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Opinion in oil extractor

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Opinion in oil extractor

Hi

Does anyone here use an oil extractor to do oil changes?
There are lots of models out there and would like some opinions/experiences please.

I would be using this mainly for small engines to start with (i.e: Lawn tractor) but may do the car also once it's off warranty.

Input appreciated.
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It works really well especially in Euro cars. It doesn't necessarily work in Japanese cars though.

Got mine locally from WCT Performance and made oil changes on the VW easier and less messy.
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If the filter is underneath the car then whats the point
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as mentioned, this would be more for small engines like my lawn mower.

Thanks
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I like mines, sucks oil, brake fluid, ps fluid, anything you stick that probe into.
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That’s all I use on all my small engines for years now. So fast and easy. I have I think it’s call mini vac, you hand pump it to get vacuum then turn knob and boom oils sucked out.
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DoNotBan wrote: Hi

Does anyone here use an oil extractor to do oil changes?
There are lots of models out there and would like some opinions/experiences please.

I would be using this mainly for small engines to start with (i.e: Lawn tractor) but may do the car also once it's off warranty.

Input appreciated.
I use one. Best thing ever. Combined with my car's top mounted oil filter means I haven't gone under our got dirt changing the oil in 15 years.
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Messerschmitt wrote: If the filter is underneath the car then whats the point
Not much as you'll have to raise/get under anyway. Much less useful in these cases. However if filter is at the top or at least accessible from the top without too much trouble, they're nice to have.
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Messerschmitt wrote: How is it going to suck brake fluid from the lines? You're suppose to bleed them so dirty fluid at brakes gets cleared out. I doubt this will do that.
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Second on the princess auto extractor. I use the manual pump but will have to try the vacuum compressor model. Works great for seadoos.
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ah_long wrote: It works really well especially in Euro cars. It doesn't necessarily work in Japanese cars though.

Got mine locally from WCT Performance and made oil changes on the VW easier and less messy.
How much and what model number?
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Gutty96 wrote: Bah, just make your own.

Vacuuming flammable oil and fuel vapours through a non-explosionproof vacuum... what could possibly go wrong? lol

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peteryorkuca wrote: How much and what model number?
Schwaben 6-Liter Dual Powered Oil Extractor
$135 + tax
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engineered wrote: Vacuuming flammable oil and fuel vapours through a non-explosionproof vacuum... what could possibly go wrong? lol

Lol. Good point.
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Actually I just made it via that video. Took <10 minutes and <10$ including a 2-litre bottle of Ginger Ale.
It works 100%. I don't feel it's dangerous, especially that 1) it's not gasoline which is much more volatile and 2) it's going into a container and not being sucked into the actual vacuum mechanism.

Thanks for the input everyone.
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Just to close this for anyone reading at later date.

I made the home-made version posted in a video on page 1 of this thread,
I did a first oil change (on a 6.5hp Briggs & Stratton engine). Works like a charm, no mess at all.
For under 10$ and 10 minutes of work to make it, its a no brainer.

DoNotBan wrote: Actually I just made it via that video. Took <10 minutes and <10$ including a 2-litre bottle of Ginger Ale.
It works 100%. I don't feel it's dangerous, especially that 1) it's not gasoline which is much more volatile and 2) it's going into a container and not being sucked into the actual vacuum mechanism.

Thanks for the input everyone.

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