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    Maybe my dip stick is smaller? It's a flexible shaft, maybe 1/4" (or less?) in diameter... and it snags about halfway down the tube.

    Those would be a lot cleaner than the electric pump. I think I spent more time cleaning the pump than it took to change oil. I'll look into one of these when the dealer's oil change price warrants changing at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by map View Post
    Maybe my dip stick is smaller? It's a flexible shaft, maybe 1/4" (or less?) in diameter... and it snags about halfway down the tube.

    Those would be a lot cleaner than the electric pump. I think I spent more time cleaning the pump than it took to change oil. I'll look into one of these when the dealer's oil change price warrants changing at home.

    It is the same. If your dipstick snags, try pulling it out and turning it. A dipstick will sometimes start to sag to one side and will snag on something if it is turned the opposite way of the sag.
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    If you look closely at the large green extractor tank. There is a oil amount level indicator, on the side of it. I can see it being a pain in the butt emptying it. I always pour my used oil, into old gallon milk contains. Take them to the auto supply store, empty those into their large recycling oil bins there. The little pump up container, is probably a better solution. They sell those, at Walmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    If you look closely at the large green extractor tank. There is a oil amount level indicator, on the side of it. I can see it being a pain in the butt emptying it. I always pour my used oil, into old gallon milk contains. Take them to the auto supply store, empty those into their large recycling oil bins there. The little pump up container, is probably a better solution. They sell those, at Walmart.

    Yeah, I was looking at that tube and was wondering if it may get stained by the oil and make it hard to read. The clear plastic containers ones get stained too, but can be rinsed out with some degreaser. For the one I have, it helps to get the container lower than the ol pan for syphon action to work, which keeps you from having to pump as much. I usually do it in my garage with the front of the car facing out and place the extractor on the driveway part that slopes away from the garage, this keeps the extractor lower than the hose in the oil pan, which helps the syphon action.

    Having to pump the extractor is one of the reasons I'm looking into using my air compressor in my garage.
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    I’m curious how well they will work with really dirty thick oil, close to sludge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    I’m curious how well they will work with really dirty thick oil, close to sludge.
    Just asking for a friend? I used the electric pump to drain the differential in my PU. I imagine these would work better?

    A friend told me that the BMW (including the Smart) didn't have a drain plug. Is that true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by map View Post
    Just asking for a friend? I used the electric pump to drain the differential in my PU. I imagine these would work better?

    A friend told me that the BMW (including the Smart) didn't have a drain plug. Is that true?
    Are you talking about the smart car. It has a oil drain plug. With a screen collector. Really easy to change the oil, on them. Wish all cars, were that easy.

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    The extractor works better when the oil is warmer than cooler, that's for sure. I recommend warming the engine up near operating temperature, but if it is temperate like ~ 55-60 or so there is no problem. I used it once during a NY winter and it was a drag because the engine was cold, so I wouldn't recommend doing that. It takes a loooong time to pump it out. When it is hot, you can rely on siphon action taking over. I think Pela says don't do it hot, but I've done it hot right after long drives without issues. YMMV on that.

    As far as gear oil, again, the warmer the better, but no problem. I just changed the 80/90W rear axle lube in my old '73 coupe and I didn't want to deal with the 46 year old drain plug, so sucked it out using the extractor. Gear oil was cold, probably 65-70 inside my garage. Gear oil was probably in there for at least 15 years so not brand new.

    One thing it's great for is sucking power steering fluid out. I suck the fluid out of our Audi every year or two. I've always been a big believer in changing power steering fluid and have never had a power steering repair on any of my cars.

    A warning is don't extract gas with a Pela, probably others like them, too. I tried it once and the gas damaged the rubber coating on the hose. They sell transfer pumps for gas cheap, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    Are you talking about the smart car. It has a oil drain plug. With a screen collector. Really easy to change the oil, on them. Wish all cars, were that easy.
    Thanks. It didn't sound right to me, but that's what I was told when I was thinking of buying one.

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