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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Albuquerque, Nm
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Many auto parts stores will have drain pans large enough to accept the full capacity of the 7.3L motor. (and you can go to autozone to recycle the old oil).
IIRC, my drain plug is 21mm. I use a chain wrench to get my filters off. (it's easier than trying to mess with a stupid strap wrench) With the SD's, a large pipe wrench (18" or 24"), works great to get the oil filters off. I have also heard of guys using a screwdriver to get the old filter off, but I'd save that for the "last resort".
As for oil. It's a highly debated topic. (what oil to use) Some say go synthetic, others say conventional. Just do your homework, and make a decision. (it's your truck) Just make sure you've got a proper oil for a diesel engine. And if you're planning on replacing the oil on a regular (not extended) interval, most any oil filter will be fine. (once again, it's kind of debated as to if any are better than others)
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Providentia Remedium Belli
Early 1995 F-350 Crew Cab Long Bed
33" Hankook RT03 Muders
DIY Intake w/ Napa 6637 filter
3" DP to 4" exhaust
Charge Air Cooler
Upgraded gear reduction starter
Bypass Oil System
Bypass/ Coolant filter system