Getting ready for summer means getting ready to haul out your boat. Your jet ski. Your ATV. Your Ducati. Your pimp-mo-convertible. And your Hydro-Turf Oil Extractor to change their oil. While the company's contraption looks a little like a fitness/torture device, its actual duty is to suck out up to 6 liters (1.57 gallons) of old oil from engines to make the DIY changing process a simple one. Reviewers are generally in agreement that it performs this task respectably, even on larger recreational toys and cars.
According to Hydro-Turf, several strokes of the Oil Extractor's pump will create a vacuum strong enough to "neatly capture" a vat of oil in its container. While one reviewer noted that when he tried out the device on a car using 7 liters of 5w-30 synthetic oil it took 4 hours to extract the oil, others were quick to point out that the oil needs to be heated (i.e., from driving the car) for the Extractor to work efficiently. Another Hydro-Turf owner included his own step-by-step oil change process on his 2010 VW Jetta. He drove his car "until it reached normal temp (not the 5 minutes suggested in instructions)", inserted the extractor hose into the dipstick tube, and began pumping. From start to finish, including refilling with new oil, replacing the filter and dipstick, and cleaning the Extractor, he says the oil change took no more than 20 minutes.