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Old 07-01-2003, 09:52 PM
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Any good electric oil changers similar to Topsider

I want to try an electric oil changer but a search of the net did not get me any good leads.

I read user reviews of the Topsider on a Marine Supply website and almost all of the users had nothing good to say about it so I am going to pass on that one and either buy or build an electric one.

Thought I would ask if anyone can recommend one that they use.


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Old 07-01-2003, 10:54 PM
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Here's the one I use at home. Bought right from West Marine.

It has served me very well over a three year period. The only thing I would recommend is NOT to use the plastic hose clamps that come with it and get yourself some good automotive metal ones. Otherwise, I HIGHLY recommend this unit.
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Old 07-01-2003, 11:56 PM
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I am going to go get one this week. We have a West Marine in town.

Spent two hours this evening changing oil & filter on my car and the cleanup took longer than the oil change.

Thanks for the advice

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Old 07-02-2003, 09:07 AM
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Aaron, aren't you in the UK right now? Is there nothing better to do over there than browse Mercedesshop?
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Old 07-02-2003, 09:11 AM
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You asked the same question a few months ago, and I am going to give you the same answer:

Here you go... I purchased this self-priming electrical pump for oil changes and it's great and only $45. I've used it for 2 oil changes and so far so good.

You just have to attach polyethelene tubing to each end and you're ready. It takes les than 5 minutes, no fatique from pumping, no mas.
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Old 07-02-2003, 03:41 PM
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darnit edge--your post appeared, just as i had searched and found the link!!
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Old 07-02-2003, 11:27 PM
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Although I may be travelling abroad I musn't forget my Mercedesshop friends! Besides, it's late and sleep is for wimps
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Old 07-04-2003, 11:27 PM
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and MercedesShop is additive.
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:30 AM
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I have this unit and have had no problems with it.

A couple of hints.
1. I placed some PVC pipe with a metal can at the bottom of it. Attached to the wall in my garage. This is were I store the tubes you insert into the engine. The messiest part is taking out the suction tube from the dipstick tube. The unit has t sections. One that goes all the way down to the bottom of the oil pan. And the other tube that connects to the assembly. The connection uses a O ring to seal. You pump the handle 6-7 times and let the suction do its job. Heating the engine up just a little helps the oil come out quickly. But not to hot or it will melt the plastic.
Once finished, you hear a gurgling sound like at the end of a soda, using a straw. You seperate the 2 tubes. With a rag in your hand, clean the connection. Disconnect the tube going into the assembly, clean it and store it in its PC holder. Pull your the tube going into the oil dipstick tube and clean it like an oil dipstick. Hold the rag over the bottom of the tube and place it into the PVC holder.
I then pour the use oil into a 5 gal jerry can that I have to store it until its time for a trip to Prp Boys to recycle it.
These techniques make the job clean and quick. It does take 5-6 minutes to suck all the oil out. In that time I change the filter and when I'm done with that I'm readdy to pour in the new oil.
I've owned this unit for 10 years and have had no problems with it or keeping up with 5 cars and there oil changes.

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Old 07-05-2003, 10:50 PM
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That link isn't working for me. Can you give me the part number for that pump at NorthernTool?


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Old 07-06-2003, 08:21 AM
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oil changer

Hello all, The cheapest oil changer I have found is the one I made myself. I used a compressor from an old refrigerator and a glass jug 2 peaces of copper tubing and some hose & hose clamps. The glass jug was an apple juice jug. Drink the apple juice then drill 2 holes in the metal top. I then used some J B weld or some other epoxy type glue to attach the tubing to the metal top. I then hooked one hose to the suction side of the compressor to the one copper tube the other tube to the long hose for my oil suction hose.

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