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Old 07-29-2008, 10:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The TDI guys swear by the Pella.

I think the effectiveness depends on the design; some engines will work better than others.

I fI was going to spend $65 + shipping then I'd just splurge for a bypass filter and quit Changing oil. <- Guess what's on my TDI :-)

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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So for $65 you get a bucket and a length of vinyl tube?
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Ive never thought too highly about sucking the oil out the dipstick tube. Use the drain plug, then any gunk in the oil will flush out with it.

My cars have always been too low for ramps, so rather than jack it up and screw with stands, sometimes I just drive it up onto a couple 2x6s and that gives enough clearance to get under it to change the oil.
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They're primarily for marine applications, I bought one and used it on my car when I overfilled the engine with oil (compensating for a leak), then fixed the leak.

In hindsight, I guess I could have just pulled the drain plug and collected the fresh oil into something and then poured the proper amount back in but for whatever reason this device seemed easier when I ordered it.

As far as sediment or whatever in the bottom of the oil pan, if you have to worry about that I think you probably need a better filtration device.

If someone wants to buy one for half off, let me know.
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Yes, new Mercedes Benz autos require a vacuum evacutator due to all of the skid plates under neath, its dreadful. I use one for my 1985 300D Turbodiesel. I can get the oil plug out from the bottom without jacks but I like staying clean and I spend enough time under the car already.

To top it all off most Mercedes Benz engines use a drop in type of filter element.


its to the right, the canister looking dealy. All I do is unbolt it, grab a plastic bag and flip it into the bag, no mess at all. Then I pump the mity vac liqui vac and let it sit for 20 minutes while it sucks all of the oil out. then use the factory oil funnel aka the oil filter housing and fill it with 8 quarts of heavy duty truck and bus oil then drop in the filter and bolt it up. No fuss or mess.
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So for $65 you get a bucket and a length of vinyl tube?
And a Vacuum pump
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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And Tony, if you have any questions about how to use the jack, just ask the cat. Looks like he has thoroughly studied the instructions on the box.
At least he's changing the oil in the comfort of his livingroom. Why didn't I think of that?
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You still have to get under the car to change the oil filter...
On my car (VW Jetta), the filter's up top. I've seen these sort of extractors talked about on TDIclub's forums - the main brand bandied about is a Pella Oil Extractor.

Up here in Canada, I've seen the same sort of device at Princess Auto... I've been thinking about getting one, since a few of us at my workplace will occasionally do minor car work (like oil changes) after hours on our vehicles.
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And a Vacuum pump
Vacuum pump is not needed, just let the tube siphon out the oil.
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MetroMPG -



Wait, I'm confused. I thought the investment *was* the cat. Everyone knows that cats are masters at changing oil. My Siamese could change my car's oil in 20 minutes flat. Not bad for an 11 lb cat.

Am I missing something?

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I just hope you have all the right papers for your cat or he might get deported and you fined. Remember what happened to Kathy Lee Gifford and the sweat shop?

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