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Old 01-06-2010, 11:23 PM
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Thanks for all the help. We had the trunk pretty well cleaned out when we replaced the power antena plastic drive and I don't recall a hose, which doesn't mean it hasn't been there all the time. If it's not there I'll call around tomorrow and see if a local auto parts store carries the Sure Drain. These cars are pretty easy and fun to wrench on, as well as kick to drive. It made my son's day when he got an "up nod" from a gentleman in a very new, very expensive Mercedes at a stop light.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:28 PM
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It made my son's day when he got an "up nod" from a gentleman in a very new, very expensive Mercedes at a stop light.
Totally know how he feels.


Just doesn't seem to work on women though.
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Going back to the original post: "Can you get the vac to blow instead?" No. Vacuums are low pressure so they by nature "suck" and nature abhors them.
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:54 AM
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Works great

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As an alternative, these work well too:

http://www.fumotousa.com/
I have one of the fumotousa valves...the one with the lever....it works like a charm. I had it on a previous 300D and moved it to my current car..have been using the same unit for about a total of 10 years.

The only drawback is that because these valves fit into the oil drain plug hole, which, on 123 models, is not a very big drain hole to begin with, you will find that the flow is greatly diminished. But that is really not a drawback....just dont expect to drain the oil in a few minutes. My own routine to change oil is that I open the drain when I first come home from work in the evening, then go in and have dinner, then go out and finish the job. The convenience of not having to remove a drain plug and gasket greatly outweighs the lower flow. I would suspect low flow from the Fram unit for same reasons. Personally, I would not like having to keep track of the second piece with the fram unit.

This valve has never leaked so much as a drop, and the lever has a little spring loaded locking mechanism...to open you move the lever out of its recess position, than move at 90 degree angle to open...very simple, very convenient.

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Old 01-07-2010, 08:46 AM
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as low as the oil pan on our 240D rides I'd be afraid to have anything sticking down any lower
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