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Old 04-29-2011, 07:15 AM
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First oil change! what to do??

so, im doing the first oil change on my 2008 f250 tonight. gonna replace both fuel filters too and grease all my fittings. is there anything specific that i need to make sure to do? any particular tricks of how to do any of this that anyone has found? im not expecting any problems, but i just want to see if anyone has anything to say about this. WISH ME LUCK!
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:56 AM
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changing oil and fuel filters

started my oil drain 10 mins ago...have my truck on ramps for more wiggle room.i use a 5 gal pail to catch oil....started by loosening both caps up stairs with my 36mm socket...both housings need to drain before going below.when i go back i'll drain fuel [yellow lever] ....use ties to fasten back wire bundle for more space and get the cap off filter housing....if you filter drains fast means you prolly have gunk free internals....i've read where a slow drain means plugging by wax and other debree leading to water lite coming on and subsequent troubles.use oil to lube new rubbergasket rings ....when new filters in place torque caps to 18 lbs,pour in your choice of 15 quarts oil...key on 30 secs 6 times in a row to prime fuel filter and thats it....now i'm off to go finish mine
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You shouldnt have any issues. If you want to make oil changes easier you can put a fumoto valve on your drain pan and that makes it quick easy, and nearly no mess. As for the fuel filter on the frame rail, that is a PITA.... Who ever designed that system should be shot. There are wire harnesses and fuel lines in the way. The easy way to get it off is get about 12-16" worth of extensions on your ratchet and loosen the cap from behind the cross member. Then just wiggle the filter and cap out.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:37 AM
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The frame rail filter is a real PITA to change, I agree with the other posts. Some people detach the harness from the frame, but I just try and wiggle it by. One other thing I have done, since I service these for friends as well. If you can pop the filter element out of the cap before removing it from the HFCM, it's definitely easier IMHO.
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Old 04-30-2011, 01:03 PM
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i'm with you on separating cap and element while it is still up there...the zip fastener that ford has in the frame to hold the wire bundle..i took some side cutters to that leaving the part that goes into the frame in place,then got some pliers and pulled out the zip part,so when i'm done changing the filter out i just use one of my own slim zip fasteners ...pushing it thru the gap of the factory zip that i pliered out and fasten the wire bundle exactly where it sat before.the way my ford is built i dont need an extension on the 36mm socket..way easier without....i also use a clean dello gal jug as a pillow while i'm messin down there,my neck gets way tired if i dont !!....i'm actually out from under the truck real fast and changing that filter now is a snap.
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:52 PM
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I have seen a small oil leak from the engine oil drain plug since the last oil change. I checked the plug and it is tight. Definitely the drain plug leaking. It is leaving a small bit of oil on the ground every time I park it. 36K miles. I guess you need to replace the oil plug / washer too. Not sure how to remedy this before the next oil change. Anyone else have this happen?
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Ya you should change the washer next time. I would get a Fumoto valve next time. This valve makes life so much easier. FUMOTO ENGINEERING
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