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VirginiaBeachA4
12-10-2009, 01:40 PM
well yesterday, i decided to change my oil in my car. i drained it plugged it back up, then filled it again with fresh oil. what did i forget?






exactly, i forgot to change to change my oil filter! i was wondering, can i change the oil filter, without draining my oil again?

Kyle H
12-10-2009, 01:54 PM
it's possible... how fast can you unscrew a filter? [:p]. Just put the drain pan under the car and expect to spill some, not much comes out after the filter so you should be fine only changing it.

RockyMountainB5
12-10-2009, 02:00 PM
What about using an oil extractor?
Suck out the oil through the dipstick, then you could unscrew the old filter with little mess. Otherwise you are gonna get showered with oil. Even for a second is gonna be a mess. How are you gonna get the new filter on, also? i think you need to drain the oil.

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adr3naline fix
12-10-2009, 03:10 PM
+1 on the extractor. Buy one, clean it thoroughly, extract the oil, replace the filter, put the oil back in. Just an idea. You don't want to unscrew the filter without draining the oil, just look at the top-feeded position!

Nebone
12-10-2009, 03:30 PM
Well, all the oil drains to the oil pan which is a foot below the oil filter housing. There will be no oil pressure when you unscrew the oil filter. There will be minimal oil spillage just like you would have during a normal filter change.

Oceanside
12-10-2009, 03:39 PM
alot from two sides, update with your attempt results

adr3naline fix
12-10-2009, 03:40 PM
alot from two sides, update with your attempt results

I'm all for this.

Kyle H
12-10-2009, 05:59 PM
I just had to take off my filter adapter after running oil through the engine and I didn't drain the oil.... I'm assuming his results will be the same as mine.

AudiNinja
12-10-2009, 07:46 PM
Yeah dude. I work at a quick lube shop. we change take the filter off all time without draining. You will just lose the the oil in the filter and the oil between the filter and base plate.

VirginiaBeachA4
12-10-2009, 08:11 PM
So I changed it. I figured that if I left the car off for a bit and wait for the oil to go down, nothing will come out. The unscrewed the filter and the only oil that came out was the oil in the filter. So my answer is yes, I can change it without draining.

PoormansA4
12-10-2009, 08:24 PM
its been done before, actually people used to change their filter more frequently then their oil. by replacing the filter at a certain time to increase longevity of the oil..i personally just do it all at once though as i rather not do something so frequent

BLK_A4
12-11-2009, 02:40 PM
Just spin it off at the most you will lose a half of a quart, i change my oil filter twice before my oil and i change my oil every 3,000. And my oil is almost as clean as it goes in when it comes out : )

ayfour99
12-11-2009, 07:19 PM
Yeah dude. I work at a quick lube shop. we change take the filter off all time without draining. You will just lose the the oil in the filter and the oil between the filter and base plate.

agreed