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Old 01-31-2018, 01:22 PM
bob888 bob888 is offline
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Default Cleaning engine after messy oil filter change

Anyone have a good method for cleaning up the engine?
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:40 PM
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Spray it down with Mineral spirits.
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:40 PM
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Brush on automotive engine degreaser. Non flammable. Rinse off with hose.

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Old 01-31-2018, 07:36 PM
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It might be wrong, but I use non-cholorinated brake cleaner.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:59 PM
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Default Break cleaner

I don't think you're wrong I've been using it for many years on all types of applications from bulldozers to motorcycles, Corvettes to airplanes with no harm to anything. BUT NOT THE CANOPY!! Everything seems to harm that piece of clear plastic.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:49 PM
rockwoodrv9 rockwoodrv9 is offline
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A friend gave me an oil filter adapter that positions the filter to come off down so oil will not drip out. I'm sure I will make a mess but at least I have a chance!
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:52 PM
alpinelakespilot2000 alpinelakespilot2000 is offline
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Not an answer to your question asked but an option so that you don’t need to ask the question in the future...

form-a-funnels are the cats meow when it comes to getting the filter off without making a mess. Nothing really worked until I tried it.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:36 PM
Jake14 Jake14 is offline
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Again, not an answer, but I've had good luck with (after loosening filter to finger tight) putting a plastic bag over the filter and fastening it just ahead of the filter with a zip-tie. Then tear a hole in the bag and unscrew the filter. The oil should run down into the (heavy duty) plastic bag, then you can drop the filter in there as well and cut the zip-tie.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:13 AM
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Default Simple Green

I tried this on the belly and was really impressed on how well it works. Could be used elsewhere too.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:23 AM
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After landing from a flight, so the oil is hot, I simply level the plane (tail dragger), start draining the oil, and punch a small hole in the filter so that the oil drains out of the filter. I go home for the evening, and I come back, the filter is empty and all I have to do is wipe up a drop or two. Of course this assumes that the filter is at an angle so that it will drain.
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