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Another Fumoto Drain Valve Thread
Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:20 PM
I keep reading that people wouldn't use it "off road." Well, how much off road? We live in western Colorado. We drive in deep snow, and on two track roads from time to time. I definitely don't spend all my time on pavement. But, for any serious 4wd road, I take the Tacoma. A stock OBW is not a 4wd vehicle in my opinion, but we use it to get to some trailheads.
Should this thing only be used in city/ highway applications? What do you think? Maybe I just need to install one and see what it looks like.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 03:20 AM
I have not decided yet!
Posted 01 December 2011 - 05:51 AM
Having a valve cantilevered out where rocks and ice can snap it off seems like asking for trouble on any car that sees more than pavement.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 07:45 AM
I have a 2001 Forester with 111,000 miles on her. I have been using the Fumoto for the last 4 yrs and I love it. But the worst she sees is deep snow and ice chunx in the city.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:26 AM
As to a "shield" that I keep reading references to, unless you install something, there is nothing on the bottom of this car that one rock wouldn't tear off.
So it comes down to use of the car for me. We are putting 20,000 miles per year on it, so I do a lot of oil changes, several laying in the snow. Anything that makes it faster is good.
I have not, in the 10 years I had my 97 OB, or in the one year I have had this one, scraped the bottom on anything. Maybe the nose right under the bumper once or twice on the 97, but never the tranny or pan. I pretty much know where the bottom of the car is, and how to thread a rock through to the side of important parts - but it could happen.
Most of the time, we know where we are going in advance, and if there is any doubt, we take the lifted truck. The 77 Subaru was much more suited to off-road than an Outback. Anyway, right there is the crux. It could happen, and the result would be nasty. Even if you knew you had damaged the valve, and shut the car off before all the oil came out, there you are "in the middle of nowhere."
I don't think I will know if I would be comfortable with it, until I see one on the car and how it sits in relation to the rest of the undercarriage. I am ordering one, and next oil change I'll stick it on there and look at it for a while. Then go with my gut.
I would still love to hear from someone that has one, and drives some light off-road.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 06:16 PM
Every year plenty of people lose engines due to drain plugs failing out. Heck, I 've known a few personally. Often some "technican" at a quickie oil change place didn't tighten the oil drain plug securely. And I've known a few people who have stripped their drain pans.
The real beauty of the Fumoto drain valve is that you only have to tighten it one time for the entire lifetime of your car. The added convenience and speed are just gravy. Plus, you don't have to mess around with "crush" washers. It's not a big deal either way, but I think it's worth a few dollars to make your life a little easier.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 07:59 PM
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