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Hi All,

Ive just added some hydraulic lifter fluid to my oil and when I check on the dipstick the level is to about here:

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Should I be concerned / need to get it drained? I dont have a jack so can barely get under my car.

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It would be best if you did drain some oil out yes.
Are you with AA or RAC or similar? They may be able to help you but might also charge?
 

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Search "vacuum oil extractor" on ebay and you'll see cheaper ones around £25. Rust Locker used a (more expensive) Sealey to carry out a full oil change on his Combo but the £25 jobs should be very up to the job of getting you out of your predicament and, I suspect, work well enough for at least a few oil changes in the future should you wish.
 

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Search "vacuum oil extractor" on ebay and you'll see cheaper ones around £25. Rust Locker used a (more expensive) Sealey to carry out a full oil change on his Combo but the £25 jobs should be very up to the job of getting you out of your predicament and, I suspect, work well enough for at least a few oil changes in the future should you wish.
I have a Sealey one of these and it's great for this kind of job. Not really sure it should be used for full oil changes though? I got it for doing lawn mowers which often don't have a drain plug and you have to invert the mower to drain them, ok if the fuel tank is empty. Handy for draining fuel tanks to.
 

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Rust Locker got 3.5 of the ~4 litres out. The thought occurs that the dregs remaining might contain a greater proportion of the bits and crud that would drop out in a gravity drain. Probably not a huge deal with regular, short interval changes but not ideal for a first change on a car with vague history. I can see their appeal for avoiding the ick but, tbh, I'm happier to have JB Motors do it for the minimal cost when I supply the oil.

When I saw the video I did read that apparently Mercedes now use vacuum as a matter of course. As well as lawn mowers, they make a case with 'sealed for life' gearboxes (like the C) when the idea of a 100+k box that's never seen fresh oil feels unnerving.
 
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