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Question Basic Oil Change Question - Procedural

I'm going to attempt a solo engine oil change and FD oil change tomorrow. How far (miles or time) do I need to ride the LT for it to be sufficiently warm for the fluids to drain properly?

Or, can it be idled for a few minutes and accomplish the same thing? (but then, the FD wouldn't be warm at all... right?)

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Re: Basic Oil Change Question - Procedural

Drive her around until she is up to temp and change the rear drive first while the engine cools down. Don't forget to remove the filler plug before you drain the rear drive. The whole idea is that more fluid will drain out with it hot. Just let the engine cool down so you can hold your hand on the filter access. Then start the engine and run it for a few seconds to "stir up" the oil and change it then.

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Re: Basic Oil Change Question - Procedural

Plus, if you can't get the fill plug out of the FD, you don't want to drain it yet.

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Re: Basic Oil Change Question - Procedural

Go down 555 hit 676, then come home....everything should be "warm" by then

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Re: Basic Oil Change Question - Procedural

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I'm going to attempt a solo engine oil change and FD oil change tomorrow. How far (miles or time) do I need to ride the LT for it to be sufficiently warm for the fluids to drain properly?

Or, can it be idled for a few minutes and accomplish the same thing? (but then, the FD wouldn't be warm at all... right?)
Yes, it is always good to warm the oil before draining. I would suggest at least a 15 minute ride and longer doesn't hurt, but probably doesn't help much either.

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