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2013 Rav4-- Fumoto valve?

Who has one? I am curious how they fit the RAV4...Works great on my Accord, but I wonder how they angle on the RAV.
Now that the free maintenance is over, I am doing it myself..
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Kinda surprised no one has installed a Fumoto valve...
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I don't understand this product. It took me longer to write this message than it is to remove the drain plug.
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I don't understand this product. It took me longer to write this message than it is to remove the drain plug.
Why bother to reply?
I like it for the following reasons:

It's faster than a removing drain plug.
It's cleaner than a drain plug.
No dropped plug in the pan.
No worries about drain pan threads...
I don't have to go to war over the crush washer on the intrawebs.
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I have pulled more drain plugs than most everyone here combined (not counting other professional mechanics) and have seen these get knocked off and banged up. They hang down much lower than the stock drain plug.


Other than that, I can buy a lot of drain plug gaskets for what the valve costs. As CircusEnvy said, it's not difficult or time consuming to remove the drain plug. Maybe 5 seconds.

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I have pulled more drain plugs than most everyone here combined (not counting other professional mechanics) and have seen these get knocked off and banged up. They hang down much lower than the stock drain plug.


Other than that, I can buy a lot of drain plug gaskets for what the valve costs. As CircusEnvy said, it's not difficult or time consuming to remove the drain plug. Maybe 5 seconds.
Wow, sort of an actual response to my question....On the accord it doesnt hang down at all... On the Rav, the plug faces down on an angle....?

Now class, any of you out there install one and have pics...?
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I have used Fumoto valves for years. On the Cummins engine in my Dodge Ram, on our Nisan Maxima, on a previously owned Subaru Imprezza. Never a problem. They are super convenient, less messy, can drain the oil while it is still hot without risk of burning yourself, allow oil changes without any tools and you can easily take samples if you are the type to have your motor oil analyzed.

Like you said, the hole for the drain plug is at an angle on the side of the pan. So a Fumoto valve is not going to hang any lower than the OEM plug. Kind of makes you wonder if someone claiming it will hang lower that has ever even looked at the drain plug on a Rav. The plug is similarly angled on our Maxima. Never a problem and it sits lower than the Rav.

I have not got around to installing one on the Rav yet because we're at about 27,000 miles on it so it's only oil changes so far have been at the dealer. If I can get good prices on oil changes at the dealer I may just keep using their service. Otherwise I will probably add a Fumoto valve to the Rav, although with that retarded internal filter changing the oil is going to require tools and be messy anyhow.
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Kind of makes you wonder if someone claiming it will hang lower that has ever even looked at the drain plug on a Rav.

I believe you are referring to my post. I am an ASE Certified Master Technician with Advanced Level 1 certification. I am also a Missouri Recognized Repair Technician. I have been professionally employed as a mechanic since the late 70s. I own a 2010 RAV4.


I take offense to your comment.
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I believe you are referring to my post. I am an ASE Certified Master Technician with Advanced Level 1 certification. I am also a Missouri Recognized Repair Technician. I have been professionally employed as a mechanic since the late 70s. I own a 2010 RAV4.


I take offense to your comment.
So what vehicles have you seen these banged up and knocked off (that didn't also have damage to the pan or frame)?

As for being a mechanic, those of us working at home do not have the luxury of a lift or a pit and drain pan that allows us to position ourselves and our hands to remain out of the path of the oil while having the pan positioned to catch what's coming out.

I've been changing oil since 1997 and these valves, installed on vehicles with sufficient clearance, are a Godsend.
My wife's '04 Rav4 was too close to the ground and the Fumoto would have hung down too far, so I used a Fram Sure Drain on that one. Worked great.
I loved changing the oil in that car... crank the wheel to the right and everything was right there.

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as soon as someone starts listing their life accomplishments, I go deaf.
I asked a simple question and as usual, the internet responds with non sequiters .

WHO has one? How does it fit the RAV4?
I sweat it's like talking to my wife
How much was that dress ?- it was on sale.

WHO has one? How does it fit the RAV4?
I don't understand this product. It took me longer to write this message than it is to remove the drain plug.
WHO has one? How does it fit the RAV4?
I have pulled more drain plugs than most everyone here combined (not counting other professional mechanics) and have seen these get knocked off and banged up. They hang down much lower than the stock drain plug. Thanks though, to those who can read directions and tried to give Helpful input.

I'm going to crawl in there and mock something up because from a YT video it looks like it angles down. I think the pluses outweigh the minuses..
(cue the whiners) But I've seen a few knocked off or banged up... And I have seen a few leaking plugs or plugs left loose by jiffy lube idiots and ostensibly highly certified mechanics...
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