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Old 07-11-2018, 02:53 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 2.5L with 5 speed manual. It needs an oil change and I'm tired of crawling around underneath it. Has anyone pumped the oil out of the dipstick tube? I had a Benz 300E I could do it with because the tube went almost to the bottom of the pan. I haven't tried putting a flexible tube down the Rangers tube yet but I've tried it before with other cars and didn't have much success. I have one of the orange hand pumps that I used to use on the Benz but it doesn't suck real well on a narrow tube. Anybody ever try this? Thanks all!
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:19 PM   #2
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Sounds like a lot of trouble to go to to still have to crawl under and change the filter.
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I can get the filter from the top which is why I want to do the oil that way too. Maybe someone else has some experience like that.
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I would not attempt anything major on your truck with what little patience you have changing the oil.
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I feel like you would get a more complete change if you drain it the normal way. I normally do mine when the engine and oil is hot so it drains better. I give it plenty of time before I install the plug and refill. I just don't want any more of the old dirty oil remaining than absolutely necessary.

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I've done the front end and clutch so far as well as the minor stuff, including all the spark plugs and wires. I guess after crawling around, in and under cars/trucks/aircraft/whatever for 55 years my patience isn't in question. But thanks for playing anyway.

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When I did my Benz that way the first time I removed the drain plug and the pan was essentially dry. But the Benz was designed that way. Since I haven't had the pan off the Ranger yet I don't know if I could pump out of the bottom of it. That's why I asked the question. But your point's valid. Thanks.
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Go to an extended-service oil and change it once a year. My old bones have trouble getting up and down these days too.
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