My daughter has a 99 explorer that I have changed oil on twice. Both
times have not been pleasant. The V6 engines oil plug is on the side
of the pan, and when you take the plug out the oil shoots out against
the frame of the front end and splatters everywhere. Theres no way to
catch the oil, or most of it and it makes a grand mess. I dont know
why Ford didnt just put the drain plug in the bottom of the pan,
problem solved. Anyone got any ideas of how to make this a better and
cleaner job? Or do they sell a elbow plug or something to point the
oil draining toward the oil bucket. Thanks for listening.
What category does the Explorer fall into?
Ever look at the oil pan of a vehicle that's been used off-road?
Or run over a few curbs?
I feel your pain.. but if it bothers you that much, try cutting a piece of
rain gutter to deflect the oil down into the drain pan
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
I disagree. We love Ford trucks. Any & all general repair & discussion
Now... if you want to start in on lift kits, performance, production
issues, mods specific to Explorers... well, visit over at the Explorer
group and there will be a lot more enthusiasm is all.
I have changed oil on the same type vehicle, and not noticed it hitting the
frame, but you can just cut a piece of cardboard, crease it down the middle,
then use it to deflect the oil stream into your catch basin.
You asked, so if you want to go to the trouble.....have a shop drill a
hole thru your drain plug; weld, braze, a steel pipe elbow ( w/outlet facing
down ) with 1/8-inch pipe threads & plug. Drain the initial oil thru this
plug--then drain last oil by removing original, modified plug. Remember,
you asked! HTH, s
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