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oil change - cross member in way

Old 11-21-2014, 03:30 PM
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Default oil change - cross member in way

Hey guys,

I have a 2009 Aspen with the 5.7 MDS engine. I did my first oil change and found that a cross member is right underneath the oil drain plug. I got the plug out ok but had a big mess with the oil splashing off the cross member. Sorry I don't know exactly what this cross member does but I would like to know what you guys are doing to avoid this mess.

thank you,
Old 11-23-2014, 10:05 AM
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Yeah, oil changes for this vehicle are messy. You can try to direct the oil flow from the drain plug with a funnel or something, or just wipe the cross member when you're done. I do the latter.
Old 12-14-2014, 08:57 PM
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Yep one of the messiest oil changes I have done on any vehicle that I've owned. The filter is a PITA too to get down away from engine without spilling oil all over the place. I just wipe everything down when finished with oil drained and new filter on.
Old 12-21-2014, 11:17 AM
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One of the first things I ordered for my first oil change is a Fumoto Quick Drain valve. These things are great. Have them on all my vehicles. Replaces the original drain plug and has a quick release lever to drain so no more worrying about stripping out drain plugs or pans. You can also get them with "Nipples" to be able to attach a tube to and direct the flow around the cross member. For just under $30 directly from their website, it's a great investment.
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