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Best Oil Extractors: Drain Old Oil Neatly and Efficiently

Get the old oil out without getting your pants dirty

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BY Evan Williams / LAST UPDATED ON October 6, 2021

What maintenance does your vehicle need most often? Oil changes. Changing your oil can be a dirty and frustrating process. You lift the vehicle, move some splash shields, pull the drain plug that the last guy rounded off, and then spill oil all over your garage floor. Take it to the mechanic and you can be talking big bucks. With an oil extractor, you can take the oil out through the dipstick tube. It’s quicker, it’s easier, and, maybe most importantly, it’s cleaner. Here are our favorite oil extractors to help make a messy job a lot easier.

Best Overall
EWK Fluid Extractor Pump
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Summary
Summary

An extractor that lets you use both powered pneumatic and manual pump modes. It also comes with multiple sizes of hoses to fit a wider range of vehicles and other applications

Pros
Pros
  • 1.8 liter per minute speed
  • Included tubes of various diameters ensure no oil is left behind
  • Comes with a valve and a safety cap
Cons
Cons
  • Tubes are difficult to replace if they break
  • Hand pumping takes much longer than air
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EWK Fluid Extractor Pump
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Air Power America 5060ts Topsider
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Summary
Summary

Just 40 pumps is enough for a full oil change in the average gas engine

Pros
Pros
  • Compact footprint
  • Metal container for durability
  • Doesn’t need to be pumped continuously
Cons
Cons
  • Doesn’t have a drain spout, which can get messy
  • Overtightening the lid can leave a poor seal
Best Value
Air Power America 5060ts Topsider
Honorable Mention
Hydro-Turf Oil Extractor
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Summary
Summary

This unit starts off small, and the pump is removable making it even more portable. Pressure reservoir means no continuous pumping

Pros
Pros
  • Large reservoir in a small size
  • Just a dozen pumps are enough to get you started on extracting
Cons
Cons
  • Pump is a friction fit, so you need to hold it in place during extraction
Honorable Mention
Hydro-Turf Oil Extractor
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Best Overall
EWK Fluid Extractor Pump

Some of the oil extractors on this list use a hand pump, while others use compressed air. This one can use either. In the garage and changing oil? Turn on the air compressor and get that oil out in a hurry. Don’t want to wake the family on a quiet Sunday morning? Away from the garage changing oil in your powersports equipment like a boat or a snowmobile? Use the manual pump handle and get that oil out anywhere silently.


The extractor can hold up to 6.5 liters of oil and pull it out as quickly as 1.8 liters per minute, meaning a modern car can take just a couple of minutes to drain. A sealing cap (with safety lock) keeps the oil inside, while the spout is designed to make it easy to empty. The kit comes with interchangeable tubes to fit different size dipstick tubes and longer length tubes for harder to reach places. This extractor works with other automotive fluids including coolant and gear oil, but shouldn’t be used for gasoline.

Specs:
  • Brand: EWK
  • Model: EB0103
  • Weight: 6.44 pounds

Pros:

  • Manual or air-powered
  • 6.5-liter capacity
  • High flow rate

Cons:

  • Hand-pumping takes a lot more time
  • Tubes can break
  • Extraction tubes can be hard to replace
Best Value
Air Power America Topsider Fluid Removing System

It looks small, but this extractor can hold up to eight quarts. That’s enough for a full change in most cars and trucks without having to drain and refill. The Topsider has a 12-inch base that’s big enough to make sure it’s stable as you pump, but it won’t leave you scrambling for somewhere in your engine bay it can sit. Pump up the vacuum pump system, stick the hose into the dipstick hose or fluid reservoir, and open the valve. It will fill itself with your used oil in about 8-10 minutes.


That’s right — you don’t need to pump it the whole time. About 40 pumps is all it will take. Like many of these extractors, you may need to buy other tubing to fit your dipstick if it’s not a standard size, something that affects a small number of vehicles. This unit uses commonly available 5/16th hose, so a replacement or a different size and an adaptor are as close as your nearest hardware store. A steel holding tank, steel pump, and leather piston means a long-life and plenty of fluid changes down the road.

Specs:

  • Brand: Air Power America
  • Model: 5060TS
  • Weight: 5.45 pounds

Pros:

  • Compact footprint
  • Doesn’t need continuous pumping
  • Steel container

Cons:

  • Comes with one size extractor tube
  • Pump removal required to drain
  • Overtightening cap can cause sealing problems
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Hydro-Turf Oil Extractor

Another vacuum pressure-powered pump, this little rig offers impressive sucking power. Around a dozen pumps on the handle is enough to get most of your engine oil out, with a few more pumps needed once you get to around two-thirds full. A series of lines on the side of the container make it easy to see just how much oil you’ve extracted (and how much is left).


The pump and pressure sphere come apart quickly, and are attached using a friction fit rather than screwing in. Great for putting it away for storage or carrying the container over to your oil storage container, it does mean that users need to hold the pump and base securely during the upstroke of the pump handle. Otherwise the two can come loose and you can damage the pump or make a big mess of oil. This is a compact oil extractor, especially if you’ve removed the pump part, but it can still hold up to 6 liters of oil or other lubricant from your car, boat, or motorcycle.

Specs:
  • Brand: Hydro-Turf
  • Model: PL-6000
  • Weight: 3.6 pounds

Pros:

  • Small size
  • Removable pump
  • Just a dozen pumps get flow started

Cons:

  • You need to hold the pump in place at all times
  • Pump seal can tear
  • Overpumping can collapse container
Best for Extraction and Filling
Mityvac 7201 Fluid Evacuator Plus

Mityvac is one of the biggest names in automotive fluid extractors, and this is one of the biggest products in the segment. In this case, we mean that literally, since the 7201 will hold 8.7 liters of oil, coolant, transmission fluid, or whatever else you’re pumping from your ride.


Though it’s large, it uses a manual pump, but the long-travel pump means less up and down work to get your oil out of your vehicle. The reservoir is see-through so you can tell when it’s getting close to full, but it also offers an automatic flow control valve that will stop it from overfilling if you aren’t watching.


One other perk of this extractor is that it can be used to add fluids as well as remove them. Press a button and you can pump differential and transmission fluids into tough to reach places without the need to run a hose and a funnel around the oily bits of your car or truck instead of just removing them. Though you might want a second unit for that, to avoid fluid contamination or loads of cleaning. A quick-drain pour spout is available when you’re done extracting and ready for disposal.

Specs:
  • Brand: Mityvac
  • Model: 7201
  • Weight: 11.88 pounds

Pros:

  • Large 8.7-liter capacity
  • Convenient automatic flow control
  • Visible reservoir

Cons:

  • Included tubes might be too short for some vehicles
  • More expensive than average
  • Friction fittings from dipstick tube to extractor tube not completely secure
Best for Less Mess
OEM Tools Manual Liter Extractor

The oversize hand pump is just the start of the handy features on the OEM Tools oil extractor. A 5.3-liter reservoir means plenty of capacity for oil and other automotive fluids. Quick-connect fittings make it easy to swap out your drain tubes for smaller or larger diameter tubes, while a press fit hose assembly and a threaded cap makes it easy to install and remove the main suction hose from the pump itself for storage or oil disposal. Fitting those drain tubes is the only assembly required, this extractor is otherwise ready to go right out of the box.


A 5-foot hose lets you put the extractor on the ground for easy pumping from your car, though it might not quite reach high enough for a pickup. In that case, you can use easily available 1/4-inch tubing to make a hose as long as you need. An automatic shut-off valve stops the flow when the reservoir is full, so you don’t need to worry about pulling too much oil and making a mess on your garage floor. 

Specs:
  • Brand: OEM Tools
  • Model: 24389
  • Weight: 6.24 pounds

Pros:

  • Large handle
  • Quick-connect hoses
  • Large reservoir

Cons:

  • Included tubes might be too short for large trucks
  • Top can’t be removed for full cleaning
  • Narrow base can be wobbly
Best Electric Option
Performance Tool W54170 12V Extraction Pump

Don’t want to hand-pump, but don’t have compressed air either? This pump uses a 12V electric motor to pull the oil from your crankcase and put it in your used oil container quickly and quietly. Just hook the included alligator clips to your vehicle battery and the pump starts running. It’s self-priming, so you don’t need to worry that the oil is way down in the dipstick tube.


Once up and running, the pump can remove up to three quarts of oil per minute, with no work from you. It can remove other automotive fluids, though thicker fluids like gear oil will take longer to extract. It can even be used for diesel fuel, though we wouldn’t recommend using it with gasoline. The pump includes two long tubes to run from your dipstick tube to the pump and from the pump to your oil storage container. It even includes a pair of screw-type hose clamps for extra security and to make it easy to swap lines.

Specs:
  • Brand: Performance Tool
  • Model: W54170
  • Weight: 2.1 pounds

Pros:

  • Electric motor
  • Can pump most automotive fluids
  • Self-priming

Cons:

  • Slow to pump thicker fluids
  • Needs 12V power
  • Must be monitored so you don’t overfill or pump dry

How We Selected Oil Extractors

When picking the best oil extraction systems, we looked at features, price, and ergonomics. A tiny pump handle and a long pump piston aren’t going to make the cut because they’re fragile and hard to use. We looked for safety features like automatic overflow protection, stable bases, and either secure lids or lids that don’t come off at all to help prevent spills. See-through sides are appreciated so you can tell how much fluid has come out, but we also understand that a metal container is important for durability in rough environments or extreme temperatures.

Our product selections, rankings, and awards for this story are based on research. While we haven’t conducted real-world testing on all of these products yet, we’ve looked at consumer testimonials and data, tutorials, and general discussions on social media and in forums. We also consider price and specification in the context of the segment. And, of course, we rely on our institutional knowledge of the automotive landscape to weed out weak products.

Buying Guide/What to Look For 

Types of Oil Extractors

Manual

These work by making you pump a handle. Some pump up ahead of time and let the built-up vacuum do the work, while others make you pump and suck up fluid with each stroke. Either way, it’s you doing the work. A manual pump is great because it can be used almost anywhere, in the garage, on the jobsite, or at the off-grid cottage. Ideal for occasional use, you probably won’t want to use a manual pump for daily fluid changes.

Pneumatic

Pneumatic extractors use compressed air to operate their pumps. While this means no pumping for you, it means that you need to have a large compressed air source. A small compressor usually won’t do, you need one of the big ones. Great for everyday shop and professional use, you need to be within an air line’s length of the compressor to use one of these types of pumps, making them useless outside of the garage.

Electrical

A 12V pump needs electricity, but that can come from the battery of the vehicle you’re draining. Commonly used (and permanently installed) in boats for ease of service, they are also great for car and truck use. Because they use small electric pumps (because of 12V power), these can struggle with larger quantities of fluid or thicker fluids.

Key Features

Portability 

Most of these pumps are small enough to drag around your yard or shop, but if you need something really compact, or one that can fit in the back of your pickup, then look toward the squat and round pumps on the list. Cylindrical pumps are taller, though don’t always offer much more capacity. And if you’re going to be away from power and air, then a manual pump is a must.

Safety 

Look for safety features to ensure that you have a clean extraction process. Features like a flow control valve and automatic shut-off for immediately stopping the flow of oil and making sure your extractor doesn’t overflow. Another good feature is a suction pipe that directs the oil from the engine to the disposal container (instead of having to pour out the oil) to prevent accidental spills. 

Reservoir Size  

Look for a pump that has a reservoir big enough to hold all of the oil that you need to extract. Sizes typically range from 5-10 liters. Most cars hold around five liters of oil, with trucks and SUVs holding more and diesel engines holding the most. A quick check of your owner’s manual should tell you your engine’s capacity.  You’ll probably want one that can hold your engine’s full capacity plus a quart or two, but since you can empty these out, it’s not a necessity. Keep in mind that the bigger the capacity, the less portable it will become. 

Tips

  • When buying an extractor, always consider safety, reservoir size, convenience, and portability. This will ensure that you get the best fit for your vehicle.
  • Since it can be hard to know which extractor is the best for your car, check independent reviews by customers as well as the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Warm oil is thinner and pumps more easily. Run your engine for a few minutes to warm up the oil and make your pumping work quicker and easier.

FAQs

Q: Why should I buy an oil extractor?

An oil extraction pump is a great way to get the old oil out of your engine without having to get under your vehicle to loosen and replace the drain plug. It’s also a great way to remove oil from other engines like a boat, lawnmower, ATV, or motorcycle with less effort and less mess. These pumps will also work with other automotive fluids that are hard to drain like transmissions, differentials, and even engine coolant.

Q: Is an extractor as good as drain-plug draining?

In short, yes. Using an extractor pump, and making sure the tube reaches the bottom of the oil pan, extracts oil just as well as draining through the oil drain plug. If you aren't confident and want to make sure you're getting the most oil possible, you can park your vehicle on a slight hill with the dipstick on the lower side. If you're still not sure, pop the drain plug afterward —  we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Q: Will an oil extractor pump hurt my engine?

No. Suctioning the oil out of your engine should not damage your engine. You're using a small amount of suction or vacuum, not even enough to collapse the drain tube. If you want to make doubly sure you're not applying too much pressure to your engine, unscrew the oil fill cap to make sure that the pressure can equalize inside and out.

Final Thoughts

We picked the EWK Fluid Extractor Pump as our top choice. We like that it offers a pneumatic mode if you’re in your shop and have compressed air, but it also offers a hand pump so that you can use it virtually anywhere. The multiple sizes of oil extraction tube just makes work easier come fluid change time.