Has anyone used a fumoto valve to replace the oil drain plug? I use to get the fram sure drain and have used it on my last 4 vehicles and loved it. Made changing oil a lot less messy. I just found out that the fram sure drain was discontinued. So I saw this fumoto valve and was curious if anyone has used it?
Yes the fram had a screw on tube that activated the valve. It was a good system. So much better than openning the standard plug and hope you have the drain pan in the right spot. I use one of those pans thats a jug. You lay it flat and unscrew the large cap covering the hole for the oil to go into. Its not a huge openning so if its not in the right spot then oil goes everywhere. Especially if there is a little wind but its great in that it holds 12 quarts of oil so when its full I can dump it into an old 5 quart oil jug and take it to be recycled.
I am using the fumoto on my 4.7 01 wj. It is great I have had it over 2 years no problems. I have the one with the nipple for the hose just slip a short piece of hose on and put that in the pan. Drains fast and easy. I also put a stainless steel hose clamp over the opening lever so that it can't be moved or opened without using a flat blade screwdriver to remove the hose clamp first. It stays closed no problem without it but it is added piece of mind that it won't open on its own and makes it harder because someone has to have a screwdriver with them to open it. I recommend this hose clamp add on.
Have had one on each of our 4.7 WJs, 01 and 04, for years. Got the ones without the nipple. Work well and with no mess. I wouldn't recommend them for off-roading because they might possibly get knocked off.
I wouldn't worry about that. If you hit your oil pan hard enough to break off the fumoto valve I think you would have other damage such as a busted oil pan. After all the ones on the wj's aren't that thick just look at all the ones that rust through. Also you could always get a skid to protect the pan.
Does anyone know if the mopar front skid plate would cover the oil pan area? I have read that only the transfer case skid plate is worth getting but if the front plate would protect the oil pan area it may be worth getting if I buy the fumoto valve.
I have the fumoto valve on my 94 zj. Had it for 2-3 year and no problems so far. It turns out that a 5qt oil jug fits just perfect under the valve, so I just use an empty one to catch the old oil and the leave it for recycling. No need to pour messy oil between different containers. I fill 6qt and lose about 1qt between oil changes.