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Cameron Cuddihy
Tinkerer
North Queensland
UZZ31 GT-L V8

Posts: 20
Reg: 11-2006

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Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 07:52 pm, by:  Cameron Cuddihy (Cam) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Whilst doing my first oil change a few months ago I noticed that my V8's engine sump plug wasn't magnetic, are all soarers like this?
Matthew Sharpe
Goo Roo
North Island
JZZ31

Posts: 2338
Reg: 10-2005

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Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:32 am, by:  Matthew Sharpe (Madmatt) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Possibly because the engine is mostly alloy they didn't see the need?
Anish Varsani
TryHard
QLD
V8 UZZ30

Posts: 491
Reg: 07-2005

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Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:54 am, by:  Anish Varsani (Yomama) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you're keen, get a neodinum magnet from Jaycar and glue it to the plug.

It'll stick to the plug but the glue will ensure it dosn't dislodge and end up sticking to the sump.
Trevor Tai
TryHard
NSW
Soarer TT GT-TL

Posts: 179
Reg: 07-2005

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:10 pm, by:  Trevor Tai (Quiksilva) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

how about aftermarket ones?

$19 from justjap

http://www.justjap.com/parts_nengine.htm

But there have been threads in the past saying that they aren't needed if you do oil changes regularly, which you should!
Michael Howatt
TryHard
Victoria
4.0 GT-L - V8 - UZZ31

Posts: 115
Reg: 12-2005

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 10:34 pm, by:  Michael Howatt (Howatt) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is a handy device. What is it then? It's a tap that screws into the sump, replacing the sump-plug and making it a heck of a lot easier to change the oil. Or to even just drain a small amount for analysis - yes, if you run a high performance car where you analyse the oil for signs of excessive engine wear or oil breakdown, taking those samples just got ridiculously easy.

The Valve
The Engine Oil Drain Valve is Japanese-made and US patented. It uses a high quality forged brass body and stainless steel internal ball valve. To prevent the valve being inadvertently opened, a 'lift and turn' action is required.

The construction quality looks excellent.
Fitting the valve is dead simple - in fact, if it is done when you are doing a normal oil change, it takes no extra time at all.

First up, you undo the sump plug...
...and drain the oil.
Then you screw in the drain valve, which has an identical thread to the sump plug.
Care should be taken that the valve is not over-tightened.
Fill the engine with oil and then whenever you want to drain it or take a sample, lift and turn the lever.


Versions
The valve comes in different versions to suit different engines, with the vast majority of cars on the market catered for. In addition, the valve can be bought with or without a hose nipple.


Conclusion
I think that the Engine Oil Drain Valve is an excellent product. The sealing appears leakproof, the two-step tap opening is likely to be very reliable and the convenient.

The Fumoto Engine Oil Drain Valve range is available :from here
http://www.autospeed.com/cgi-bin/browse.cgi?category=4337
or here
maxtech@tpg.com.au
Contact: Peter Caetano
Maxtech Technology
Phone 0413 073 111



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Shaun Stephenson
TryHard
Vic
Jzz30 TT & ST162

Posts: 305
Reg: 04-2006

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Friday, March 23, 2007 - 03:34 pm, by:  Shaun Stephenson (Neonasty) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can anyone see what little tap getting bumped by something and opening? maybe vibrating open?

Think I'll stick with either a bolt.
Peter Nitschke
JunkFilterer
South Australia
GT4.0 V8

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Reg: 11-2004

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Friday, March 23, 2007 - 06:32 pm, by:  Peter Nitschke (Pen) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

On the V8 at least, the sump plug is at an angle and between the wheels, so if you used the one without the snout it should be pretty safe.
Peter Nitschke
JunkFilterer
South Australia
GT4.0 V8

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Friday, March 23, 2007 - 06:33 pm, by:  Peter Nitschke (Pen) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Shaun Stephenson
TryHard
Vic
Jzz30 TT & ST162

Posts: 307
Reg: 04-2006

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Monday, March 26, 2007 - 09:28 am, by:  Shaun Stephenson (Neonasty) Quote hilighted text Edit Post Delete Post Print Post   View Post/Check IP (Moderator/Admin Only) Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I do a bit of country driving on dirt roads etc. There is quite a bit of sticks and things that come up and hit the sump. You should see the damage the previous owner has done to it. dinted sump and the bracing under the air con radiator. Ouch! I'll get pics one day.

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