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post #26 of (permalink) Old 02-23-2007, 06:29 PM
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Nice write up and excellent pictures. I'll offer one additional hint. You can avoid crawling around under the car and the mess of draining the oil from below if you use one of the vacuum oil extractors such as a LiqiVac or TopSider. You can drain the oil from above throught the dipstick tube. Just pump up a vacuum in the device, slip the drain tube down the dipstick tube until it hits the bottom of the crankcase, open the valve and suck the oil out. There have been several tests that show that it removes as much or slightly more oil than draining from below. The only down side is that it take a little while longer to vacuum extract the oil than draining from below. But that is compensated for by the less time it takes to clean up when drainig from below. The LiqiVac or TopSider aren't very expensive---$35 to $40---and you can use them to change oil in your lawnmower or almost any gasoline engine except most motorcycles and ATV's.
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