Fluid extractor ?

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  1. ozmoses

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    What are you using/which would you recommend?

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  2. TripleTriples

    TripleTriples Long timer

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    I've got one the tall mityvac canister sized units and the smaller syringe style. Both get used quite a bit and have held up well.

    I wish the canister had included longer tubes, but it's great otherwise.
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  3. AlpinaE24

    AlpinaE24 Long timer

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    I have the tall floor mighty-vac that holds like 15 quarts, works great for all kinds of things...used it yesterday to suck 4qts of 75w-140 gear oil out of a dana 80 rear
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  4. ozmoses

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    re: longer tubes- are you going into the oil sump through the dipstick?


    Out of curiosity, was the gear oil hot?
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  5. AlpinaE24

    AlpinaE24 Long timer

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    Well the ambient temp was 113 outside, around 105 in the shop....but the truck hadn't been driven. Sucked it all out in about 5 minutes, I was impressed
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  6. TripleTriples

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    Sometimes. It's great for things like transmission fluid where you don't have a drain plug and have to just drop the pan and hope for the best. On a taller vehicle, the tubes that come with the unit aren't quite long enough, but that can be fixed with a trip to the hardware store.
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  7. YesRush

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    Refrigerator icemaker/water hose works.Kinda like pex but not.

    Never stick hose in something too hot.It could collapse and get stuck in dip stick tubs.
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  8. Disston

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    Changing a dip stick tube is a pain but not all that hard. Either engine or trans. Of course the last time I did it was on something built in the 80's.
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  9. ozmoses

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    Is Mity Vac the consensus, then?

    Mostly, it's for my wife's VW- she has the oil/filter changed every 10K, I'd like to (quickly) change the oil every 5.
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  10. Yinzer Moto

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    I recently just used an vacuum pump and a 5 gallon gas can to suck the transmission fluid out of my van, it was crude but it worked. I am interested in other options that are out there for future projects.
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  11. YesRush

    YesRush Long timer

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    Best other option is pneumatic.Lots of ways for a home made unit.
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  12. troidus

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    I had trouble bleeding trailer brakes once (had a bad leak I didn't know about), so I hooked a clear tube to a vacuum port on my car engine. I put a MityVac cup inline to reduce the chance of sucking brake fluid into the engine. Worked like a champ.
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  13. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    That's some mad MacGuyver shit right there. Brilliant!
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  14. victor441

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    West Marine sells a good one and it is actually a rebadged Pela 650...have used my for years at home and on the job.

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  15. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Long timer Super Supporter

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    I use a MityVac 7201 tall unit for draining gas out of tanks, brake bleeding, transmission draining. $110 or so on Amazon. You will wonder how you ever got along without it.
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    I purchased a Mityvac 7201 8-9 years ago when I briefly owned a Mercedes-Benz. Used it twice to change the oil. Haven't used it since and it sits in its original box next to my toolbox.
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  17. GonzoMD

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    I have the larger mity vac non-pneumatic. It works but I would get the pneumatic one, works better in every way.
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    Carlisja A wandering soul. Super Supporter

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  19. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    I have never used one of these, but it seems every car i own has the drain plug right over a crossmember, diff, steering rack, etc, so oil coats it, runs along it, and despite best efforts i still find oil drips days later. These go in through a dipstick hole? How long does this take? Are you guys reasonably confident they remove all the old oil?
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  20. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    Good comparison video:


    Then an update comparing the Topsider. And this one addresses your question about whether is gets as much oil as draining.


    The Reader's Digest version: for $50, get the Topsider.
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