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  • 03-04-2010, 10:08 AM
    ghollis_1

    lol stfu









  • 03-02-2010, 05:15 PM
    jayb

    Careful about the $10 oil change, bad experience

    Just wanted to share with you what happened with a $19 oil change. My wife took her car for years into a Jiffy Lube type place. I always was concerned about it since the turnover of the in the pit 'boys' was great and they all looked rather young. But no appointment was a major factor to her. One time she took it there for a oil change they forget to tighten the filter, just put it on with maybe half a turn. When she got home the oil was leaking slowly onto the garage floor. Last time there. Never found out what happened, although they did take responsibility for it. Something as easy as an oil change could become a bigger problem unless you are using reliable people.
  • 03-02-2010, 12:47 PM
    reupreckt

    Not so good with analog devices, huh?

  • 02-26-2010, 10:58 AM
    ghollis_1

    yeah, wish i had heard about yours first :)









  • 02-25-2010, 11:28 PM
    reupreckt

    I've done a couple on this car.

    but there's a place near my house that does it for $10 if I bring my own oil and filter. It's not worth jacking it up, and having to take a big greasy bucket of used motor oil to a recycling place.

    I feel like like I'm kinda shirking my duty and maybe I'm missing out on some essential part of the ownership experience - but then I see that drainpan of oil from working on my pickup still in the garage after 6 months and I get over it....quickly.

    I'll do most of the other maintenance - but I'll pass on the oil change.



  • 02-25-2010, 09:29 PM
    jayb

    I gave up changing oil 10 years ago, but with the

    new from the top (extractor) I will do it again. The days of going under are over.
  • 02-25-2010, 03:15 PM
    reupreckt

    What up? I've been busy - probably due to my

    paranoia about oil extractors...I've been trapped under my car draining the oil. ;-)



  • 02-25-2010, 12:03 PM
    Filehorse

    You'll love it. Just remember that it only holds>

    ~6 quarts so you'll have to transfer a couple of quarts to make room for that 7th quart. Also, be sure the engine is warm. Old, cold oil has the viscosity of molasses and it will GREATLY increase the amount of time it takes to vacuum out 7 quarts. The actual bore size of the insertion tube is only about 1/8" so it'll take 5-10 minutes with the Pela.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    76,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 02-25-2010, 06:44 AM
    jayb

    Just ordered a Pela 6000. Thanks for comments

  • 02-24-2010, 01:00 PM
    ohdaveplease

    My 18 year old son is on his 3rd car

    Dented my subaru twice. Hit it with a friends car backing out of my driveway (friend let him drive IDIOT), Then backeded it into a neighbors mailbox. He totalled his first car (a 2001 VW bug) Didn't "like" the POS ('97 Altima that smelled like curry) I made him buy as a result. Now drives a Mini and knows if he hurts it, he walks
    My 21 year old daughter has been mostly trouble free and keeps her '04 Honda Civic up very well.
    04 E46 325i Sport,Manual,Silver Grey/Black leather.my car
    90 Mazda Miata 90k original Red with Black........toy car
    01 Subaru Outback LL bean edition h6...........wife's car
    past BMW's: .
    88 735i e32 Black/Tan...93 325i e36 manual Electric Red/Black *my first NEW BMW!...00 528i e39 sport,manual Electric Red/Black
  • 02-23-2010, 07:00 PM
    Stinger9

    That's really curious because I use the Pela

    6 litre unit, and the oil never touches anything on the pump. The pump sits at the top of the poly globe and creates a low pressure area in the globe that the oil flows in because high pressure (atmospheric in this case) always flows to low pressure.
    As the oil fills up to near the top, I release the pressure and empty the tank without ever having the pump or any seal ever come close to oil of any kind.
  • 02-22-2010, 11:13 AM
    ghollis_1

    my only complaint on the oil extractor i bought

    was it (rather, it's internal seals) was not compatible with synthetic oil. so the first couple changes went fine (like you, i had intended to use the drain plug method every third change or so), but once the seals gave out on the pump, i had synthetic oil spitting everywhere when i pumped. i've since put the extractor on the shelf and gone back to drain plug method only. oh well.







  • 02-21-2010, 03:45 PM
    ohdaveplease

    Hey Roop long time no hear!


    04 E46 325i Sport,Manual,Silver Grey/Black leather.my car
    90 Mazda Miata 90k original Red with Black........toy car
    01 Subaru Outback LL bean edition h6...........wife's car
    past BMW's: .
    88 735i e32 Black/Tan...93 325i e36 manual Electric Red/Black *my first NEW BMW!...00 528i e39 sport,manual Electric Red/Black
  • 02-21-2010, 03:32 PM
    Filehorse

    Sold my E30 when I bought my E39. > > >

    It had 145,000 miles and literally looked and drove like new. It also was well-maintained and at 145,000 miles still didn't burn a drop of oil between changes. It was an '89 and it's the reason I still drive a BMW today. It was the car that demonstrated the difference between driving and riding and guiding.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    76,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 02-21-2010, 01:27 PM
    jayb

    My daughter drove my E30, never put a scratch on i

    on it, but perhaps that is the difference between guys and gals. E30 1987 still on the road in good shape. Oil changed every 3k.
  • 02-21-2010, 08:44 AM
    Filehorse

    An 18-year old son who overestimated his driving>

    ability. Actually, only the last one was his fault. He now drives a lovely champagne-colored '95 Ford Taurus GL inherited from my father. Let's just say he now has a much greater appreciation for owning a BMW.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    76,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 02-21-2010, 03:25 AM
    jayb

    Thank you for feedback--I see you have 2 involun >

    I see you have 2 involuntary retirements in your family. What happened to the '01 E46. They are young to be retired so early.
  • 02-20-2010, 11:08 PM
    Filehorse

    These engines are not grinding themselves up > > >

    Assuming the oil is changed at reasonable intervals and the correct full synthetic oil is used, any concern over "metal shavings" borders on paranoia. Besides, anything really heavy will probably settle to the bottom of the pan before you can get the drain plug removed anyway. Any extractor will remove more oil than via the drain plug owing to the position of the drain plug relative to the bottom of the pan. Draining will always leave more oil in the pan that what you can vacuum out with an extractor. Any particle larger than a few microns will be trapped by the filter before it can do any damage to the bearing surfaces. My feeling is that the oil should be drained/vacuumed immediately after warming the engine and any metal particles are probably small enough to remain suspended in the oil for the amount of time it takes to remove the oil. If you have metal particles large enough to make a noticeable "ping" as they hit the bottom of the pan, you have bigger worries anyway.

    Enjoy your oil extractor.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    76,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 02-18-2010, 01:39 PM
    Stinger9

    It's partially gut level opinion, but I'd not

    worry about using an extractor exclusively. Especially if you're diligent about frequent oil changes.
    You've got an oil filter that excludes down to the micro level to prevent anything meaningful from ever reaching your engine from the pan bottom.
    Others here have done the test to see if the extractor takes out all the oil and found it very efficient.
    When I use the extractor, it pulls out plenty of thick dirty oil.

    If you're negligent about your changes, use the bottom drain, but otherwise relax with your extractor.
  • 02-18-2010, 12:21 PM
    reupreckt

    I wonder about this as well. metal shavings, etc

    are bound to end up at the bottom of the pan (some manufacturers even use a magnetic plug). Seems to me that a bottom drain should be done pretty frequently. Fresh oil isn't going to protect you against metal shavings getting raked down the cylinder liner.

    I might be a bit overly concerned, but it seems logical.

    It is a pain to bottom-drain with the plug on the side of the pan though!




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