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I'd like to do an interim oil change to save some money and delay the need to pay hundreds of dollars to my local dealer. I use an oil extractor (tube goes down dipstick) on some of my other vehicles and it does a great job. Can I use this on my 02 Spyder or does the dry sump system prevent me from extracting much of the oil via this method? I appreciate your guidance!
 

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I'd like to do an interim oil change to save some money and delay the need to pay hundreds of dollars to my local dealer. I use an oil extractor (tube goes down dipstick) on some of my other vehicles and it does a great job. Can I use this on my 02 Spyder or does the dry sump system prevent me from extracting much of the oil via this method? I appreciate your guidance!
There was a good thread on this very topic about a year ago. My personal view is that it's OK to extract the oil but you have to realize that you're never going to get a full drain. SO, maybe this is a reasonable approach for those of you DIY-ers that want to do an easy oil change between dealer-scheduled changes? Don't forget that you have oil in the filter or, that you'll still need to change out the filter.
 

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I'd like to do an interim oil change to save some money and delay the need to pay hundreds of dollars to my local dealer. I use an oil extractor (tube goes down dipstick) on some of my other vehicles and it does a great job. Can I use this on my 02 Spyder or does the dry sump system prevent me from extracting much of the oil via this method? I appreciate your guidance!
I have an '02 Spyder also:

1. After changing the oil several times I can say with some assurance that there will approximately 1L oil remaining in the block.

2. I'm not certain but I think I remember that the filter is an anti-drainback type which would be another area that would not be drained by a pump.

3. The oil fill tube connects directly to the tank which would allow for a larger tube to pump through if you decide to go that route.

4. The factory filter and copper washers cost ca $35. I use Pennzoil, 5W-40, Platinum, European Formula oil at around $7/L (I like Pennzoil, I can find it and it meets ALL specs.)

5. Up until last time I changed the oil myself. The car needs to be level when the oil is drained so I found a slope, parked the car there so that when the front was raised the car was level. Get some old rags cause the filter goes in sideways and will dump oil when removed.

6. Last time I found a mechanic who had the proper lift, ie one that has ramps that you drive onto rather than a floor pit. (The later will not allow the oil to be drained 'cause the drain plug will not be over the pit.) Anyhow he charged me $20 for maybe 15 min work (not including time to allow the oil to drain.)

I, myself would not use the pump method. Especially now that I've got someone to lift the car. There are several threads on this site about changing oil. Search them out and give one a try.
 

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Thank you. I've had great luck with using extractor on my other vehicles so will give it a try on my 02 Spyder and will let you know how it goes. I probably won't change the oil filter on this go around (I know.... changing the oil but not the filter is like taking a shower and putting dirty underwear on!) but I just want to do an interim oil change until I get to the dealer for a service a bit later this year!

Thanks again and take care.
 
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