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Old 07-09-2008, 08:28 AM   #15
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wendnesday morning quarterback here.....
i guess we should all check the dipstick before we leave after the service.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:07 PM   #16
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Bill , didn't realize the dealer was that far away . If you loosen the drain plug very slowly it will start leaking before it comes all the way out . You'll have to judge 2 qts , then you can tighten the plug again . This way you won't loose it all .Don't do this with the engine hot , it's going to get on your hand. Before the next change get one of those Fumoto valves as mentioned before , it makes it so easy you may decide to change your own oil. Good luck
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:11 PM   #17
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wendnesday morning quarterback here.....
i guess we should all check the dipstick before we leave after the service.
Lost a rear differential because a mechanic forgot to put the plug back in after checking the fluid level , so yes check the dipstick after an oil change.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:41 PM   #18
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Bill , didn't realize the dealer was that far away . If you loosen the drain plug very slowly it will start leaking before it comes all the way out . You'll have to judge 2 qts , then you can tighten the plug again . This way you won't loose it all .Don't do this with the engine hot , it's going to get on your hand. Before the next change get one of those Fumoto valves as mentioned before , it makes it so easy you may decide to change your own oil. Good luck
My hesitations with the drain valve are.

The Ford plug is right on the bottom of the pan. I have had a rock knock the drain valve off my water tank on the trailer. Losing all my water is not the same as losing all my oil.

Second the flow rate through this drain , even when the oil is hot is quite slow due to the small bore in the valve. If you are going to change your own oil just get under there and pull the plug.
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Bill , didn't realize the dealer was that far away . If you loosen the drain plug very slowly it will start leaking before it comes all the way out . You'll have to judge 2 qts , then you can tighten the plug again . This way you won't loose it all .Don't do this with the engine hot , it's going to get on your hand. Before the next change get one of those Fumoto valves as mentioned before , it makes it so easy you may decide to change your own oil. Good luck

Hi Bob, yeah, that is what I did…tough to say how much came out, looked to be a quart before it hit the cross hatch , so I don’t know if they really did put the 2 quarts extra in or just forgot to return it to me.

I usually do my own maintenance, but being as this truck is new, and really only gets serviced once/year (it is not a daily driver) I like to bring it by the dealer for a good look-over.

All ready to go, I’ll be heading up your way; Ossipee area for a week, then up to Connecticut Lakes area-can’t wait!
Trying to get back to Russell Pond too, maybe late August-what a great spot!

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