|03-25-2013 09:38 AM|
I use one on the Jeep, since the pan is aluminium and costs $500, I'm not stripping it out with the steel plug. Had it for years and love it.
I will NOT use it on either one of the Foci I have as they are both too low to use one.
|03-25-2013 07:57 AM|
Officially changed the oil on the 2002 Focus with the Fumoto valve this weekend.
Great product, super convenient - wish I had installed it sooner and will have one on all of my cars going forward.
Also, used a Form-A-Funnel with the filter - less impressed with that, but it might do better as I get more familiar with it - pretty cramped filter location on the 2002 Focus, though.
|10-29-2012 06:27 AM|
Officially, or unofficially?
I don't know of anyone who has actually installed an F107SW.
OTOH, it's basically a combination of the two parts that fofo60 installed, so no reason that I wouldn't expect it to work.
Fumoto sells several extenders, so you could always use another ADP adapter with the F107SW - but I know you don't want to buy extra parts or find out you need that after you drained all the oil ...
|10-27-2012 01:33 PM|
|Coltm4||Can someone verify F107SW will be long enough to clear the obstruction?|
|09-13-2012 09:49 PM|
|09-13-2012 09:40 PM|
|fofo60||Fumoto is a Japanese company and their valves are the only ones that I have ever used. Great research, there is a lot out there about these valves. I have heard about Fumoto's warranty, it is unusual that they will cover the engine if the valve fails. Glad to see that someone removed the valve and found very little oil left in the engine. Good luck.|
|09-13-2012 04:44 PM|
I did more on-line research and am seriously considering getting one of these.
A couple of points not mentioned here:
They have a lifetime warranty - even including warranting the engine from damage caused by failure of the valve.
These are really only good if you are the ONLY one who changes your oil and you ALWAYS change the oil yourself. Most professional oil change shops will have never heard of it and you would have to show them how to work it.
On another forum, a member mentioned that he drained his oil with one and afterward removed the Fumoto valve and only a little bit of oil drained out - so there is not that much oil left in the pan (at least compared to what would be normally).
Someone on another from thought they were an American company as the website used to be fomotousa.com - but I think they are Japanese, and the website name implies to me they are NOT American.
I use a magnetic pilot point drain plug to pull shavings out of the oil and keep them out of the engine, and you lose that feature, but I'm not sure how much difference it makes anyway.
There are two competing products, but I think the Fomoto is better than either one - but I don't know of anyone selling the Fomoto locally:
Fram used to sell a product called Sure Drain (that I HAD seen locally and was getting confused with this). The sure drain uses a flush (thin, not toilet) valve and then a special hose that depresses the seat in the valve and allows the oil to flow through the hose, but Fram has discontinued it. The issue I see with it would be misplacing the hose and having to store a hose with used oil until the next oil change.
Dorman sells a product called EZ-Drain - where there is a knurled cap that you push in and rotate 1/4-turn and the oil drains through the cap. Sounds good in theory, but Amazon reviews mention lots of leaks - and you can't attach a hose to it to direct the oil where you want it.
I've also seen a product with a knurled cap on a lanyard - but the only advantages there are not needing a wrench and not dropping the cap into the hot oil.
Overall, the Fumoto looks like a very good option to me!!!
|09-13-2012 03:46 PM|
|fofo60||I just did not want someone to read my original post and place an order without knowing about the new valve. The edit of the initial post will take care of that. Thanks.|
|09-13-2012 03:04 PM|
I see where you edited your initial post to add the new part and that was probably a good idea. (Maybe that's what you meant).
|09-13-2012 02:52 PM|
I have one of these on my truck and it makes oil changes easy, slide underneath, attach tube to nipple, and turn the lever.
I still get oil on my hands when I remove the oil filter though :P
Will look into adding this after I do my first oil change the regular way to see if it would be as useful.
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