Messy Oil filter change

filters
oil

#1

I have a 99 Mazda Protege and my oil filter is hard to reach. Anyway, its above the bottom frame of the car and when I go to change it out after I’ve drained all the old oil, theres always some left in the filter that pours out when I unscrew it and gets everywhere or sits in the frame and drips onto the garage floor for weeks. I know that was a run-on sentence but does anyone know what I’m doing wrong or if there’s a better way to do it? Thanks


#2

The cure are called “shop rags”. Use several of them and work quickly…


#3

Stab a hole in the top, or side, of the filter. Loosen the filter a half turn to let the oil drain into a funnel, or catch-pan. After it drains, remove the filter. Less mess.


#4

As I always do, change the oil outdoors and take a hose to the puddles and car frame.


#5

I take a small plastic bag (grocery)and after you loosen it-- put the bag around and up as high you can go-- then finish unscrewing the filter and slowly bring the filter down, grabbing the top with the other hand…


#6

They made the 87 truck the same way. Thank you Mazda. You haven’t changed enough.