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Anyone uses one of these to make changing oil on the IS easier?

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Since you can reach the oil filter from the top, I figure pumping the oil out from the top would make changing the oil very easy. I searched online and saw alot of good reviews, just want to know if anyone with an IS uses one?
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I've seen those tools before, but I still think that's old school way of doing it by removing the drain plug and leting it all drain is the best way of doing it. Let the gravity do the work

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I don't really think there is a need for that. I drain the oil on my car without even jacking it up. Also even if you do take the filter out from the top you need to reach under the car to either put a drain pan under the filter or wipe the oil off the ground after it spills.

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yeah jack it and drain it
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What kind of jacks are you guys using to jack up ur car?

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I wouldnt use that.

I think the traditional method is better using the drain plug cuz it get EVERYTHING out plus all the dirt and stuff that is on the bottom of the oil pan.

Plus you have to get under your car anyway to remove the oil filter..
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What kind of jacks are you guys using to jack up ur car?
Costco has an aluminum low profile jack for $99 now. I had their old model (all trade iirc) and it was awesome, till it started bleeding hydraulic fluid and I returned it (thanks Costco and your liberal return policy) and got the new brand model. Works well enough.

Sears has a craftsman aluminum low pro jack for 119-129 every so often, that's good as well since craftsman tools have a lifetime warranty.

Make sure you use jack stands as well.
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I have one. They work - although I use mine to extract oil from garden tractors and riding mowers - which are sometimes difficult to deal with. Get it started, and the thing pulls the oil out with no extra effort. I don't know that this is as good as pulling a drain plug - but it does get virtually all of the oil out.
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All of you guys jack the car up to change the oil? Am I the only one who does it with the car on the ground? Maybe im the only one with an IS at stock height.

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All of you guys jack the car up to change the oil? Am I the only one who does it with the car on the ground? Maybe im the only one with an IS at stock height.
I used to do that.... when I was at stock height.
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$20-40 for a set of Rhino ramps from Walmart. $5 OEM filter from Toyota. $23 for Mobil 1 Supersyn from Costco (6qts). $25 for a fumoto valve. Once the fumoto valve is installed, It will take you all of 20 minutes to do oil change. Save money on not buying that pump and use it on other accessories for your vehicle.
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What da hell is a fumoto valve??!!

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I'd guess its one of those things that replace your drain plug with a open/closable valve. Think bleeder screw.

Edit: Or just read this: http://www.fumotovalve.com/
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I'm not so sure I'd want to trust a valve for that purpose.

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I wouldnt use that.


Plus you have to get under your car anyway to remove the oil filter..
i pull out the filter from the top...just use a plastic bag around to filter to keep the oil from spilling minimal.

and i rather drain it from the bottom, than pumpin it out

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