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Old 11-02-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Apartment Friendly Oil Changes?

I'm wondering what the general consensus is in regards to quick, easy, clean and apartment friendly oil change options?

The Fumoto Valve or various brands of Oil Extractor Vacuum/Pumps look like possible "stealthy" and fast oil change solutions, but I'm always skeptical of the "easy way out."

Anyone have experience with either? Do they get all the old oil out, or leave too much behind?

Are they as quick and clean as I'm hoping? I'd love to do the changes myself, but am having to suck it up and take it to the shop right now, so as to keep the land lords happy!
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:07 PM   #2
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Anyone who frets over leaving a bit of oil behind usually is the kind of guy who has women in pits in their cellar. Its a zero issue. There is no stealth way as when you go to do the filter, the jig is up. The only real way to DIY without getting into trouble is to do it at a friend's house or perhaps on a public street or deserted lot of a closed store.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:15 PM   #3
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MANY people use the Fumoto or EZ oil drain valves...I don't have one but I wouldn't hesitate to put one on my car. You can put a funnel under the filter while you remove it. If you do it right you don't have to get a single drop on the ground. Well actually...I'm just assuming that, as I've always just let the filter drop into the drain pan.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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Anyone who frets over leaving a bit of oil behind usually is the kind of guy who has women in pits in their cellar. Its a zero issue. There is no stealth way as when you go to do the filter, the jig is up. The only real way to DIY without getting into trouble is to do it at a friend's house or perhaps on a public street or deserted lot of a closed store.
LOL. Well put Unabomber!

I've got a back yard I can probably use, but about an hours drive away. Probably going to be the best solution, the more I think about it. The fluid exchange would be doable on the sly, but the filter on the other hand...

Worse fates than some extra time behind the wheel I reckon!

By the way, I've spent some time reading your other posts, Unabomber. Lots of great info. Thanks for putting it all together! Probably saved me making about 5 or 6 other "newbie posts"!
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:30 AM   #5
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after you drain the pan with a valve into a BLACK!!! hd plastic garden bag with plain clay cat litter in it---10 pounds is plenty, reserve a quart or 2 in its bag .....and if you are careful, you can reach up and unscrew the filter enough that its not dripping....take a gallon ziplock and stick it over the slightly unscrewed filter and unscrew it while holding it in place while the oil drains......zip that bag up and put it in the large bag with the cat litter and oil from the pan.....screw your prefilled new oil filter on carefully...fill the engine, empty oil containers go in the big black bag.....start the engine and make sure ya not leaking...have some rags on hand!!!

throw the big black bag in the dumpster.....the remaining bit of cat litter is spread around on the ground and kicked in well, where you may have had a few drips and done one fine fall evening...saturday evenings are usually good as the appt office staff is long gone

i have done an entire oil change this way in 5 minutes with everything ready to go and staged
5 minutes is plausable deniability time....and if anybody looks like they gonna bitch about it and rat ya out...take the big black bag to a nearby, OFFSITE dumpster and get rid of it...there is always an unlocked/open dumpster behind the local strip mall

dont ask me how i know any of this.....
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:17 PM   #6
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Why am I picturing this whole process being done by someone in full on Ninja garb with Kung Fu sound effects?

Sounds just crazy enough to work!
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:31 PM   #7
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Why am I picturing this whole process being done by someone in full on Ninja garb with Kung Fu sound effects?

Sounds just crazy enough to work!
no man...its the Mission Impossible theme song...the one from the original '60's series

d0000000000000d...i did that one for years at the one place i lived, never got busted by the SUPER BITCH lady at the complex

....my car has always been high enough to get the filter off and the bolt out by just reaching under the front or by driving up on a couple stacked 2x6's...no jack required

the get ya busted part is opening the hood...THAT is what gets seen and reported

so if ya get the whole 'process' down right, your gonna get it all drained, new filter on and everything ready to toss...pop the hood, dump in the oil put the cap back on and drop the hood in less than a minit....put the empty bottles/rags/gloves/evidence in the bag and tie a knot in the bag and toss it.

if ya smart about it.....ya wont get caught.....if ya get caught, minimize what ya get caught for....say ya burnin oil and ya just fillin it up....

ive been caught red handed bein nefarious and got clean away with real mischief because i had my story straight before hand.....
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:08 AM   #8
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I've done the 5:00am super quick changes.
Not fun.


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Old 11-04-2014, 12:20 AM   #9
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I've done the 5:00am super quick changes.
Not fun.


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yeah...the bitch at the complex i was at would FLIP THE **** OUT if you opened the hood of your car in the parking lot.....
she jumped my **** the first week or 2 i lived there for filling my washer tank

i usta bubble bath the pool once in a while to cause her hell

..and some....stuff...happened not long after i moved out....i think she had a stroke over it

serves her right for being such a cast iron bitch
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:47 AM   #10
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yeah...the bitch at the complex i was at would FLIP THE **** OUT if you opened the hood of your car in the parking lot.....
she jumped my **** the first week or 2 i lived there for filling my washer tank

i usta bubble bath the pool once in a while to cause her hell

..and some....stuff...happened not long after i moved out....i think she had a stroke over it

serves her right for being such a cast iron bitch
That's nutty.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:11 PM   #11
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Default Oil Change Ideas

I recently bought some plastic ramps for about $40 at Harbor Freight and a self contained drain pan at a local auto zone for about $8 and did my last oil change in my driveway. Then brought the oil back to Auto Zone for recycling.

The ramps work great, but would draw immediate attention in your situation with a watchful on site staff at an apartment complex. How about a drain pan w/ covered container unit that you could carry the waste oil in back to the place you bought the oil for proper recycling? Maybe find an on street parking spot with curbing you could ride up on at a driveway cut out to create a ramp out of an existing city structure?

My oil filter is on top of engine under the hood (2014 Impreza), so it was the easiest and cleanest part of the oil/filter change. For an under car filter removal, I like the idea of a heavy duty contractors trash bag to use under and around the oil filter to be removed w/ kitty litter or Speedy Dry to absorb oil in the bag. Cardboard under the work area could be used to catch any loose drips or spills. Then it would be best to dispose of refuse properly and clean up so nobody has anything to complain about. Good luck!
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:44 AM   #12
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Default easy oil change.

I haven't had to do it yet (because I can bring my car into the shop at auto school) but I've been suggested that you can change oil behind an auto parts store. Just get lots of paper towels and purple power cleaner (carquest sells it).

I've also replaced drive belts in the dealership parking lot. It really depends how much shame you have about working on your car in public.
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Old 11-15-2014, 02:31 PM   #13
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I use a fumuto valve with a small plastic pipe going into a container. No way for oil to touch the ground. I can get to the valve by lying on my back and sliding somewhat under the front of the car. No need for ramps etc.. Takes about 10 minutes tops start to finish really.

That said - your tires should typically be rotated when you do your oil changes. That would be much harder to hide/disguise. If you have a shop rotate your tires, you may as well have them do the oil change as well, no?
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:29 PM   #14
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When I was living in Boston I used to change my oil at a Walmart. Never had any issue.

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Old 11-19-2014, 02:40 PM   #15
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I lived at an apartment complex that would evict you if caught.
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Old 11-19-2014, 04:36 PM   #16
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I lived at an apartment complex that would evict you if caught.



yeah...that's how that place I was at was...the property manager lady was TOTALLY OUT OF HER MIND when it came to vehicles.....I opened my hood to fill the washer tank and she was RIGHT THERE giving me ALL KINDS OF **** in less time than it took to pour the bottle in....

I don't think there was an eviction clause in my lease, but she told me that my deposit would be forfeit if I was caught 'doing any work on my car' in the parking lot.

bitch

I gave her hell...

me and another guy who lived there dyed the pool green for st pattys day among other things

she had a MAJOR cow over that one
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:31 PM   #17
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I'm a big fan of using a large piece of cardboard under the car. Makes it nicer to lie down on that instead of the street, and the cardboard will absorb drips you'll get when removing the filter. Though if you have a larger spill that is a whole other story.

Or get a 2015 model and toss on a Fumoto Valve. Filter up top = no spills, valve = no spills.
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