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Old 06-18-2002, 11:52 PM
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What's all this about topsiders? How can you drain engine oil with a pair of boat shoes?
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Old 06-19-2002, 07:23 AM
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good morning all; will this topsider device work on a '93 600sel?.... i don't want to recreate the exxon valdez spill in the driveway

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Old 06-19-2002, 10:49 AM
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All I know is that topsider is NOT perfect for M119 engines (my E420).

I have to do it both ways! There is about half a quart left in the engine after sucking the oil out. I still use topsider b/c I don't care to have to drain 8-9 quarts entirely in a pan under the car.

I think, therefore, it very much depends on your engine/oil pan combination.
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Old 06-19-2002, 10:15 PM
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I've never had a problem with the extraction device (not a Topsider or other extractor sold to the DIYer, it's one of the few recommended for shop use by mercedes).
Maybe the dipstick tube, which is what is supposed to be used, extends down farther than the suction tube or wand that you would use with a Topsider.
Never have a problem with either the 119 or 120 (V12) motor.
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Old 06-21-2002, 12:38 PM
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You can get a similar device for $24.99 at Harbor Freight.

I have not used the above device, but I have used this other extractor (below) over several years for oils and a variety of other 'sucky' tasks, including emptying my MB fuel tank several times for filters changes and pump repairs. This unit is affective and durable, and holds a generous 6.5 liters. A big advantage over the 'gas can' design is that this one can easily be cleaned so that it can be used for other purposes.

I bought mine at Harborfreight for $40, but I cannot find it on their website anymore. They do list a pneumatic version for $60. This unit seems to show up at a lot of vendors under different labels. Griots Garage has the manual version for $65:

1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.

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