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Ford says the plug is a 1 time use so that delicate plug UPR states is supposed to be replaced each oil change.

I do like their idea (I reused my plug and dont see anything about it that is delicate). I would love something designed like the fumoto valve so we dont ever have to remove them.
 












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UPR 3025-01 is the same w/o the drain tube feature. $10.00 less. I prefer the twist to open feature. I can direct the old oil right into an empty 5 qt jug with no mess. Ditto the last qt into another empty jug. Put them into empty plastic pickle buckets for transport to the recycling facility.
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I collect the oil for a waste oil burner that heats the shop, cant recycle any better than that lol.
 




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Gotta agree. Used to simply pour it into the fuel tanks of the county heavy equipment. No more. EPA pulls spot checks now. Off road, ag fuel has a different color than highway. That's what they look for. If they don't see the correct color dye, then they really get into the fuel analysis thing. A former TXDOT regional dept head got caught a while back. Hence, the word former ......... :D
 




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So glad that happened after I pulled the plug. CID got brought into that mess as the investigation went statewide. Sucks imho
 




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Looking at the site that was linked, I don't see anything that says it can be used on the 2020 Explorer.

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Ford says the plug is a 1 time use so that delicate plug UPR states is supposed to be replaced each oil change.
Are we talking about the normal oil drain plug here? It is a one-time-use plug? If, so, wtf is that about?
 
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Are we talking about the normal oil drain plug here? It is a one-time-use plug? If, so, wtf is that about?
Yes, it is supposed to be a 1 time use plug. It is a plastic plug with an oring. It isnt supposed to be reused once you remove the plug/oring.

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I've seen some dumb sheet lately with cars. But a disposable drain plug? Get out of here with that crap. Is there a reason that anyone has seen from Ford for this, other than essentially close to doubling the cost fo an oil change (if $8.19 is a representative price)?
 




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I've seen some dumb sheet lately with cars. But a disposable drain plug? Get out of here with that crap. Is there a reason that anyone has seen from Ford for this, other than essentially close to doubling the cost fo an oil change (if $8.19 is a representative price)?
I did my first oil change and reused the plug. I did order a spare prior so I have a new one on hand but figured I'd see how it went reusing it. So far no issues.
 








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I'm can't really answer that. I've only seen what was posted in that thread. I did some Internet searches and the picture in on this particular site seems to show an aluminum replacement. I don't even know what I have on mine since I haven't been under it to check but I'm guessing it's plastic. It looks like that if you have that yellow plug, then the oil pan will be plastic.

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I would think if you continue to reuse the OEM or buy an aftermarket that after 2 or 3 oil changes, you are going to want to change the O-ring(s). Whether they are available for the aftermarket ones, I don't know. Planning to use the OEM for 2-3 changes and then swap in the brand new OEM one.
 


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If the pan is plastic, I suspect that using a metal plug has the potential to strip out whatever fittings are on the pan. If the thing is only $8 it seems like cheap insurance to get a new one with every oil change. Maybe the bigger issue is the likelihood of a plastic oil pan getting damaged in real world use.
 




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