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Old 12-15-2018, 10:13 AM   #21
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Curious does the 6.0 PSD have the same issues?
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:47 PM   #22
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Well, more out of curiosity than anything else, I decided to go ahead today and change the oil in the HPOP reservoir in my Excursion 7.3 while doing an overall engine oil change. The long hood on the Ex made it much easier than doing this on a van.

Worst part was using a large syringe to evacuate the reservoir. It took a long time. I did take Tom's experience as a warning, and did this to my syringe tubing (just in case) so there was no way it could drop into the reservoir.


I am not going to do multiple changes in hopes of completely cycling the HPOP reservoir oil. I'm not that interested. I did substitute a quart of Archoil AR9100 for one quart of Motorcraft 15W-40 but I have not started it yet because I'm waiting for the oil level to settle. There's a chance I overfilled by a quart, so I may have some draining to do (good thing I have a Fumoto valve.).

I don't know if this oil filter wrench would work on a van, but it is by FAR the best oil filter wrench I have ever used. I've never had a hard time removing an oil filter with this thing (you use your ratchet with it). Unfortunately, between my other vehicle's smaller diamter oil filters, or just a lack of room, I can't use this wrench on any of my other vehicles.





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Old 03-10-2019, 08:35 PM   #23
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That oil filter wrench is wicked Herb, please link!
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Old 03-10-2019, 08:41 PM   #24
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Found it Herb, thanks!

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Old 03-17-2019, 12:25 PM   #25
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On my Mercedes I used to slurp the engine oil out through the dipstick tube -- all 8 quarts. They'd designed the car for this, with an unusually large-diameter dipstick tube that extended to the bottom of the oil pan. Anyhow, I used a rig called a Topsider that would be perfect for this kind of job, much faster than a turkey baster or a syringe. It was basically a 5-gal metal gas can with a barbed hose fitting screwed into the smaller opening. It came with a hand pump to fit the larger opening, which you'd use to pull a vacuum in the can. In practice I just used a shop-vac for that (with the hose high enough that the oil would all end up in the can, not in the vacuum). With that setup I just switched on the shop vac, cracked open a beer, and waited for the gurgling sounds that indicated it was sucking air. Since the oil filter was also on top, I could do a whole oil change standing up. The same setup came in handy for some other random jobs, like "oops I put too much fluid in the transmission."
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