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Anyone use an Oil Extractor for Oil Changes?


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Anyone use an Oil Extractor for Oil Changes? I guess you snake a tube down the oil filler spout and pump it all up & out?

Seems to me that it's a much easier way to do it...... you're probably not going to get ALL of the oil out (draining from the bottom spouts is probably the only way to insure that) but if you change MOST of the oil often enough I would think you'd be OK.

To me, the biggest deterrent to more frequent oil changes is not the cost, but the pain in the *** factor:

1). Taking the car somewhere and waiting (or leaving it).

2). DIY .... no matter how easy it's supposed to be, all the work laying on your back under the car, skinning your knuckles and then crawling back under there a couple of times over the next few drives to make sure nothing is leaking ...... it just isn't as much fun or satisfying as it used to be.

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What additional work? If you are going to pump it out, you still have to change the filter. So the only difference is sliding a pan under the engin, unscrewing the drain plug, waiting 10 minutes, put the plug back in and fill her up. Or buying the oil and filter for $65 and going to Jiffy Lube pr similar place and pay someone $20 to change it while you watch. Sounds effortless to me. What do you do with your other cars? Do it the same way.

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Never used one but on some makes you are supposed to use one.

On a Boxster I heard you cannot get the tube down to the oil pan.

Oil and filter change on a 996/986 is easy. The drain plug is staring you in the face. It is even more easy on a 996. If a 996 is not lowered I can get to the plug without a jack. On the mid-engine Boxster we have to jack up the left side a bit to slide under car because the engine is 180 degrees reversed.

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The oil extractor is a great thing but I only use it in my MB b/c that is what MB reccommends b/c of the placement of the plug (oil will get on vital parts).

As for the porsche, the oil change DIY is so easy that it would be MORE work to do the oil extractor.

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Oil and filter change on a 996/986 is easy.  The drain plug is staring you in the face.  It is even more easy on a 996.  If a 996 is not lowered I can get to the plug without a jack.  On the mid-engine Boxster we have to jack up the left side a bit to slide under car because the engine is 180 degrees reversed.

Sorry, I should have mentioned that I have an '02 996TT and things look a little different than in the photos and the DIY drawings....neither seem to acknowledge a 996 Turbo. While it is still a 3.6L boxer, it is a different motor and I don't want to forget something important.

First, the oil filter is inside the engine bay and not underneath like the 996..... I assume I want to take that off LAST (after gravity drains most of the oil out of the engine), unless I want a couple of ounces of oil all over the engine compartment?

Also, should I be looking for a second drain plug underneath, like the oil resevoir and oil cooler radiator on the 930 Turbo that held most of the oil outboard the motor? Or is it now just one plug and gravity takes it all out at once?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Oil and filter change on a 996/986 is easy.  The drain plug is staring you in the face.  It is even more easy on a 996.  If a 996 is not lowered I can get to the plug without a jack.  On the mid-engine Boxster we have to jack up the left side a bit to slide under car because the engine is 180 degrees reversed. 

 

Sorry, I should have mentioned that I have an '02 996TT and things look a little different than in the photos and the DIY drawings....neither seem to acknowledge a 996 Turbo. While it is still a 3.6L boxer, it is a different motor and I don't want to forget something important.

First, the oil filter is inside the engine bay and not underneath like the 996..... I assume I want to take that off LAST (after gravity drains most of the oil out of the engine), unless I want a couple of ounces of oil all over the engine compartment?

Also, should I be looking for a second drain plug underneath, like the oil resevoir and oil cooler radiator on the 930 Turbo that held most of the oil outboard the motor? Or is it now just one plug and gravity takes it all out at once?

Thanks in advance for your help.

You are looking at the wrong DIY. The TT/GT2/GT3 Oil Change DIY is here.

I'll move this post to the TT forum so there will be less confusion.

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This happened to me at a place like Jiffy Lube, The Tech (if you can can them that) over torqued the Oil pan plug on our bimmer, So esentially we were stranded waiting for the new oil plug while the Guy went down to the local BMW dealer and bought us a new Plug. Good thing it wasnt on a Sunday. So after this I made up my mind to never use a quick oil place again.

Would you suspose the quick oil place would have any idea on the proper torque value reqd. on a european car like a bimmer much less a Porsche? Scarry atleast to me.

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On our work on cars days when we do oil changes I see over torqued filter cannisters and drain plugs. Sometimes the soft aluminum drain plug looks so rounded that I think my 8 mm allen bit will spin when I try to remove the plug. A few times I have had to use a 2 foot breaker bar to get the cannister off.

When I ask the owner who did the last oil change - it was a Porsche dealer.....

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This happened to me at a place like Jiffy Lube, The Tech (if you can can them that) over torqued the Oil pan plug on our bimmer, So esentially we were stranded waiting for the new oil plug while the Guy went down to the local BMW dealer and bought us a new Plug. Good thing it wasnt on a Sunday. So after this I made up my mind to never use a quick oil place again.

Would you suspose the quick oil place would have any idea on the proper torque value reqd. on a european car like a bimmer much less a Porsche? Scarry atleast to me.

D

Probably for this reason, a regional chain of quick oil change stores prohibits employees from working on Porsches.

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