Learning to change your own oil

Discussion in 'Maintenance Bay' started by NealRomeoGolf, Aug 5, 2020.

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How did you learn to change your airplane engine's oil?

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  1. Salty

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    broken or backward.
     
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    What oil filter cutters do you guys use? Torque wrench?
     
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    I "borrow" my A&P's filter cutter. I don't use a torque wrench, because I'm that good. ;) In seriousness, you don't need a torque wrench for the filter. You don't want it very tight in the first place. As soon as it gets snug by hand, I go another 3/4 turn and done.
     
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    I suppose a torque wrench would be handy for the drain plug, but most of the engines I've done oil changes on had quick drains installed. Spark plugs is about the only place I ever used a torque wrench when doing owner light maintenance.
     
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    No, I've never used a torque wrench as an oil filter cutter ... :D
     
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    I have 3 engines on two airplanes to do, so I have one of these torque wrenches and one of these filter cutters:
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    I never thought of this:

    Seems pretty genius ...
     
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    I'm gonna try it. Will report back ...
     
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    Get a plane with a radial engine and it won't even take 10 hours. :)

    I stopped doing oil changes in my cars about 30+ years ago. I got tired of the mess my 1986 Dodge van made in the driveway because of some design "features" that where in the vehicle. Jeeps marking their territory had nothing on this old beast. I don't miss that "feature" at all.
     
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    That is freakin' CLEVER :cheerswine:

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    I did almost 40-50 oil changes in piper Lance which I just sold last year.
    1. Engine compartment is tight and while trying to remove filter you will get some superficial lacerations ( mostly will look like straight line on your forearm )
    2. Get a proper torque wrench. It will be much easier to remove filter next time. I did it for a while without one and then bought a wrench from tempest. I was surprised that proper torque required was much less than what I was using.
    3. have your mechanic install a flexible hose to the drain plug. Attaching the hose to the drain when engine is hot is PIA.
    4. Be careful with safely wires it has sharp ends and once I got stuck with it deep into my finger on a cold winter day and that was very painful
     
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    What airplane?
     
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    Needle nose pliers - once you finish everything, use the needle nost to "wrap" or form a loop at the end so that there's no loose safety wire end.
     
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    I chuck the engine end in my metal lathe & part the can right next to the chuck. Gotta have a pan under the bed though.
     
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    I tried it today and while I wasn't nearly as proficient and quick as he was it worked quite well for me.

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    We completed the ultimate oil change "0" since major today.
     

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    OBTW,, my Warner would go 25 hours to the quart. no leaks
     
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    A Craftsman model 1019 Laboratory Edition Signature Series torque ... The kind used by Caltech high energy physicists. And NASA engineers.
     
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    maybe now I know why my exes hated my planes! Lol
     
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    it sounds kinda cool but I'm not using my good shears on filters. I guess a throwaway set.
    I wonder how long they would last, making that first cut.
     
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    You're sure it was a radial? :)

    I thought radials never needed the oil level checked. If it wasn't leaking it was empty. :)
     
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    That was always my method. If there ain't no oil dripping out of it, means there ain't no oil in it.
     
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    The F-14 was like that. Anytime they got parked in the hangar bay they had huge cookie sheets under each engine.
     
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    I thought the hardest part was removing and re-installing the lower cowling.

    But to answer the original question, an a&p showed me how to do it, and then a second a & p later showed me how to do it correctly.
     
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    I have a well-positioned access door, and I had an A&P install a quick drain years ago. I use a slip on hose to drain the oil into a large container that can be closed and taken to an oil disposal tank at a shop on the field.

    With an Airwolf firewall mounted filter adapter, filter removal/replacement is quick and simple. Since I began to use the Tempest filter that doesn't require lube to be added to the gasket, I haven't had any issues with sticking filters. I use an Airwolf filter cutter to open it up for inspection, but may try the tin snips method next time to see how that works. I find the hardest and dirtiest part of the job is cutting and removing the pleated filter element to inspect it.
     
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