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Old 04-04-2019, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default Replace Oil drain plug bolt with a valve and tube

I just completed my first oil change, and found that I had two problems I'd like to resolve when I do this again: 1) oil drips all over the Van Compass front skid plate, and 2) avoiding having to buy another but larger oil drain collection pan to hold the 13 quarts. I'm thinking of solving these two issues with a Fumoto oil drain plug valve with a tube attached and routed thru the front skid plate's oil change opening to a 3 or 5 gallon oil collection/recycling jug, or even just to the empty quarts of replacement oil so I can cleanly drain, collect and recycle the used oil.

The oil drain plug with valve is this. I'd slip on the tube when I change the oil, otherwise it can stay at home. Most of the oil makes it thru the opening in the Van Compass skid plate for the oil to come thru when the plug is removed but the remaining few quarts dribbles all over the skid plate making quite the mess.

What are your thoughts or suggestions on replacing the oil drain plug bolt with a valved plug such as this one and this method of using a tube slipped over it and routed directly into the collection container(s)?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Replace Oil drain plug bolt with a valve and tube

The other alternative is suck the oil out through the dip stick. Several devices on the market, no mess and everything is done from the top. Many dealers use this method. I use this method and there’s is no oil left in the pan. Upside no added device or valve to leak. Sounds like yours is covered by a the skid pan.......but.......when this topic has come up prior, the valve device in an uncovered or unprotected location was a concern for some members.


( a nylon tube place down the dip stick tube is the common way the oil is sucked up into a large container)
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Default Re: Replace Oil drain plug bolt with a valve and tube

What are your thoughts or suggestions on replacing the oil drain plug bolt with a valved plug such as this one and this method of using a tube slipped over it and routed directly into the collection container(s)?

Thanks in advance.[/QUOTE]

I was reluctant to try a Fumoto valve as I could imagine it opening unintentionally and causing an engine failure. The valve handle mechanism is locked however and the drain being on the side of the pan means it is no lower than the existing oil pan.

It makes oil changing a bit slower, but much less messy in the back yard! I've used three now on 2002/2003 vehicles. I see the one you are looking at has some kind of additional clip to make it more secure? You may be able to leave the tube in place and cable tie it to a tie rod or something secure?
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:28 PM   #4
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I just completed my first oil change, and found that I had two problems I'd like to resolve when I do this again: 1) oil drips all over the Van Compass front skid plate, and 2) avoiding having to buy another but larger oil drain collection pan to hold the 13 quarts. I'm thinking of solving these two issues with a Fumoto oil drain plug valve with a tube attached and routed thru the front skid plate's oil change opening to a 3 or 5 gallon oil collection/recycling jug, or even just to the empty quarts of replacement oil so I can cleanly drain, collect and recycle the used oil.

The oil drain plug with valve is this. I'd slip on the tube when I change the oil, otherwise it can stay at home. Most of the oil makes it thru the opening in the Van Compass skid plate for the oil to come thru when the plug is removed but the remaining few quarts dribbles all over the skid plate making quite the mess.

What are your thoughts or suggestions on replacing the oil drain plug bolt with a valved plug such as this one and this method of using a tube slipped over it and routed directly into the collection container(s)?

Thanks in advance.
Carried the Fumotos on all of my cars. Ease of oil change; a bit slower but no mess. One must, however, to make sure that the thread depth is the same as your original oil plug. I noticed that some Fumotos even though they're made for the Sprinter have a shorter thread.

If we go seriously offroad and dry camp during a season, I tend to remove the Fumoto out of suspicious fear hitting an underground obstruction even though the valve is pretty flush with the oil pan.

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I just installed one of these in my 2008 but have yet to use it so I can't comment on its operation.

In addition to the F106N, you should also order the adapter ADP-106. From what I've read it's hit or miss, some people need it for their NCV3 Sprinter and some don't. As it turns out, I did need it (!) and it was well worth the $9 to not have to leave my van with no oil in it for several days while waiting for it to arrive.
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Thanks for all of your thoughts. Yeah, my drain plug is well protected behind the Van Compass skid plate, and hence one of the main reasons I'm looking for a solution to the oil spilling all over the skid plate. A drain plug valve with a hose attached directly to a collection jug would do the trick, and just be a lot cleaner altogether, even if a little slower which doesn't matter. I like the idea of a suction pump removing the oil from the oil dip stick but this is significantly more expensive and another device/tool to store in the garage, so I'm not seeing any real benefit of it over the valved plug with 3 feet of tubing for about $30 vs >$150.
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I have the No Spill Systems plug sitting in a box waiting for the next oil change. It doesn’t have the handle like the Fumoto does so I will give it a try.

http://www.nospillsystems.com/

A Forn-A-Funnel is another option https://www.lawsonproducts.com/Form-...Kit/1524175.lp , or the one gallon plastic jug that I watched Vtsoundman trim to fit. That actually worked quite well with the Van Compass skid plates in place.
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This is my oil change setup. It's so clean it can be easily done in a Walmart parking lot.

I take the container into the auto center to be emptied.



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Mercedes Benz does not recommend girly "suction" method to drain oil.

Drain valve looks attractive but I'll stick with the original and can change oil without spilling a drop because I am so awesome.
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Mercedes Benz does not recommend girly "suction" method to drain oil.

Drain valve looks attractive but I'll stick with the original and can change oil without spilling a drop because I am so awesome.
If I weren't doing it in parking lots, campgrounds, and dispersed camping locations I would too. I had to figure out how to do it without having to deal with a messy drain pan.
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