Does anyone have a good suggestion on how to get the oil filter off of the Vortec 350's without making a mess. The filter's right above the front drive shaft with very little room. So when you unscrew it, the oil pours out all through the u-joint, spraying all over the place making a f**king mess! I've changed the oil so many time now I just get pissed everytime and am running out of oil-dry! Am I missing something here, or is this just how it goes?
I've seen some of the 4.3 V6 S-10's with a factory remote oil filter arrangement. I have not seen the full size pickups, so I don't know if it would be possible to use a remote oil filer arrangement. Just an idea.
Yeah, I don't care if my U-Joint gets some oil on it either. All I make sure is that I have my waste oil pan right under it so none gets on the drive way. Talking about changing oil, on my truck with the 6" SkyJacker lift its really hard to change oil because the skid place comes back really far which protects the oil pan but is a pain to change oil. Thank goodness I can get a funnel up there to get most of it instead of it making a mess of my lift kit.
You could go to the 4.3 setup with the remote oil filter up by the driver's side headlight. The hardware and filter mount to the fenderwell. You could probably grab one from a wrecking yard for cheap! As far as the oil, I have the same problem you do....and I just make sure there's a pan under it. the adapter on the 350 is the same as the 4.3.
I hate having the oil run all through the ujoint too..., so what I do is lay a paper towel over the ujoint and kind of tuck it into the sides of the joint. Then place the catch pan underneath the ujoint. When the filter is removed, the paper towel helps to "funnel if you will" the oil to the pan and really keeps the joint clean etc... Has worked well for me for a long time now...
Here is the $1.00 Solution to the oil change on the 350. Go to the local toy store and purchase the cheapest Freesibe. Cut a 2" notch on the lip and slide it under the oil filter when you unscrew it. It catches all the oil on the flat disc and the notch allows it to drain into your oil bucket.