Oil Filter Change Procedure


Old 07-17-03, 10:56 AM
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Unhappy Oil Filter Change Procedure

I have a Craftsman lawn tractor with a 13 HP Koehler engine. My question is how can I remove the oil filter without making a mess? The filter is mounted in the upside-down position and is of an anti-drain back type which doesn't allow the oil to drain back into the crankcase when the engine is turned off. Is there any accepted procedure for replacing the filter without dumping a half-pint of old oil all over the engine and mower?
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Old 07-17-03, 09:40 PM
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I don't think there is a way to change it without a mess.
The way I do it is to use the cardboard the filter comes on to make a trough. Put something under the left rear tire (brick or 4X4) so you get better drainage to the right. Put the cardboard trough under the filter flange draining it in to a pan. It should drain the oil away from the engine. There will always be some oil you will need to wipe off the under side of the filter flange.
Good Luck.
Old 07-17-03, 10:12 PM
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Thiggy...look closely at the aluminum casting that the filter mounts to....some of them have a small drain plug. If it has one, drain that first...if not, roger gave good advice.

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