How to Use an Oil Extractor, Important Tips

using an oil extractor to change engine oil
using an oil extractor to change engine oil

Extracting engine oil is usually more convenient than draining it, but only if you know how to use an oil extractor the right way. That includes knowing what works, what doesn’t, and the rules when operating the extractor. This section details the process to change engine oil when using an oil extractor. I will also provide tips to ensure effective oil siphoning on different engines.

How to Use an Oil Extractor

Oil extractor pumps exist in many different types and designs. That means different methods to use them and different oil extraction processes. Here, I will describe the steps to use the three types of extractors; manual oil extractor, pneumatic oil extractor, and electric oil extractor. This will provide you with the information that you need when operating one.

Here is how to change oil with an oil extractor.

Things needed

  • New engine oil
  • New oil filter
  • Your oil extractor tool
  • A piece of cloth or towel to wipe spills
  • Air compressor if using an air-operated oil extractor

Step 1 Warm the Oil

  • Start by running the engine for 5 minutes then allowing it to cool a little. This is necessary to warm the oil. Cold oil is more viscous and difficult to remove using an oil extractor
  • Warming the oil also allows the sediments to mix and come out with the oil
  • After the engine has cooled, open the hood to start the oil extraction process

Step 2 Insert the Oil Extractor Tube

  • Open the oil filled cap and remove the dipstick
  • Select the extraction tube to use. There will usually be several of different sizes
  • Insert the extraction tube into the dipstick tube and lower it until it touches the bottom of the oil sump. The depth may vary depending on your type of vehicle but usually varies between 2 and 3 feet

Step 3 Connect the Extractor

  • With the extraction tube in place, connect the oil extractor unit to it. Ensure that you’re using the correct connect method based on the type of extractor
  • Some extractors use an extension tube between the inlet and extraction problem. If yours uses one, connect it at this time
  • If you’re using an electric oil extractor pump, connect the discharge tube at this point. Connect the extractor to the battery as well.
  • For pneumatic extractors, connect the source of compressed air to it

Step 4 Start the Oil Extractor

  • With the extraction tube in the engine and connected to the extractor, you’re now ready to siphon oil
  • If using a manual extractor, pull the handle to the highest point and pump it about 30 times. This will build up enough vacuum to suck up oil automatically. Repeat the process until all the oil has been removed.
  • For a pneumatic oil extractor, that means turning the handle to let in compressed air and power the pumping mechanism.
  • If using an electric oil extractor, press the “ON/OFF” button.
  • Allow the extractor to suck up oil until the tube makes a gurgling sound or if you see bubbles appear inside the tube.
  • Move the extraction tube around the oil sump to ensure that it removes as much oil as possible.

Step 5 Stop the Extractor

  • Once you’re done extracting oil, stop pumping your manual extractor and release the pressure via the pressure release valve.
  • For pneumatic extractor, turn the handle in the opposite direction to stop the flow of air
  • If using an electric extractor, press the “ON/OF” button to stop it from running and disconnect the cables from the battery
  • Disconnect the inlet or extraction tube. Remove the tube from the dipstick and use a rag to wipe off oil
  • You are now done with removing oil.
  • Pour the extracted oil into a disposable container.

Step 6 Replace Motor Oil and Oil Filter

  • Add new oil into the engine using the appropriate procedure
  • Replace the oil filter as well. Use the recommended tools and process
  • Lastly clean the oil extractor and store it safely

proper use of oil extractors extends their lifespans
proper use of oil extractors extends their lifespans

Important Tips on How to Use an Oil Extractor

Oil extractors are generally simple to use. However, operating them the wrong way can bring problems. These range from jamming to spills, and even damage. To ensure a safe and convenient process, check out the below tips on how to use an oil extractor.

1. Avoid extracting cold oil. Its higher viscosity will not only make the process slow and inefficient but you may also end up with a jammed extractor.

2. If using a pneumatic oil extractor pump, avoid exceeding the indicated air pressure or risk damaging the pumping mechanism.

3. Always have rags with you when using an oil extractor to take care of spills and to wipe off oil from the main tube.

4. Your oil extractor may not be large enough to contain all the oil from the engine. Have, therefore, containers on standby to hold any extra oil.

5. Do not leave oil in the oil extractor tank for any length of time after using it. Empty it into an appropriate receptacle for disposing of.

6. It’s recommended to clean your oil extractor immediately after use. Doing so prevents damage and the pump will last longer and work efficiently throughout its lifespan


Knowing how to use an oil extractor correctly ensures the proper removal of oil. It also helps you avoid damage to the unit and incurring unnecessary costs. The steps highlighted in this section are meant to ensure that. The tips too, on how to properly use the tool. In the coming chapter, you will learn how to keep your oil extractor unit in good condition including cleaning it.

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Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a writer and a content marketer who works for hand in hand with Sunbright Automotive Tools. Beforehand, Richard Johnson worked for multiple industries that had helped both small and big businesses to build better brands online through web page contents that productized services.

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