A Review on the Mityvac 7400
Engine Oil Extractor Method of changing Oil
If you’ve googled the term, fluid extractor, you’ve probably discovered the Mityvac 7400 Engine Oil Extractor. The Mityvac 7400 is the most often used and reviewed car engine oil extractor on the internet. But the Mityvac 7400 is more than just a car oil extractor. This product comes in real handy if you want to change a variety of fluids in your car without having to get under the vehicle and get your Sunday clothes dirty. You can use the Mityvac to change your transmission fluid, differential fluid, power steering, brake fluid, coolant and just about any other fluids that you would otherwise have a hard time getting underneath your car to drain. The Mityvac 7400 makes it easy, but is removing fluids this way really as convenient as changing your oil the old fashioned way?
Is it easier than an Old Fashioned Oil Change?
Using the Mityvac for Changing Oil
In my case, I tried the Mityvac for the first time for removing oil from a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta which had a non-standard diameter; and very tightly fastened drain plug. I didn’t want to jeopardize the lock-tight seal on the drain plug and risk the future oil leaks associated with old, used cars. Knowing that there were products made for these situations, and knowing that I have the same drain plug problem with my 1997 5-Series BMW, I thought it would be useful to have one for all of the other fluids changes that I’m hesitant to perform on these used cars. My research led me to the Mityvac product which had many positive, 4-star reviews by satisfied users and owners of a variety of different car manufacturers and models. As positive as these reviews were overall, there were some complaints too, as there always are.
How to use the Mityvac 7400
Using the Mityvac 7400 fluid extractor for oil changes is almost as easy as pumping up your basketball tires. Make sure your engine is warm, but not hot. Connect the plastic tubing to the pump; remove your dipstick and insert the tube all of the down the inside of the dipstick gauge until you feel it touching the bottom of your oil pan. Begin pumping the handle up and down just like a bicycle pump. In a matter of seconds, you’ll notice oil flowing up from the tube and down into the cylinder-shaped canister. It took me about 10 minutes to extract the 4 quarts of oil from the 2003 Jetta. Sounds good so far, right? Hang on.
What’s not to like about Changing your Oil this Way?
Removing the oil was the easy part. What’s left to do was the messy part. As with any oil change, the oil filter is usually dripping with oil. When I removed the oil filter, gobs of dirty oil dripped inside the floor of the engine shield. I could not reach it without elevating the car. I was forced to back up and use the ramps to clean the mess that was made. Then, I had these messy tubes full of old engine oil. I didn’t feel good about leaving the oil in them, so I pumped water through the system a few times to clean the tubes and cylinder. When all was said and done, the Mityvac 7400 did not save me any time with my oil change. On the other hand, the product did allow me to change the oil without loosening a plug and risking damage or leaks from the oil pan. It’s also nice knowing that I can change other fluids without having to reach hard-to-get places, bolts and plugs. Don’t buy any fluid extractor thinking it’s a mess-free, easier and quicker way to change your oil. Do buy it if you want to avoid the hassle and risks associated with stripped oil drain plugs or other fluids with difficult to reach drains. In those cases, the Mityvac engine oil extractor represents a useful way to safely change your car fluids.