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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old March 28th, 2013, 08:24   #1
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This is my first car and in the past I have always changed my own oil in my trucks. What are you guys doing to change your oil? Top side or bottom? If bottom, how are you lifting the car, with ramps, etc and are you lifting all four tires. If top side, what do you recommend for an extractor?
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Old March 28th, 2013, 08:29   #2
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Plenty of threads here already about this. Do top or bottom whichever you prefer. What ever you lift with the car needs to be level to drain properly. Pela seems to be the prefered device for extraction.

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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:55   #3
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Top extraction with a pela 6000 pump is my preferred method.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 13:51   #4
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Where are you dumping your used oil?
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Old March 28th, 2013, 13:53   #5
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The closest storm drain , naturally!
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Old March 28th, 2013, 13:58   #6
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I dump mine at WalMart or any of the Jiffy places. Seems like there was some legislation that required them to accept used oil from anyone. I don't know if it was only local/state/national though.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 15:17   #7
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Around here, alot of the shops use waste oil for heating and they are more than glad to take my used oil!
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Old March 28th, 2013, 18:56   #8
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^ YUP! My buddy uses a waste oil heater at his shop. Neat!

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I've done my own 10K and 20K changes on the NMS. At 10K I pulled the plug first and went topside with my Pela to see what was left. I can tell you you're not going to get much more than a couple of ounces (if that) out of the filter housing and pan. I decided to go bottom side only on the 20K.

I experimented the other way around several years ago with my Golf. I did topside first, putting the Pela tube all the way to the pan, then getting everything I could out of the filter housing and cooler. After I got every bit I could, I then dropped the plug. I'd say 1/3 quart was left.

So, IMHO, if you have to pick one, go bottom side for maximum oil removal. Why fight gravity?

Regarding oil disposal, Delaware has free oil collection stations at the many recycling centers all over the state. Free service (well, after your tax money pays for it of course).
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Here in IL, anyplace selling motor oil has facilities for collecting it (and this may be the law). All I do is take my used oil jug in and they have a tank in back at Auto Zone, Advance, or O'Reilly. Sometimes you have to take it back and empty it yourself (take paper towels or rags!) and sometimes they do it for you. Their attitude tends to be better if you buy your new oil there.
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