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post #21 of 174 Old 08-07-2008
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I did an oil change in the garage tonight and it took me two hours taking my time. Those two drain plugs are crazy! The oil in my drain pan got dangerously close to spilling over the edge.

When I took the shrouds off I noticed a lot of oil residue and dirt. It turns out that the rear most drain plug had a small oil leak because some jackA#* at the dealership put a new washer over the old one on the drain plug. I just barley put pressure on the ratchet and the plug came out; there were only a couple of threads in the oil pan and it wasn't anywhere near the right torque spec. I'm so happy that I decided to change the oil when I did. This could have had a catastrophic result.

Point being always pay attention to the details when performing any work on your vehicle.
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What two drain plugs are we talking about here? I have an 04' V6 and it only has 1.... come to think of it all oil pans have one.....right?

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diy oil

...have a '05 V6...there is a drain capability on the filter canister and of course one on the oil pan.
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come to think of it all oil pans have one.....right?
An oil pans should have a drain plug for each sump. While most pans have a single sump, its not unusual to have more than one. All 79-96 Mustangs with a V8 have pans with two sumps.

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V6ers have one drain plug on the pan, and one on the oil filter housing. V8's have two drain plugs in the pan, and I believe one on the filter housing.

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Ok thanks for clearing that up Matt.

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That is correct. Do not use a drainpan. I use a 5 gallon bucket, cut down a bit so it fits under the car. This way you do not have oil spills once niagra falls comes out of your carter pan
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I had a thought last night as I lay in bed after reading this thread; When draining the oil, why not use a heavy-duty trash bag to catch it instead of letting it splash everywhere? Has anyone tried this?

Maybe it's a hairbrained idea, but here's what I'm thinking; You place the bottom of the trash bag in a sufficiently-sized oil pan, then using duct tape or gaffer's tape, tape the opening of the bag to the underside of the oil pan around the drain plug. You would obviously want to loosen the drain plug first with the allen wrench, but once it is loose, you could simply unscrew it by hand while it is inside the bag. It would fall into the bag when it comes out but it could easily be retrieved when the oil is finished draining. It would probably be a good idea to hold the top of the bag where it is taped to the pan, just in case the weight of the sudden oil deluge causes it to pull free of the pan. When finished, find the drain plug in the bag and remove it, drain the other sump, replace drain plugs and cut a hole in the bottom of the bag to let the oil drain into the pan.

What do you think? Seems like it might work, in theory. If I get a chance to do it soon, I'll post the results or edit this post if it turns out to be impractical.
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See my post above yours. Garanteed no mess! trashbag is asking for trouble
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See my post above yours. Garanteed no mess! trashbag is asking for trouble
Thanks for the reply...

I did see your post, but looking at the fifth pic in this thread it seems like you wouldn't be able to get a bucket directly under the front drain plug because of the crossmember. Additionally, the rear plug appears higher by a few inches, so the bucket would still be some distance from it.

Anyway... It was just a thought. I may try it when I change the oil for the first time.
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