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Old 08-30-1999, 01:23 PM
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I live in Denver, and so far, I have been unsuccessful trying to locate an oil suction device at parts stores. Is Topsider(referenced in several messages) a brand name? Are there other brand names you know of? I looked on the PartsShop, but that appears to be MB parts. Do you guys have it? Know where I can order one?

Thanks in advance for you help.
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Old 08-30-1999, 01:29 PM
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Here's 2 alternatives:

1) Go to a boating store or marina. Top side oil changes have been routine in the boating area for years. (You can't very well put a boat on a lift to change the oil and many boats use automotive engines)

2) Contact George Murphy

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Old 08-30-1999, 01:51 PM
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My local West Marine store had exactly the same topsider that George Murphy was advertising at a lower cost and sans shipping from TN. This is a very standard device available at marine supply outlets. The brand I found at West Marine and the one George was selling was the "Big Boy".

Incidentally, you might save yourself some trouble by knowing how much oil you draw out at each oil change (8 quarts?) and ensuring that the topsider you buy has the same or greater capacity.
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Old 09-18-1999, 08:18 PM
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I found on the Internet dipstick oil changers right here http://www.hernmarine.com/
The price is less than $30
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Old 09-18-1999, 10:29 PM
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I use the PELA oil extractor,$100Canadian cos
i:cant find Topsider locally
ii:The Pela Oil Extractor has a strong see through plastic graduated (1 litrex6)cylinder.It has worked very well for me.I only replace what I can see has been extracted,useful for partial AT fluid change via ATF dipstick.Do it 6 to 7 x(once every 3-6 months,same time as oil change) and you have almost new ATF without all the hassle

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Old 09-19-1999, 03:58 PM
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Question:

If your draining the oil from the top? does that still get all the sludge build up at the bottom of the oil pan?
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Old 09-19-1999, 08:49 PM
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According to George Murphy and others,sucking oil from the top remove more oil than by draining.MB dealers just suck the oil up when they do your oil change.With the new Quaker State almost clear oil,you can see on the dipstick how clean it is,after you refill post-suction.
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Old 09-19-1999, 08:50 PM
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Just got mine from the following -
http://www.boatus-store.com/MC_Online/Browse.asp?ShowItem=16467

They had excellent price -
33.99 + UPS ground 5.91.

Make sure you tell them you're not a boatowner and want to buy the unit for a car.
Order by phone.
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Old 02-26-2000, 04:54 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by VA300SD:
Just got mine from the following -
http://www.boatus-store.com/MC_Online/Browse.asp?ShowItem=16467

They had excellent price -
33.99 + UPS ground 5.91.

Make sure you tell them you're not a boatowner and want to buy the unit for a car.
Order by phone.


Is there a difference between the boat model and car model? I just called the 800 # and they told me i have to special order it. Thanks, jaman
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Old 02-26-2000, 05:24 PM
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I'm not aware of any difference. The one you see used in our DIY Oil Change articles is mine. I bought it at a boating supply store here in Atlanta. They had a whole stack of them and they were ALL intended for boats.

On the box mine came in it says "Big Boy Topsider MVP". "For your Boat. For your vehicles. Around the home" It is rated at a 2 gallon capacity but, it holds the 8 1/2 quarts from my E430 just fine as long as the Topsider is on level ground.

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Old 02-27-2000, 12:18 PM
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You also want to make sure that the oil is up to operating temp before attempting to suck it out. We have a nice Tecalemit air powered suction machine at the shop, but it takes forever if the oil isn't nice and hot. I saw the Topsiders in Boat US for about $40.

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Old 02-27-2000, 02:20 PM
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FYI. I put a post on the General Feedback forum suggesting that Mercedesshop sell tools. They responded that they already do, and will probably be adding a page much like their redline page. Those interested might want to visit that forum, which probably doesn't get as much traffic, and give your comments. For me, it would be good to have an on-line source that I can trust to provide quality tools.

Selling topsiders that Mercedesshop knows work might be a good thing!

One last comment for Aaron, I love it when someones car listing is longer that their post! A true car enthusiast!

Here's to smooth highways and no flats!

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Old 02-29-2000, 08:55 AM
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Would someone help me understand something.

Petella said that there is a claim that these gizmos actually get out more oil than pulling the plug and letting it drain. Is the gizmo getting oil from somewhere other than the bottom of the pan? If it is getting the oil from the bottom of the pan, the oil drains there just the same as if you pull the plug. Where else can you remove oil from an engine that allows you to get more oil.

Also, I too love seeing Aarons car list, after I win the lottery, .............

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Old 02-29-2000, 09:32 AM
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Larry:

The TopSider pulls out oil via suction. Suction is broken when an air gap is introduced, as when you are nearing the bottom of the pool of oil. Remember when you are drinking your cola with a straw and you get to the bottom? Now try draining a cake pan with a straw, and don't move the straw. Can you get all the cola out? I DON'T THINK SO!!!!

Therefore, you can NEVER get out all of the oil using one of these devices, because you can never reach all the oil in the 12"x18" oil pan (which is like a cake pan's bottom).

Therefore, by draining the oil out, WHEN IT IS HOT OR VERY WARM, is the only way that you can be sure of getting all the old oil out.

That said, the small amount of oil left by the TopSider (and the residual dirt in that little bit of oil) is then diluted by the 6 quarts of new oil that you will fill, and therefore, it is not very important.

The benefits of a TopSider is that you do not have to crawl on your back, loosen the oil drain plug, get oil all over your hand, risk spilling some on your floor, and then having to put the drain plug back in again before you replenish the oil. Is it worth it? Only you can answer that question. Remember that it does take time to keep pumping all that oil into the TopSider. And remember that your oil will drain by gravity, while you do soething else. And remember that the TopSider was developed for marine applications, where it is "impossible" to lift the boat and drain out the oil. And remember that these kinds of "fixes" are for people who don't have lifts or patience to do it the "right" way.

Other than that, you pays your money and you takes your chances.......Andras
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Old 02-29-2000, 11:36 AM
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I made a topsider using a shop vac, 5 gal. joint compound bucket and piece of clear plastic hose slightly smaller than dipstick tube. Cut hole in top of bucket slightly smaller than vac hose; across top from vac hose hole, cut hole slightly smaller than oil hose. Stick both hoses in their respective holes; stick oil hose down dipstick tube, and turn on the vac; oil comes up the small hose and drops into the bucket - slower than I would like, but overall satisfactory.

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