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Old 06-28-2011, 01:41 PM
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So the convertible costs about $ 80 plus a waste of two hours with logistics at the dealer. I would like to start doing it myself as I do with the other cars in the family. I don't see myself wrestling with the giant steel plate to get to the oil pan drain every time so how about a dipstick tune pump? They are about $70 to purchase. How does the dealership extract the oil ? Do they extract through the tube? Is it a good idea?

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Old 06-28-2011, 01:56 PM
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Go for it- got a Pela pump and have loved it. So easy. Also, got a cup socket for the filter. Those plus a wrench, 6-inch extension and a small pan to catch the filter run-off and all set. Considering the one time I have had a dealer crossthread a plug and twice put it on so tight that I only got it loose with vise-grips.. yeah
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Go for it- got a Pela pump and have loved it. So easy. Also, got a cup socket for the filter. Those plus a wrench, 6-inch extension and a small pan to catch the filter run-off and all set. Considering the one time I have had a dealer crossthread a plug and twice put it on so tight that I only got it loose with vise-grips.. yeah
Ok Ollie sounds good to me .

So there is no baffle of any kind i the oil pan to keep me from getting complete extraction?
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No. It's easy and quick.

I got a MitiVac from Amazon for about $70, shipped, Works like a charm on all our vehicles.

The 2.5 engine uses a canister oil filter, there is a gadget you can purchase that will drain the canister before you remove it. These can be had for $25 or so (plastic) and up (pictured). Or you can bypass the thing, it's not rocket science. You can do this on the NBs without raising the car, it is (somewhat) easily done from underneath with no drama.

BTW, the first time I used the MitiVac (I bought it for the BMW) I was quite skeptical. I sucked out the oil, then raised the car, leveled it and secured it on my four floor jacks, and removed the oil drain plug, just to see if the thing worked as advertised... Not a drop came out. Not one. You'll get plenty of "experts" who say "they don't work, I would never, why bother..." but take it from someone who has used it and likes using it... They work, the MitiVac is a lifesaver...
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that is the way 90% of the cars in germany get changed. You can go to a pumping station (verkoff parking lot) and DIY using a commercial pump onsite.
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How does the dealership extract the oil ? Do they extract through the tube?


Thankyou
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Shouldn't you still drain the oil through the drain plug because of contaminants, metal shavings and other micro dirt stuff thingy's down in there?
I heard that the pump dosn't always get that stuff out.
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Shouldn't you still drain the oil through the drain plug because of contaminants, metal shavings and other micro dirt stuff thingy's down in there?
I heard that the pump dosn't always get that stuff out.
If you're that anal with your oil changes, then you wouldn't be using a MitiVac or equivalent to begin with. If indeed there are "metal shavings" and "micro dirt" contaminants within your crankcase that are so large and heavy that they are not suspended in the extracted oil, you have a much bigger problem to worry about. I mean... think about it...
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My local VW Dealer charges $31.95 for oil and filter change. They drop the triangular pan and drain the oil and replace the filter. They try to compete price wise with the local Jiffy Lube. Jiffy lube does not drop the pan, they pump the oil out.
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