Avoiding messy oil changes


LawnSite Gold Member
Yeah sure I understand that. What I don’t understand is how do you get the filter off your engine and not spill oil all over the place when you’re removing it? That’s what I’m trying to figure out.

I never could.

that's why after all these years of cleaning up messy, used oil, I just let my dealer do them.

I'm lazier now, not so interested in saving a few bucks vs. hassle free.

(and should probably exit this thread now. lol)


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Memphis TN
I blow air through the oil filler after all oil has gravity drained. Seems to get most of what is left out of the filter. Most, not all.


LawnSite Senior Member
Lehi Ut
Like everybody has been saying. Before you loosen the filter, punch a hole at 12 and at 6 in the end of the filter, farthest from the engine. Put the modified oil container under it to catch what drains out. When it's stopped draining then use the sammich bag over the filter when you pull it off. Have the replacement filter gasket oiled and ready to go and you won't have much to clean up. While you are waiting it will give you time to check over the machine.

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