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Old 08-13-17, 06:30 PM
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I do the maintenance and needed repairs but we are an exception. I do it as I enjoy doing it but that makes us an exception.

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Old 08-13-17, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Nauticalx View Post
Does anyone suck the oil out through the dipstick tube? I know folks with german vehicles who do this and no need to get under the car and open any drain plug. Just wanted to see if this was an alternative with the RX. Have a 2012 RX 450h myself. TIA
It is better than not changing oil, but it leaves the sediments at the bottom of the pan.

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Old 08-13-17, 08:32 PM
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Yes, I've done the sucking method for my MB's in the past (only non-AMG models). It worked VERY WELL. As matter of fact someone at the slkworld.com forums did a test and it is the superior way of changing oil in MB's (this method is the OFFICIAL described method in it's service manuals EXCEPT for the MB's AMG models which requires doing draining the TWO bolts at the bottom of the sump pump and the oil pan. I've since sold my MB's except for one remaining AMG model which I drain the oil the old fashioned way by getting under the car. <br /><br />The oil filter UNFORTUNATELY sits at the bottom side of our RCF engine versus on the top as in most (if not all) MB's engines. So you will still have to go under the RCF to get to the oil filter. Since you are under the RCF anyway, might as well do the oil drain bolt.



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Does anyone suck the oil out through the dipstick tube? I know folks with german vehicles who do this and no need to get under the car and open any drain plug. Just wanted to see if this was an alternative with the RX. Have a 2012 RX 450h myself. TIA
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Old 08-13-17, 08:34 PM
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Which German cars are these? Maybac?


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On some German cars, folks CAN NOT undo drain plug as it is locked and only dealer has key. And oil change is $1200. No, I did not mistype. $1200/60 000 miles.
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Old 08-14-17, 04:55 AM
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I take my Mobil 1 bought at Walmart and filter bought at Lexus Parts World for $4.50 to my Toyota dealer who charges me $20 labor.
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Old 08-14-17, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Nauticalx View Post
Does anyone suck the oil out through the dipstick tube? I know folks with german vehicles who do this and no need to get under the car and open any drain plug. Just wanted to see if this was an alternative with the RX. Have a 2012 RX 450h myself. TIA
I tried that on the RX. Don't waste your time. You need to get under the vehicle to get to the filter anyway.
You'll be swearing up a storm when the plastic tube gets stuck and you can't pull it out. And then more swearing when the oil sprays all over the garage wall as you're trying to pump out used oil from the pump.
Trust me on this.

After some practice, it works great for my Audi, though. I don't have to remove the undercarriage shield or get under the car. Filter is right there on the top. It can be a relatively clean and painless operation.
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Old 08-14-17, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by EA6BMECH View Post
Here's my question. I did the 30k Oil change. Problem is, I drained the oil, then went for the filter. I couldn't get that filter housing off. Had a cheaper cup wrench and was afraid that it would round off. I used a 2' breaker bar!! How Fing tight do these guys put these things on?!! I'll order a special tool. In the mean time, I had to put the oil in it to use the car. Later on, can I get away with draining the filter housing and change the filter and only loose what was in the housing or will I loose allot more??
One time I was in a pinch, just like you. Grabbed a huge pipe wrench and that did the trick. I have since bought the Motivx filter wrench:
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Thanks for the replies peeps!!! As for the sucking of oil out, I have to do the on my Sea Doo boat. That was a strange thing to do since we're all use to draining oil. I'll warm up the engine first to get metal a little more "pliable?" Well I think you all know what I mean. Might make it break easier
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Old 08-17-17, 03:06 PM
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I wait in anticipation when the miles are getting closer to oil changes...wonder why.
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Old 08-18-17, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by lexusrus View Post
Yes, I've done the sucking method for my MB's in the past (only non-AMG models). It worked VERY WELL. As matter of fact someone at the slkworld.com forums did a test and it is the superior way of changing oil in MB's (this method is the OFFICIAL described method in it's service manuals EXCEPT for the MB's AMG models which requires doing draining the TWO bolts at the bottom of the sump pump and the oil pan. I've since sold my MB's except for one remaining AMG model which I drain the oil the old fashioned way by getting under the car. <br /><br />The oil filter UNFORTUNATELY sits at the bottom side of our RCF engine versus on the top as in most (if not all) MB's engines. So you will still have to go under the RCF to get to the oil filter. Since you are under the RCF anyway, might as well do the oil drain bolt.
use to also do this on our BMW , the filter was on top and ar front of the engine so it was very easy to do
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Old 08-18-17, 09:52 AM
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Yip! Warming up the engine made it easier. Lost less than a half quart.
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Old 08-25-17, 07:29 PM
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DIY here q 6 months/6k miles,,,Quality work,much cheaper,peace of mind.
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I do it for my wife's 450h every 20-30k kms (12-18k miles)
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Old 08-29-17, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by paperthin View Post
I do it for my wife's 450h every 20-30k kms (12-18k miles)

every 12-18,000 miles? Eeeeeh.....
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Originally Posted by paperthin View Post
I do it for my wife's 450h every 20-30k kms (12-18k miles)
10k factory interval is pushing it. 18K is really stretching it. You RX may go German on you, as in the engine will gunk up and will need a replacement by end of warranty period.
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