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shredded my forearm doing oil filter change.

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Not THAT kind of 'escort', Nov 6, 2017.

  1. Not THAT kind of 'escort'

    Not THAT kind of 'escort' FEOA Donator

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    I'm I supposed to disconnect hoses to do this, or do it from underneath, or grow smaller arms or something?

    I admit I'd had a few drinks and it was cold, so maybe I wasn't as sensitive to pain, but still seems like PIA.

    I do own a nice fancy filter wrench, but I normally just use hands, and I'd have to reach down to install the new one anyways.https://www.grainger.com/product/45...ice^c-plaid^82496526117-sku^45FF23-adType^PLA

    I'm about 6' 1" and 250lbs so I'm big but not huge.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I always do it from below. I use a strap wrench most times - unless I happen to find my metal pivoting ring wrench first.
    I have yet to do it without getting some oil onto the ground; but my driveway in VA is gravel, my driveway in TX is mostly sand.
    It was 90 in the shade down here in south TX, 8 miles from Mexico. Im hoping for some cooler weather.
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    I change the filter from underneath too by putting the car on ramps. It's not easily accessible but I manage to get my arm in there and can usually remove the filter by hand and wiggle it out the bottom. I also put the new filter on from the bottom.
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    I put the car on ramps and take the filter out from the top. I just reach behind the motor and unscrew it a little, let it drain, then remove it with the open end facing upwards.

    If you look, every hose, clamp, etc is shaped exactly to be bent out of the way to fit the circumference of the filter right out the top.

    I also install the new one from the top...
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    I always unscrew it from the top, but only one engine (I can't remember if it's the zetec or the SPI) can I fit the filter up through. The other one I have to lay the filter on the crossmember and go down under and retrieve it. I then put the new filter on the crossmember and install it from the top.
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    I pull the filter from the top , but i have pencil arms.
    Lol
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    98_Jim FEOA Member

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    I've always done it from the bottom. (And even that way is a bit awkward).

    I put the car up on jack stands to get at the crank case plug. Since the car is already jacked up, it's not much extra work to reach up and unscrew the filter.
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  8. Escort230

    Escort230 I named my baby OJ.

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    Duuude.
    Seriously, while I am the DIY king, this is one job I don't bother with.
    This car uses the cheapest oil known to mankind, non synth etc.
    And you can get it done for as little as 19.99 at the local Goodyear.
    I have it done down the street, walking distance for like $30. just for convenience sake.
    Seriously not worth jacking up the car and going from underneath.

    With my 02 C230 Benz I do all my oil changes, but the filter is on top, i use a drill powered pump to get the oil, and it saves me at least $60$100 from going to a mechanic, takes 8 freakin' quarts of Mobil 1.

    The small amount saved DIY'ing (if any!) on the escort just ain't worth it.
    5 quarts + a filter costs about the same as getting it done.
    It's a no brainer! So fuggetaboutit!
  9. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    But that would mean letting another person work on my Escort!! Wont happen!!! I also dont loan anyone my chainsaw or oxy-acetyelene torch.
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  10. Escort230

    Escort230 I named my baby OJ.

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    Bwaa haaa ha! Well I don't trust most things to mechanics, but a simple oil change, I do check to see if there's any leaks. (I've heard horror stories of dumasses who forget to tighten the filter or plug) and check the level to make sure the oil is clean.
    But not much else, I'll allow a mechanic to do.
    We have a DIY shop here where you can rent time by the hour,
    with a lift which I use sometimes, but it's like $35 an hour.
    Did a trans flush on the benz there last year.
    Currently live in an apt. which make it hard, but I still do shit anyway.

    I got a $90 ticket for leaving my car on jacks overnight....
    didn't pay it, and likely it's $190 now on my next registration for the benz.
    Farging Iceholes. Hard to fight it, they take pictures, and you can see them on the web when you login to the ticket site. Hilarious. No your honor my car was not on jacks.
    Oh yeah, what's this? (photo)
    Oh, I don't know HOW that happened!
    Must've been a homeless person trying to strip my car!!!
    Ha

    So anything that requires jacking the car up, makes me nervous. The cost of the ticket easily exceeds 2 hours of rack rental....so...it's a toss up. I did the passenger side brakes on the Escort on the street, but then went to a parking lot to do the drivers side, and parked my girls ML sideways to block the view of me working on the car from the parking lot cameras.
    Had it done in a 1/2 hour....
    And by the way, this is butt fuck San Jose, the armpit of California.
    Fucking hate this place....used to be nice years ago...no more.
    They protect illegal immigrants, sanctuary city, no penalties here for crossing the border and living here illegally which is like a felony or something right, but working on your car is a $90 fine. Go figure.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    "They protect illegal immigrants, sanctuary city, no penalties here for crossing the border and living here illegally which is like a felony or something right, but working on your car is a $90 fine. Go figure."

    You are not well informed.
    Being in the US with out a visa, or a residency permit, or citizenship, is not a felony. It is not actually against criminal law. It is a civil offense. (Kind of like working on your car where the zoning laws dont permit it).
    If convicted of such an offense (yes a trial would be involved) the penalty is deportation on the first offense. But that would be after the undocumented person may have been incarcerated for several months or a year or more: which seems like a penalty to me. (You can shorten the incarceration period if you agree in writing to be deported.)
    And unlike being arrested for a crime (like a felony), I am fairly sure you dont get a free lawyer for civil offenses.
    I dont know about California, but in many jurisdictions, the only free lawyer is for a charge that involves jail time before trial (usually for a felony) - after you prove you cant afford a lawyer.

    There are also a few million of the undocumented who were brought here as children. Do you think they should have run away from their parents, and hitch-hiked back to the country where they were born? Oh, wait;.....hitch-hiking is more or less illegal in California!
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    Leaving your car on jack stands overnight, and popping it on ramps for 20 minutes to do an oil change are two totally different things. I'm with denisond3 - I'll have no hacks at a $19.99 oil change place touch my car.

    So leave it. Isn't that always the answer? Love it or leave it.

    deonsond3 is right. You are talking meaningless, ill-informed nonsense in this regard. Illegal immigrants are not your problem.
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