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Re: Oil change on my Atomic 4
We have replaced the pan drain plug with a fitting and a hose that leads up to the top of the block. It's got a plastic plug on the end of it.
For oil changes we simply connect the vacuum extractor to that hose (1/2", not the skinny tube that goes down the dipstick) and all the oil is out in 20 seconds or so. Since it pulls from the bottom of the pan you're much more likely to get the bulk of it.
The hose loops up alongside the block and stores near the injector header until we need it. Works great.
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