Thanks for everyone's help regarding this. I did the oil change on
Friday before I read all your horror stories.
I used a floor jack and jack stands. I positioned the jack under the
center front jacking point which is pretty far back from the front of
the car. I did turn the wheels all the way to the right which was a
help. The first problem I ran into, the jack was just about where I had
to place the drain trough container. So I had to put one end of it on
top of the jack wheels and hold it in place at an angle when I removed
the plug. By the way, a 5/8" socket worked fine. The oil poured out
when I removed the plug and was not going in the hole fast enough and so
it came over the sides and onto the garage floor. Next I tried about 3
different filter gizmos to get the filter off. Apparently "hand tight"
was an unknown word to the previous changer. I finally got it off, and
again the oil was heading for where the jack was and covered a little
more of the garage. The new filter was easy to put on and even had a
roughened area on the end to make it easier to tighten. Even putting
the oil in was not that easy as you had to hold a funnel at an angle to
The whole job only took me about 2 hours including the clean up and half
a bag of kitty litter to get the oil off the floor. Now, two days later,
I'm starting to ache from all the gyrations to get under that car. (I
also have a batch of oil soaked clothes in the basement.)
So, at age 68, I've done my last oil change on the newer car. I also
have a 1991 Grand Marquis with over 108,000 miles on it. Even with two
drain plugs, it takes less time to change the oil plus I can slide under
it to do the work without having to use a jack.
I think this would be a good topic for Andy Rooney..."Did you ever
wonder why people do their own oil changes?"