Oil Change Trick

I was changing the oil in 2884L the other day, and I was looking for a way to minimize oil spilling while I remove the oil filter.  The O-320 in the Warrior has a horizontally mounted oil filter on the top rear of the engine.  Removing the filter usually results in a cascade of hot, dirty oil down the back of the engine, all over the fuel pump, and the inside of  the cowling.  The clean-up is no fun.

I had tried a few methods in the past, but all resulted in spills and pain-in-the-ass cleanups.  I tried something new this time.  I cut the top off an old oil bottle and then made a relief cut in one long side of the bottle.  This allowed me to position the bottle below the filter at an angle.


I don’t have a picture of the oil catcher in use, but I didn’t spill a drop.

Future mods may include a strap to hold the bottle in place but it works just fine by hand.

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