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I have a Mityvac that I use for topside oil changes on my BMW and VW. However, the suction tubes were too short for the Tundra 5.7, always leaving two quarts behind. I bought a set of extended length tubes recently and tried them out this weekend on my 5.7. I sucked out around 7.5 quarts and when I pulled the drain plug to verify I got absolutely NOTHING. Literally not one single drop of oil left - not even on the plug. Not unusual since this is what I see with the two German cars.

So, for those of you who like topside changes a set of longer suction tubes will do the trick. Of course, you're still going to have to get under it to do the filter but it's still a little less of a mess than draining. I'll be a customer of the first guy to build a quality filter relocation kit for the 5.7, if it can be done.

For those of you who hate topside oil changes, rant on. You can let it drain overnight but you'll still only get to the same place I did in five minutes of suction - absolutely nothing left in the pan.
 

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Good info...but, draining the oil is the easiest and quickest part of an oil change on the 5.7. Plus, with the low viscosity oil it really drains in a hurry. Now, the filter is a different issue...fix that and you will be a hero.
 

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So what's so good about going through the top of the motor? You get your 7.5 qts of oil in 5 minutes, but so do I when I let it drain conventionally. Waiting overnight? Dirty? Nope.

It's all a moot point as you still have oil in all your oil passages, lines and cooler.:rolleyes:
 

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good info. i havent tried a topside on my tundra...but i do on the benz. the oil filter is right on top on it...so its perfect. and i have to suck the oil out on the boat, theres no other way... but sucking it out the top is alot more convienient...you dont have to get your hand dirty pulling the plug and i always splatter a little lining the drain pan under the drain and then i have to put the plug back in and then drain the oil from the pan into the bottles to take back or whatever....on the sucker all i have to do is suck it out and take the can to the place and empty it. i could do that with one of the enclosed drain pans too but i just like doing things using power tools so hookin up an extractor to the compressed air works wonders for my mind hha
 

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Thanks for the info, and as stated, it will be a matter of personal preference.

The MAIN reason for the topside change on the Eurocars is, like already pointed out, the fact the filter is topside also.....no need to get under the car at all.

MY personal feeling is I actually enjoy putzing around underneath my vehicles just to see if anything is out of place/damaged/missing etc.

I even did my Jetta TDI the "old fashioned way" every 2nd or 3rd OC for that reason.
 

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good info. i havent tried a topside on my tundra...but i do on the benz. the oil filter is right on top on it...so its perfect. and i have to suck the oil out on the boat, theres no other way... but sucking it out the top is alot more convienient...you dont have to get your hand dirty pulling the plug and i always splatter a little lining the drain pan under the drain and then i have to put the plug back in and then drain the oil from the pan into the bottles to take back or whatever....on the sucker all i have to do is suck it out and take the can to the place and empty it. i could do that with one of the enclosed drain pans too but i just like doing things using power tools so hookin up an extractor to the compressed air works wonders for my mind hha

Funny thing for me was when I first got into boating, I was only aware of the pump that attached to a drill..........biggest PITA ever.

Next 2 boats I built (Nordic and a Howard) I installed the kit to where the hose from the oil pan drain plug goes through the bilge drain hole......ez, but the opening on the hose was kinda small and I would let it drain over night.


After discovering the pnuematic extractor that I used on my TDI.....I won't be bothering with the hose through the bilge method any longer.
 

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the biggest PIA on my boat is the oil filter...almost impossible to change it w/o dripping oil in the bilge no matter how hard i try...thats what i need a topside filter on ha
 

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the biggest PIA on my boat is the oil filter...almost impossible to change it w/o dripping oil in the bilge no matter how hard i try...thats what i need a topside filter on ha
What I used to do on my boat was take a punch and poke a hole in the filter and let it drain into any container that you can get to fit in the confined space. If nothing else works, try a large plastic sandwich bag around the filter. It helps to punch another hole at the top of the filter for a vent. Once the filter is empty it can be removed with very little mess.
 

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the biggest PIA on my boat is the oil filter...almost impossible to change it w/o dripping oil in the bilge no matter how hard i try...thats what i need a topside filter on ha

No sympathy here....;) After my first ecounter with a GM powered boat, I bought the remote mounted filter. As easy to install as changing the filter.

I might even have an extra one laying around with lines and bracket.....if you're interested, I'll start diggin'.
 

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I have a Mityvac that I use for topside oil changes on my BMW and VW. However, the suction tubes were too short for the Tundra 5.7, always leaving two quarts behind. I bought a set of extended length tubes recently and tried them out this weekend on my 5.7. I sucked out around 7.5 quarts and when I pulled the drain plug to verify I got absolutely NOTHING. Literally not one single drop of oil left - not even on the plug. Not unusual since this is what I see with the two German cars.

So, for those of you who like topside changes a set of longer suction tubes will do the trick. Of course, you're still going to have to get under it to do the filter but it's still a little less of a mess than draining. I'll be a customer of the first guy to build a quality filter relocation kit for the 5.7, if it can be done.

For those of you who hate topside oil changes, rant on. You can let it drain overnight but you'll still only get to the same place I did in five minutes of suction - absolutely nothing left in the pan.

do you have the item number for the extended hose? where did you purchase it from? i plan to purchase this mityvac for my 02 530i and 02 e320. my wife has the 05 sequoia and my father has the 03 sequoia. this will make all the oil changes so much easier.

as for the oil filter on the sequoia, here's what i do. credit goes to a ford explorer forum. i take the oil filter and measure it against a 2 liter soda bottle. i leave about 1 inch above the height of the oil filter. from the top side, i reach over and loosen the filter. i then cup the filter with the half soda bottle and twist, twist, twist. be careful, because if the filter drops into the bottle and you're not ready, you're in for a small mess. it's worked for me every time and i don't have to remove the guard.
 
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