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Jon996

Oil change via dipstick extra

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[shoot, can't edit title. Hopefully some of you will figure I meant dipstick extraction, not "extra."]

Has anyone ever changed oil via a dipstick extractor? I think Mercedes used to recommend this. I still plan on changing filters on a regular basis, but this would be a home way to change just the oil.

This might seem a dumb question, but I am not sure where exactly the dipstick measures the level and whether or not an extraction tube would be able to remove all the oil.

Thanks!

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it's so easy to drain the oil so what's the purpose of these? it's also good to change the gasket on the drain plug.

OK, I guess you are right. However, it is the cleanest method I have ever used--no pans, drips down my arm, etc.. Just a tube down the dipstick tube. For me I will need to jack the car up just to access the bottom too. I do agree that standard approach is needed on occasion, but was thinking of this more if I want to do a change of weights for the seasons.

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it's so easy to drain the oil so what's the purpose of these? it's also good to change the gasket on the drain plug.

OK, I guess you are right. However, it is the cleanest method I have ever used--no pans, drips down my arm, etc.. Just a tube down the dipstick tube. For me I will need to jack the car up just to access the bottom too. I do agree that standard approach is needed on occasion, but was thinking of this more if I want to do a change of weights for the seasons.

Jon:

No need to jack the car up either. Just drive the passenger side rearl wheel up onto a brick and that will give you more than enough room to remove the drain plug and the oil filter. IIRC that's the method that Tool Pants uses and, if you do a search you will find his posts on the topic.

Also, it may be the cleanest method for the person doing the oil change, but it's not the cleanest method for the engine.

You do have to be careful with a Porsche when draining the oil however, because of the relatively large volume of oil. It can come out as a bit of a gusher at first, especially if the oil is hot (as it should be to drain to the max).

Regards, Maurice.

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Thanks all--think I will just jack it up onto some 2x10s and take the traditional approach. . .

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This method is done on marine engines all the time, only reason being you can't get at the drain plug. With that said, it does not drain the engine as completly as the drain plug.

I drained my engine oil without raising any wheel at all. It's not a problem. In fact if you don't keep it level you may not get all the oil.

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