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Old 08-25-2002, 10:48 AM
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Alternatives for Topsider

Is there a better quality (and somewhat more costly) alternative to the Topsider tool for withdrawing engine oil? Manual pumping is OK but I'm looking for better quality.

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Old 08-25-2002, 01:00 PM
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Go to any boat equiptment supplier...

they should have better "tools" for sucking the oil...
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Old 08-25-2002, 01:06 PM
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Sure ... lots of expensive choices.

I have seen MB and aftermarket systems from $500 to $2500.

Check in The Star magazine ... or do search.
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Old 08-25-2002, 02:27 PM
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There are a lot less expensive alternatives- I use this one:

LiquiVac $49.95

http://www.cal-products.com/liquivac.html
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Old 08-25-2002, 02:44 PM
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Thanks haasman, do you know how much oil it will hold?

I currently have a 300E but I'm thinking of a new car with a capacity of 8 quarts.

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Old 08-25-2002, 02:53 PM
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Bud,

I know it will hold the usual 300E oil change ... I will look but I believe it is either 8 or 10 quarts.

The Liqivac isn't perfect but it does the job. Let me explain - I use a thicker tube that goes into the dipstick, hardware store item. It is best not to use with really hot oil because the tubes get too soft. Best also with warm oil to get a flow. Don't over tighten or over pump for intense vacuum.

Overall it is great. I used it to suck out ATF. brake fluid, PS fluid etc.
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Old 08-25-2002, 03:20 PM
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Bud, do a search using LiquiVac and you will find all kinds of info.
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Old 08-25-2002, 04:34 PM
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Or if you really want that feeling of DIY satisfaction.........http://home.earthlink.net/~asherson/Don/The_Topsider/the_topsider.html
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Old 08-25-2002, 04:59 PM
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Thanks Hassman, it holds 8 quarts. Should be enough for a new E500

jbaj007, will that brake fluid tool work with ABS brakes?
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Old 08-26-2002, 12:40 PM
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This unit is really nice.
I can't justify buying one, but I have used a friend's several times.

http://www.vacula.com/en/produkte/f_produkte.shtml
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Old 08-26-2002, 01:30 PM
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On the fence on this issue for years

Got tired of removing pan on the 400E and took the plunge. After hearing about hot oil problems with some units, I finally went with the "Oil Boy" brand from Boater's World ($49.00). It is constructed of much higher quality materials than the other units that I have looked at "Topsider", etc. Used it this past weekend on very hot oil with great result.

Won't go back to bottom drain again as this is too easy. BTW, Boater's World had an electric model for $129.00 that tempted me as I had been thinking about making my own with the $65.00 Proven Pumps model pump, but now that I have tried a high quality suction device that doesn't need priming, this appears to be the best way to go.

Keep us posted.
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Old 08-26-2002, 03:11 PM
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Vacula looks good but it appears you need a source for compressed air.
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Old 08-26-2002, 04:34 PM
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been using this for a while now:

jcwhitney

it'll suck out any amount of oil or liquid you want as long as your battery's ok and you have a large enough container. they go on sale too, got mine for $15 + shipping...
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Old 08-28-2002, 05:49 PM
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Griot's Garage has a unit for $64.95. Has anyone seen it or tried it?

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Old 08-30-2002, 01:16 PM
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Additional info on Oil Boy

It has a bicycle pump type handle to create vacuum, so no external power or air needed.
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