Posted November 10, 2011 at 08:49 am
Over the week end I just had success siphoning about 4 oz (for a used oil analysis) through the ENGINE oil dipstick tube.....using a combination of the "Mixmizer" 2-cycle oil ratio syringe jobby that walmart sells :P
I took the syringe thing, connected the 4" clear plastic hose to the end of the mixmizer (no that wasn't long enough, HA!) - and then I got refrigerator water tubing kit from the plumbing department at Walmart, cut about 2x the length of the engine oil dipstick, and then marked somewhere in the middle (by laying dipstick side by side with the length of tubing) just so I had a "guide" of when the tubing should "hit" oil :)
I then drew up on the syringe, and up came with dark oil....
I'm thinking/hoping a similar process will work for my a413 transmission......it may work for you too :) I don't see why not...?
The ONLY thing I'm "unsure" of.....and kind of confused with, is we check the ATF level with the engine idling in park.....I'm assuming I should not siphon the ATF with the engine on, right? :P Granted, there's no "load" on the engine, but surely could be moving parts in there ;) Just a thought I had.....with the engine oil dipstick, you bet your behind the engine was off :)
I drove it home from work, shut the car off, came back 10 minutes later (let the oil drain back to the pan+ had a fear of melting the plastic tube in the dipstick tube LOL), and set up the little siphon action. Took 2 syringe pumps to get the recommended 4 oz. for my oil analysis for Blackstone Labs.
Mmy first try for the engine oil was the "Pennzoil" branded Siphon Pump from walmart, for like $2.39 but I followed the same procedure....warmed up the car on the ride home to get the oil to operating temp and to burn off any possible fuel or water/coolant dilution from sitting overnight, marked the siphon pump/tube with sharpie where the dipstick ends, and it would only go maybe half way down the dipstick tube.....my thought was that perhaps the sipon hose was too "flimsy" - cause yea, it almost felt like it was hitting an obstruction.....BUT, the thicker/stronger PEERLESS Ice Maker/Humidifier Installation Kit Line (25 ft. of 1/4" in O.D. UPC 039166112876). But yea, the only "prep" it took, was I measured out basically "two times" the length of my dipstick of line, snipped it off with pliers, at about a 45 degree angle (some article/site I read, either here, or BITOG.....likely) said it would be a "good idea" for some reason to have the less than 90 degree "snip" at the end....no idea why really, but eh, it did work; just do it. OH, the hardest part was flattening/unraveling the tubing. Since it comes rolled in a 5" "roll" within the bag, it took a bit of fanagling to get it "straightened up".
But yea, this was used for the ENGINE oil.....I'm thinking the similar method would work with the ATF :)
I don't think I'd suggest using aquarium tubing though! Methinks the aquarium tubing may be waaaayyy too thin for the hot engine oil.....and way too flimsy....likely run into the same problem I had with the first attempt with the siphon pump, I "looked at" some aquarium tubing, and it just seemed too squishy and thin. The ice maker kit line is a little more "thick"....