevent "accidental" oil releases.
 

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puzzleface said:
The paranoid side of me wonders about some wise-acre looking under my car and flipping the lever to drain the oil pan while I'm out and about. I would like to see a version of that come out with a key lock or something just to prevent "accidental" oil releases.

Which.. you're totally screwed anyways if some kid with an adjustable wrench comes around.. ;)
 

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Just run to the local hardware store and get a spring-steel hose clip that fits the valve. Put it on so that the valve-lever is secured in place. The size you need is a 5/8" clip.

30 cents and you're all set.

The Fumoto valve web site illustrates just such a belts-and-suspenders setup in one of their images.

http://www.fumotousa.com/images/valvewithclip_150.jpg
 

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I wanted to put one on my trep but obviously whoever owned my car before me had the threads partially stripped. The plug on the Fram and Fumoto are rather short and unfortunately the first entrance threads are the ones that are stripped. I either just have to keep using the longer stock plug or put on a new oil pan.
 

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I wanted to put one on my trep but obviously whoever owned my car before me had the threads partially stripped. The plug on the Fram and Fumoto are rather short and unfortunately the first entrance threads are the ones that are stripped. I either just have to keep using the longer stock plug or put on a new oil pan.
No chance to chase the threads ? You could repair the threads, but you might save your time and effort and just get a replacement?

Anyways here is my two week update for my Fumoto valve


No leaks - No damage. It is really tucked up out of the way. It was harder than I thought getting this picture with the car on the ground.

I hope I can reach it next oil change !!!!! That's right - next oil change I'll be installing the remote filter so it'll be up on the ramps anyway.
 

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Ohh yeah - about the sabatoge...

I forget it's there. You can't see it. And if any hooligan comes around with a wrench or opens the valve, I'll see a 5 quart oil slick running from under the car. Can't miss that
 

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And if any hooligan comes around with a wrench or opens the valve
Simple remedy for that: Don't tell anyone at work, your neighbors,etc. What they don't know about they can't see/touch. :wink:
 

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hmm... this may be my *next mod*

I'm already doing 3 mods this up coming week!

Great pics. wish my engine was that clean on the bottom :)
 

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Bumping this in case anyone wants to try one of these. I got mine from LubricationSpecialist.com for around $25 shipped. Did a search recently for the valves and was seeing them for twice as much elsewhere on the net.

*EDIT 4/5/07*
Lubrication Specialist is still selling my model for $21.95. They also sell a drain hose for $2 and a safety clip for $1.

This makes draining the oil soooo easy. No tools needed at all for the oil change
 

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Except for an Advance Auto Parts oil filter wrench if you haven't changed the oil before or whoever did it really cranked on it. You should have seen me and my dad try and get the filter off on my old trep! We almost destroyed the fiilter before we decided to find a better filter wrench (we already had 3 lol)

Josiah
 

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I had a suredrain on the Trep and found the two bad points about it

1: it's slow. takes about twice as long to drain the oil
2: without the little hose you can't (repeat can't) change the oil unless you remove the whole valve

I already ordered a Fumoto for the Mustang and it will be put in on the next oil change. Pretty funny actually because I also found lubrication spec. to be the cheapest place and ordered from them.
 

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I have a Suredrain now, and get so fed up with it taking so long, I just take the damn thing off so I can get done with it quicker.

does the Fumoto valve drain any quicker than the Suredrain?

-- Dave
 
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