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post-futomo1.jpgHaving seen our mention of the Gearwrench magnetic oil drain socket set, reader Michael O’Connor wrote in to suggest this as a better solution.  The Fumoto valve installs in place of a standard drain plug and lets you drain engine oil by simply raising the level and turning it a quarter-turn.  Another quarter-turn stops the flow.  No worrying about catching or retrieving the drain plug!

We’d always been afraid that drains of this type could be opened accidentally by road debris, but Michael reports that he’s used one for years with no issues.  Maybe it’s time to give them a shot.

The Fumoto Engine Oil Drain Valve [YM International Co.]

 

3 Responses to The Fumoto Engine Oil Drain Valve

  1. Joe Brown says:

    What a dream, to never have to futz with an oil drain plug ever again… it’s just a dream. As a mechanic, I would strongly advise against adding any unnecessary protrubances to the bottom of your car. The danger alluded to above, of it being knocked off by road debris is real, and it scares the hell out of me. A car with its oil rapidly drained is destined to be roadside sculpture.

  2. tj says:

    Arent drainplugs magnetic which trap and allow inspection of metal fillings when plug is removed? Im not sure how this would work with this plug? I think I saw a quick-release drain plug for sale at napa – similar concept…

  3. steve says:

    not all drainplugs are magnetic. some oilpans have a flat refridgerator style magnet in the bottom like a tranny pan. you could always use a strainer or something to catch shavings.

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