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We still pick them up most services but if it's just been in for repair (eliminating the need for a inspection) or the customer is in a rush it seems to come in handy. Also nice seems to help avoid atf showers too.

 

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Hi, oil extractors work great. Ive used one for years. matter of fact, Mercedes and bmw, think vw too use them as a factory tool. As far as guys thinking they don't get all the oil is sadly mistaken. Oil extraction gets all of the oil out to the point that there will be no drips. One machine can be used for so many different jobs like brakes, tranny service, power sterring, etc. Try one I think youll like it.

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What extractor do you use?

Hi, I use a cheap harbor freight green one. I think it was $150.00 for it. Works great. If I had to do it over again, I would get one that does both. A oil drain and extractor combo.

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Is there a way to save the oil? We do a lot of transmissions. Every once in a while we need to redo a pan gasket, or make an internal adjustment etc... It would be nice to save $80-$100 worth of fluid.

 

We have in the past let a corner loose and filled into a 5 gallon bucket, but debris on the outside of the trans (no matter how much you clean) always finds it's way in there and I pitch the fluid for fresh.

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Is there a way to save the oil? We do a lot of transmissions. Every once in a while we need to redo a pan gasket, or make an internal adjustment etc... It would be nice to save $80-$100 worth of fluid.

 

We have in the past let a corner loose and filled into a 5 gallon bucket, but debris on the outside of the trans (no matter how much you clean) always finds it's way in there and I pitch the fluid for fresh.

For that I use one of the cheaper hand pump extractors. Works very well. I've got a clean one just for pulling and installing new transmission fluid.

 

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