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Old 12-07-2005, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default Does anyone use a oil extractor (Tempo Oil boy) when doing a oil change

Did a search and came up did not come up with anything on this board. Do any of you use Tempo Oil Boy. On the acurazine borad, a lot of guys use it. Now I have a Subaru also and wondering if it is possible to use oil extractor on it. Any help will be great.
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:37 PM   #2
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What's the benefit of using an oil extractor over the traditional method?
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Old 12-08-2005, 01:57 PM   #3
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Mostly, it's just a lot cleaner, and easier to take care of disposal.

On some cars (my former VW TDI being one of them) the oil filter is topside, so with an extractor, you don't have to get the car up on ramps, get down on the ground, etc. On a VW in paticular, with that annoying plastic lower shield, held in by a dozen torx screws, it was really helpful. You also don't run the risk of stripping the drain bolt in the pan, if you're concerned about that sort of thing (again - vw had an aluminum pan with a steel bolt - it was a fairly common problem if you overtorqued the bolt)

Since the filters are down on the bottom for subarus, there's little value, IMO.

Only other advantage is that you can usually get a little more oil out with the extractor than you would using the normal method.

Oh, and if you overfill, by chance, it's easy to remove a little bit of oil.

I had used a Pela back in the day. Cost around $45.
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Old 12-10-2005, 07:57 PM   #4
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Ah, I see. Wow, what a pain in the ass to have the oil filter topside!
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Old 12-11-2005, 11:44 AM   #5
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Not really - VW actually got it right with that one. Instead of a cartridge filter, like on a subaru, the VW filter is a replacable paper/fabric element and the housing stays attached to the engine. You simply screw off the lid of the housing, pull out the paper filter into a plastic bag (it's like taking a pickle out of a pickle jar) and that's it.

Blindingly simple, and if you're careful, and use an extractor, you never get dirty.
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Old 12-11-2005, 07:20 PM   #6
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I have one that I bought from Griots Garage and it does not work. You can't get to the bottom of the oil pan through the dipstick with our subies. It works fine on all other cars though.
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Old 12-12-2005, 12:51 AM   #7
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I have one that I bought from Griots Garage and it does not work. You can't get to the bottom of the oil pan through the dipstick with our subies. It works fine on all other cars though.
I am glad you said that, because I was going to order the one from Griots Garage this week.
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Old 12-12-2005, 01:20 AM   #8
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Thanks DChan!! I was wondering it would work for the Subaru or not. It works great for Acura. I guess it is the old fashion way for the Subaru.
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:10 AM   #9
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Yeah they work great on every V or inline motor I've tried it on. Even though it doesn't work for Subies, it is still one of my favorite tools in the garage.
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