Having 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.]