July 7, 2009I have not been under the truck yet but is the drain plug visible or you have to search for it. The oil filter. Can you take it off buy hand and then hand tighten it or I need to use oil filter wrench. Is it a waste of time and I should just get it done. What do you guys think.
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July 7, 2009I think its really simple to do yourself. The oil plug is right there in the open. And I use i wrench just to loosen and tighten the oil filter. Once you get it loose you can twist it off by hand and then twist the new one back on. Then i give it a quick tug with the wrench to make sure its snug and your good to go.
July 7, 2009Yeah, its pretty easy to do. I usually dip my finger in the old oil and rub it around the gasket of the new filter and hand tighten it. The oil on the gasket will allow it to snug up just fine.
July 7, 2009Thanks guys
What filter do you recommend. Should I just buy one at chevy
July 7, 2009ac delco or wix which are napa filters are always good
July 8, 2009if your oilfiter was as tight at mine the first time i did it you'll be cursing up a storm. I ended up putting a screw driver through it to pray it loose.
July 8, 2009I change my own oil every time. It is easy. Plug is readily accessible - or add a fumoto drain valve like I did (see my gallery for pics). Do not put the filter on with a wrench. I never use a filter wrench to put mine on or take it off. Just snug it up 3/4 of a turn like the instructions show - it will be tight enough. Then next time you change it it will come off by hand - with a good amount of effort. Good luck!
July 8, 2009^^^Does the oil drain just as fast with the Fumoto drain valve, or does it slow the draining down a bit?
July 9, 2009Yes, it slows it down for sure. But not too bad. You just get it running first and then remove the filter, do prep work (clean filter seat, oil gasket, etc) and by the time you are ready it is done - or close. Plus it is great for getting oil samples for analysis - if you are anal over oil like me.
July 9, 2009^^^Thanks...sounds great...I guess I didnt realize you could get such a valve. Think I will give it a try.
July 10, 2009i tried the fram drain plug and i took it off cause it was junk and bairly drained....the only reason i tried it is cause with the lift when i drain the oil it splashes everywhere off the diff and sway bars but dont use the fram one i just got a funnel and made an oil bong with it and a piece of tubing to route the oil right into the pan...the lady at farm and fleet gave me looks when i bought it i dont think she believed me when i said it was for oil use
July 10, 2009If you have any issues loosening the filter, you can use a waist belt and wrap it around the filter for traction, the same way a strapwrench is used. I use fram, and they have an area of roughness that makes it easier to get grip. Plan on putting the oil drain pan a little further from the plug as you'd imagine, or be ready to move it, oil goes pretty far until it gets to a lower level. Good luck, and check out some things under there. They have made allot of good changes under there.