Preparing for doing first oil change myself

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SublimeHiPpOs

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I'm planning on changing the oil in the Expy myself for the first time (done it on other vehicles plenty of times before). I'm planning on grabbing some Mobil 1 Advanced and a Motorcraft filter, as well as a Fumoto valve (or similar). I'm just curious if this vehicle has any quarks I should know about or any specific tips?
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Not sure if my 2020 is different, but oil change was a breeze.

Put it up on ramps, regular drain plug (it’s so easy a Fumoto valve seems silly).

There’s a little trough under the oil filter that will drain toward the back (on ramps/lifted at the front) or to the front of the car if it’s level, like on a lift.
 

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Most time consuming part is removing the felt protector where the oil drain bolt is located. I do my oil changes with the vehicle level and the trough Zak mentions where the filter is makes you think the oil will come forward. It doesn't do that, it still flows out the back of the trough so if you aren't prepared it'll come out where you aren't suspecting and make a mess. I found a guy on YouTube who took a 1 quart oil bottle and cut the one side off and put it under the filter in the trough before removing the filter. I tried it yesterday when I changed it and it worked really well and pretty much eliminated the entire mess I had the first time.
 

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Mine isn’t as easy. First i have to remove the felt underbelly pan that blocks the drain plug, then I have to remove the front skid plate to access the filter.

Then the location of the drain plug makes it difficult to not make a mess or get yourself drenched in hot oil. My advice is to cut an empty jug and use the upper half to funnel the oil to your pan.
 

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Electric ratchet makes taking bottom cover off much easier. When you loosen the filter, do it just enough to let the oil drain slowly into the guide. If it drains quickly it will flow out of the plastic channel.
 

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I like the fumito, because you can put a tube on it and drain straight into a container, rather than a catch pan and transfer. Two 7mm (?) bolts at the front of the felt deflector allows it to drop enough to access the drain plug.
 

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I use the Valvomax and it's working really well to avoid a mess. Also I believe the only Mobil 1 that meets the spec is the Extended Performance.
 
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Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken, but it looks like this meets the B1 spec, no?
 

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It does look like it yeah. And now I can't find the post on BITOG that detailed why EP met something or other that the Advanced did not. I put Advanced in my car as well, came across the BITOG post and figured I'd just use EP next time, not a big deal. Interestingly, if you put the Expy into the oil recommendation page at Mobil.com it will spit out the EP as the highest "performance level" for it, but both are recommended.
 
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It does look like it yeah. And now I can't find the post on BITOG that detailed why EP met something or other that the Advanced did not. I put Advanced in my car as well, came across the BITOG post and figured I'd just use EP next time, not a big deal. Interestingly, if you put the Expy into the oil recommendation page at Mobil.com it will spit out the EP as the highest "performance level" for it, but both are recommended.
Good to know. I just mainly went with this because it's available at my Costco and was $10 off for 6 qts.
 
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