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post #11 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 03:52 AM
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Drain plug torque?

Does anyone know the official drain plug torque for the Pacifica? Is there a crush washer that is installed with the plug?

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post #12 of 73 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 11:16 AM
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Oil Pan Drain Plug: 27 Nm / 20 Ft-lbs

There is a gasket. The Service Manual says: Replace the drain plug and gasket if damaged.
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I've changed the oil on my 2017 twice now, easy job.
Nice job on the write up, Thank you

Wish I would have thought to match mark the oil filter housing before removing it the first time, that's a good idea.

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Nice description of changing your oil from below the car. After seeing the oil filter is top mounted, I use an oil extractor in the oil dipstick tube from the top of the van. After having a total knee replacement, this seems much easier for me. Let negative air pressure be your friend! No more getting under the van to change the oil. Mine takes 6 quarts by the way of Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 0w-20 oil. After the oil is extracted, I just reverse the oil back into the empty oil bottle for recycling.
I don't think you get as much oil and whatever sludge there might be in the engine out this way. The fast rush of oil out the drain plug gives a good complete drain and takes whatever has settled into the bottom of the pan with it. Sucking it out at a slow rate and not sure exactly where the end of the tube is doesn't do as good a job. Does it matter? I don't know, but it just feels better to me to get a good drain of what is in the engine. I do use oil suction devices where I have no other viable option which is typically on inboard boat engines where space is tight and spillage into the bilge is a big problem.
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I don't think you get as much oil and whatever sludge there might be in the engine out this way. The fast rush of oil out the drain plug gives a good complete drain and takes whatever has settled into the bottom of the pan with it. Sucking it out at a slow rate and not sure exactly where the end of the tube is doesn't do as good a job. Does it matter? I don't know, but it just feels better to me to get a good drain of what is in the engine.
You may be right, but my reasoning is this:

1st, there shouldn't be any sludge at all it you are changing your oil when you should.

2nd, if an oil extractor won't pick it up, then neither will the oil pump, and you could run essentially forever with a healthy coat of sludge on the bottom of the oil pan and your engine would never be the wiser.

When I first starting using an extractor, I removed the drain plug a couple of times after extracting just to see what else I would get out, and I got either nothing or next to nothing. There is always a little bit of old oil in an engine after an oil change and I assessed that the very small amount that I might add to that by using an extractor was negligible.
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There are videos on Youtube that show there is less oil left in the pan (they pulled the pan, twice!) and there was less oil in the pan with the extractor than with pulling the plug.
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Which oil filter?

There's quite a few oil filters out there ranging in price and apparent quality. I saw some interesting ones on Amazon. I'm curious if anyone chooses anything over oem and why?
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There's quite a few oil filters out there ranging in price and apparent quality. I saw some interesting ones on Amazon. I'm curious if anyone chooses anything over oem and why?
Which oil filter indeed....thread merged. Search is your friend.
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Easy as pie with a mityvac extractor. How long does it take to getting an accurate reading after running the motor?
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There are videos on Youtube that show there is less oil left in the pan (they pulled the pan, twice!) and there was less oil in the pan with the extractor than with pulling the plug.
Facts are pesky.
indeed they are and I sure wouldn't trust youtube for the facts on everything. If the facts do not make good physical sense they aren't likely to be facts unless the provider comes up with a real description of why this is the case.


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