Changing the Oil Filter without Spilling Oil

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by rminv, May 14, 2009.

  1. rminv

    rminv Guest

    I have a Pacifica with the oil filter on the bottom.

    Has anyone found a good way to change the filter without spilling a
    lot of oil (after draining the pan, of course)? I've wrapped a
    plastic bag around the filter before spinning it out to try and catch
    the oil, but this seems a bit clumsy.

    Any secrets?

    Thanks
    Tim
     
    rminv, May 14, 2009
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  2. rminv

    Bill Putney Guest

    I was going to suggest the bag thing, but that's moot. Just wanted to
    say that it really doesn't matter if you drop the filter first or drain
    the pan first - one doesn't affect the other with the engine off.
     
    Bill Putney, May 14, 2009
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    Joe Pfeiffer Guest

    I put my drain tank under the filter.
     
    Joe Pfeiffer, May 14, 2009
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  4. you posted the secret
    be careful if you have a cooler above it not to damage it or spin it loose
     
    man of machines, May 14, 2009
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  5. rminv

    Wayland Guest

    You could punch a hole in the lowest part of the filter and let most of the
    oil drain from it. Then wrap a paper towel around it while removing.
     
    Wayland, May 15, 2009
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    Mike Easter Guest

    What do you do with your filter after you remove it?
     
    Mike Easter, May 15, 2009
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  7. rminv

    rminv Guest

    I will put it in a ziploc bag for the recycling guy to pick up.

    I have to admit, though, that I will often come back the next day and
    find the filter and the bag immersed in a bigger puddle of oil on the
    garage floor. It happens enough to make me wonder if the oil is a
    solvent for the plastic in the bag.

    Is it?

    Tim
     
    rminv, May 15, 2009
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  8. rminv

    Bill Putney Guest

    You don't empty the filter out into whatever you drained the oil into?
    I mean, I know there will always be some remaining oil that can drip if
    it's tilted the right way, but, after turning it upside down and letting
    it drain all it can into the waste container while you put the new oil
    in and clean up, if you take one paper towel sheet and wrap that over
    the top of the filter, that provides plenty of absorption for whatever
    remains in the filter even if it gets turned over. I put the filter
    with the single doubled-over paper towel sheet into the new filter's
    empty box and close the top and toss that into the trash - never a
    problem with pooling anywhere - like I said, the single paper towel
    sheet handles that little bit with ease.
     
    Bill Putney, May 15, 2009
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  9. rminv

    rminv Guest

    Thanks to all!

    Tim
     
    rminv, May 16, 2009
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    Mike Easter Guest

    In CA residential disposers of waste motoroil and filters must take them
    to a specific facility -- they are not picked up by the 'recycling' (paper
    & recyclable containers) or the general trash (waste oil and filters are
    forbidden) or of course not the greenery branch.

    http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/USEDOIL/ alternatives to the illegal disposal of
    used oil
    ziploc type bags are recommended for transporting oilfilters to the waste
    oil recycler.
     
    Mike Easter, May 16, 2009
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    deke Guest

    I will put it in a ziploc bag for the recycling guy to pick up.

    I have to admit, though, that I will often come back the next day and
    find the filter and the bag immersed in a bigger puddle of oil on the
    garage floor. It happens enough to make me wonder if the oil is a
    solvent for the plastic in the bag.

    Is it?

    Tim

    Yes Tim, it is. Plastics are made from petroleum, and petrolum will
    dissolve them. Thats why you never use a
    petroleum based lubricant with a latex condom. Or store
    used oil filters in baggies....they will dissolve.

    D
     
    deke, May 17, 2009
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  12. rminv

    Mike Easter Guest

    If I put a motoroil filter into an undamaged ziploc bag of sufficient size
    and strength to contain the filter and zip/seal the bag properly, I would
    expect that over a reasonable period of time, say weeks, that it will not
    leak.

    Disclaimer: I have not performed this test. I have put an organic solvent
    into a ziploc bag, such as paint thinner in a gallon bag, and found the bag
    to leak that solvent.

    I don't think the leaking is from dissolving anything. I think the leaking
    is from microporosity of the polyethylene bonded edges being large enough
    for the solvent to escape but small enough to be waterproof due to the
    viscosity of water.

    I would not expect uncontaminated motoroil to dissolve polyethylene. If you
    combine motoroil with some other unknown solvents (consider gasoline) then
    the equation has changed.
     
    Mike Easter, May 17, 2009
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