Do-it-yourself Oil Extractor

| January/February 2006

oil change pump, oil extractor


Lawn mowers, tillers and other power equipment all need oil changes as a part of their routine maintenance. This task usually involves removing drain plugs, which can lead to messy spills, and many of us tend to skip the task just to avoid the hassle. But, failure to change the oil will reduce the life of your engine.

Now there's a product that makes it easy to change your oil. North Carolina-based Pela Products has released an oil extractor designed specifically for small jobs.

It's affordable ($29.99), and we found it quick and easy to use ? drop the long tube down the engine's dipstick pipe, pump five to 10 times in a row to create a vacuum and watch the oil drain into the container. The PELA 2000 oil change pump has a capacity of 2.5 liters (1 liter equals about 1 quart). In addition to garden and yard equipment, it is especially handy for draining boat engines. Be sure to properly dispose of used oil, which should never be poured directly onto soil or down sewer drains. (Visit Earth 911 to find a local oil-recycling center.)

The oil extractor comes in two other sizes: a 6-liter version ($43.99) and a 6.5-liter size ($69.99). For more information, call (888) 272-7964 or go to Pela Products.
andy leong
2/24/2011 3:26:06 PM

Pela 650 review: I bought 10 of these Pela 650 for our auto shop. One of the pumps did not work. The other pump had hardly any vacuum. I emailed Pela Products and we went back and forth. The guy told me to use duct tape on the one that did not work but that did not solve the problem. He did not offer any solution to the one that had hardly any suction. I asked him if there is a local warranty center in my area but he did not answer my question.

thomas haaren
6/1/2006 12:00:00 AM

I have both 12 volt electric pump ALSO a vacumm extractor!I find both savers excelent tools! I change my daughters 05 jetta TDI What a god send I dont have to mess with engine shield screws !! want to save time ? Hook both of these items up IN SERIES . NOW TELL ME they are NG!!TOM the retired DIESEL MECHANIC PS both items purchased NORTHERN TOOL CATALOGHAPPY DRAINING !!

1 spooky j
5/6/2006 12:00:00 AM

This sounds like a dandy thing for draining out the gass tanks on riding mowers etc. that you put away for storage . Jim.

2/24/2006 12:00:00 AM

ATTN: JOSBORN and GMeekWe contacted PELA with your questions. Here is what their representative, Allan Hum, had to say:Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We totally disagree with the comments posted by JOSBORN. Small engines use the same oil as automobiles (API service classification SJ or higher). All crankcase oil will suspend contaminates. In fact, it is a very desirable quality. By pre-warming the oil, this will stir up and suspend debris which will allow a greater quantity to be removed during the oil change regardless of the method used.The whole purpose of oil changing is to prevent sludge. If the engine is well maintained, there will not be a buildup of sludge in the crankcase.If sludge is present due to poor maintenance, then the crankcase would need to be flushed out with a solvent or the oil pan would need to be removed and cleaned. (It is doubtful that by removing the drain plug, the less than half quart of oil would generate sufficient velocity to flush out the build up of sludge.)If you or your readers ever have any questions, we are always available. We can be reached by email at: inquiries@pelaproducts.comThanks!Regards,Allan HumPela Products

george meek
1/22/2006 12:00:00 AM

The oil extractor will leave sludge in the crankcase. Most mowers do not have a drain plug anymore as they were so hard to remove and reinstall reliably. If you can immagine the plug dropping out - if not a missle in the blade, the oil drains and the engine burns meek

jeramey osborn
1/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

I have concerns about the "Do-it-yourself Oil Extractor" method of changing engine oil in small engines. The engine oil used in today’s small engines is formulated NOT to keep debris and other sediment suspended in the oil. A vehicles engine oil does keep debris suspended so that it can be extracted via the oil filter, however in small engines most have no oil filter. The contaminants which settle are flushed out of the engine by all the oil draining when the oil drain plug is removed. That, and to remove ALL the oil, is the reason the drain plug is located at the lowest point. However, by using the "oil extractor" instead of properly removing the drain plug; settled debris, sediment, and other impurities will not be adequately removed from the oil reservoir. Since these impurities are not removed, putting fresh oil back into this reservoir will pre-maturely contaminate the fresh oil. My assumption is that this devise was developed by someone not understanding the full picture of engine protection. Too many times we try too hard to find the easy road, however much like this devise, easier is not always better. Oz

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