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This is a discussion on Screw Oil Change places... within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by Mikie13 And until this thread, I never knew where to get rid of used oil...but that's a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13
    And until this thread, I never knew where to get rid of used oil...but that's a positive now
    Just dump it down the nearest sewer drain
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    Just dump it down the nearest sewer drain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    ...so I just don't have the time to dedicate to an oil change.
    roffleclamf....you'll excuse me..working parents universally laugh when folks talk about being busy, and it's due to visiting friends, playing sports, shore houses...

    With respect, Mikie, it sounds like you don't want to do it. And that's fine...I think most of us regularly pay other people to do things that we don't want to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Wow this has certainly become a hot thread...

    Bill, I do have a place where I can do my oil...I am back at my parents' house now and we have an adequate driveway with a garage (that has too much in it to work in, but anyway...). Its not so much the means, its more or less the time and hassle. I'm rarely around on weekends (shore house in the summer, different road trips visiting friends around the area for the weekends, playing many different sports/activities, etc)...so I just don't have the time to dedicate to an oil change. Yes it may be quick, but the prepping, cleanup, and proper disposal isn't something I want to deal with.

    The place I went to USED to be a very reputable place that I had known for a long time. I was on first name basis with the head Tech that worked there and always verified proper materials, filters, and quality oil were used.

    And until this thread, I never knew where to get rid of used oil...but that's a positive now
    OK then. Thought I'd offer some help, although me thinks you are not all that close.

    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Just dump it down the nearest sewer drain
    You had better be kidding!

    Wal-Mart and Advance Auto are two locally I know of. Many other national chains will take used oil. I dump mine at a local Sunoco station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy96gase View Post
    I just tried to find a picture of the oil-drain-pan combination bucket I have been using. Only to find much better options now exist.
    I'm going to be changing the transmission fluid this weekend, maybe I should invest in a new setup.
    Aye.

    I still use the same plastic drain pan I used on my first car ... think it's about 30 years old by now. It makes pouring back into an empty 5 quart bottle (with an even older funnel) a snap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    roffleclamf....you'll excuse me..working parents universally laugh when folks talk about being busy, and it's due to visiting friends, playing sports, shore houses...

    With respect, Mikie, it sounds like you don't want to do it. And that's fine...I think most of us regularly pay other people to do things that we don't want to do.


    Did I not mention that in my list of excuses? I think what it comes down to is not so much that I don't wanna do it...there are just MANY other things I'd rather be doing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    OK then. Thought I'd offer some help, although me thinks you are not all that close.

    I appreciate the offer Bill...yous good people!

    But you are correct, I'm not that close to your area at all. I'm about 15 minutes south of Trenton now that I'm back at home. Even before, I was in Manayunk/Philly...which was still about 45 min north, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    I appreciate the offer Bill...yous good people!

    But you are correct, I'm not that close to your area at all. I'm about 15 minutes south of Trenton now that I'm back at home. Even before, I was in Manayunk/Philly...which was still about 45 min north, right?
    ~ 45 min NW yes.
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    Discretion: the better part of valour.

    With a Fumoto valve installed, an oil filter properly hand tightened previously, and a little luck, one can perform a tool-free oil change almost anywhere and relatively quickly. A large, covered oil pan and a funnel is all that's needed. The pan can be taken directly to the recycler and emptied there etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    With a Fumoto valve installed, an oil filter properly hand tightened previously, and a little luck, one can perform a tool-free oil change almost anywhere and relatively quickly. A large, covered oil pan and a funnel is all that's needed. The pan can be taken directly to the recycler and emptied there etc.
    I know many people use them, but I'd just be so afraid of the valve opening on its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    With a Fumoto valve installed, an oil filter properly hand tightened previously, and a little luck, one can perform a tool-free oil change almost anywhere and relatively quickly. A large, covered oil pan and a funnel is all that's needed. The pan can be taken directly to the recycler and emptied there etc.
    Have you used a Fumoto valve? I've considered one from time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    You had better be kidding!


    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Wal-Mart and Advance Auto are two locally I know of. Many other national chains will take used oil. I dump mine at a local Sunoco station.
    Not sure about NJ/PA, but in NY, any place that does oil changes has to take it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Have you used a Fumoto valve? I've considered one from time to time.
    I've run one on my car for about a year; I love it. No more crush washers, and it makes an oil change a much cleaner job than before. The only downside is it takes a bit longer to drain all the old oil out, but I usually just leave my car on the ramps for a while and have a few beers...

    Quote Originally Posted by brfatal
    I know many people use them, but I'd just be so afraid of the valve opening on its own.
    That'd be tough. It's sorta like the childproof pill bottles, in that it's not just one motion to open it. You need to pull down or push up (I forget which right now) and then rotate the lever.
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    I use a Fumoto on my Honda and it's on the shopping list for all my cars. The lever has to be pulled down and then pushed back to open the valve. The valve is high quality and I've not had any problems. If the car is very low, OK I see the fear - best to stick with the stock drain plug. But for reasonable suspensions and no off-road stuff it should be fine. There is also the possibility of using a spring clamp on the lever to add further protection.
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