Another stupid question

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by mat 60, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. mat 60

    mat 60 Senior Member

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    Guys...When I take off my oil filter I make a mess of my bike..:(..Im gesing all I can do is stuff rags around it and remove fast....??...Please forgive me 4 asking but this wont be the last time...You guys are my only biker frends..My frends are boring...Also to tell you the truth I havent worked on bikes....Only cars and snowmobiles.......So If I say Im sorry will that cover me 4 lets say, A WEEK????....THANK YOU:D
     
  2. Dr.Evil

    Dr.Evil Junior Member

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    J&P sells a plastic thingy that slides under the filter. I tried using tin foil and still made a mess.
     
  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    There are various solutions to having a mess free oil filter change i personally like to use the brutal approach
    I have the bike on the side stand very slightly loosen off the filter then on the closed end knock a wee hole in the lower part of the filter and one at the top having first put a drain pan under the end of the filter and the oil comes out of the lower hole and into the drain pan no mess on bike
    once oil stops dripping unscrew filter and remove and dispose of old filter at local recycling centre

    Brian
     
  4. Rhys

    Rhys Active Member

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    I used cut strips from a cardboard box and it worked with a very minimum spillage. Try it.
    Rhys
     
  5. dbinbc

    dbinbc Active Member

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    I made a drain trough out of some plastic pipe, stuff old rags under area first, put drain trough in place, pop a hole in top and bottom of the filter top and let it drain. Once drained, remove but there is no way of ever NOT having a bit of a mess. the rags get most of it, soapy water gets the rest.
     
  6. JBC2565

    JBC2565 Junior Member

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    I cut open the side of 2-liter bottle (leave bottom and top intact) and slide under filter. Does a good job getting most the oil, then I use brake cleaner to clean up (don't spray near electrical connector).
     
  7. sharpscuba

    sharpscuba Banned

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    Ditto on the 2 liter bottle. Cut it to slide under the filter, lay a shop rag down ,slide the bottle all the way up, punch a hole in the bottom and the top of the filter and let it flow. I never see a drop on the floor doing it this way.
     
  8. Dr.Evil

    Dr.Evil Junior Member

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    If you just remove the filter, the oil will get behind the plastic.

    The "hole" idea sounds great.

    You're never too smart to learn something new.
     
  9. mat 60

    mat 60 Senior Member

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    Thanks to all....:)
     
  10. 01dynaglide

    01dynaglide Junior Member

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    This is the same thing that I do and it works GREAT!