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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 12, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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oil change with headers

Well just my 2 cents but changing the oil with headers is a challenge without getting oil on the headers and ruining the coating. This is what I do hope it helps someone anyway. I use a funnel and put it up to the oil filter the poke a hole in the filter with a screwdriver and let the oil drain straight down missing the headers then I unscrew the filter keep the funnel in place because oil still comes out then dry it up the filter with a rag and slip a ziplock bag over the filter and unscrew it and let it fall in the bag then ziplock the bag closed. My headers reqiure turning the filter sideways which would spill oil on the header but with the ziplock bag no oil on headers Anyway good luck!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 12, 06:37 AM
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Re: oil change with headers

Good tip. Also covering the collector with a 3 lb coffee can helps.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 12, 01:09 PM
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Or letting everything cool down and drape the pipes with plastic? Or some other heat resistant material if you want to do a hot oil change?

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Tin foil

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 12, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Re: oil change with headers

I guess every car is different on my car tin foil or plastic wont work since i have to turn the oil filter sideways to get it out
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 12, 01:36 PM
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Re: oil change with headers

I had a spare section of 6" dia HVAC pipe. Slit it down the seam and slip it around the header in similar manner to the coffee can idea. I turned the rear facing edge up a bit so oil can't run off the end. Works great.

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Meaning wrap the collector and pipes with tin foil, so if you do slop any oil on it, when you're done, tear off the tin foil and voila, no oil ever touched the pipes.

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 12, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Re: oil change with headers

with the hooker super comps on a big block it will not work on my car turning the oil filter sideways is the only way to get the filter out I wish the tin foil would work on mine but it wont it is a total "pita"
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 12, 01:00 AM
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Yes it's a messy job, I just wrap a Plastic Garbage Bag over the Header Collector.

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I use old plastic shopping bags to cover the headers when I change oil.

Just wrap one around the pipes, let the oil leak on them & remove after you put the new filter on.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 12, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Re: oil change with headers

wrapping the headers you have to deal with messy oily plastic or foil, then the oil dripping off the plastic or foil would get all over the place my method keeps the oil contained to one stream which falls into my catch pan.I am having fun with this tip it turned out to be a better topic then I originally thought. I guess it is whatever works for you guys. There is more than one way to skin a cat. All I can say is give it a shot if you don't like it then wrapping it is.
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