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Old 09-21-2012, 07:42 AM
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Want a decent Fluid Pump

Does anyone own a Mityvac MV6400? I want one specifically for filling transmission and differential oil. It doesn't really need to do anything else.



I am getting older and more and more tired of cheap, messy fluid pumps and I would like something nicer and more fun to use.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:45 AM
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How much are they?

Looks nice.

Randy made his own, using a normal jug. He just watches the aboutit bulges to control the pressure.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:54 AM
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$133 from Amazon I guess.

I am curious if a regular garden pressure sprayer with a modified hose could do it, albeit very slowly.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:00 AM
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Go to NAPA. You can get a pump for under $10 and they work great. I got mine from Amsoil. It screws right on the bottle and goes right back in the small box when done. Don't drop over a hundred on something that will do the job better for 10.

To see what I am talking about, scroll to the bottom of this page.

https://www.amsoil.com/a/synthetic-gear-oil
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Thet famous store for fine tools...Harbor Freight...sells a hand pump thar will "suck and blow" for about $5
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:33 AM
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I have used various ~$10 hand / transfer pumps for years and I am not pleased with them. Want something better.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:59 PM
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$133 from Amazon I guess.

I am curious if a regular garden pressure sprayer with a modified hose could do it, albeit very slowly.
That's what I did at the shop. I bought a $10 sprayer from Home Depot, unscrewed the spray adjuster tip, and took a piece of fuel hose and screwed it on the end and secured it with a tie strap. Works fine for ATF and Manual Trans Fluids. We have drums for the gear oil for the diff. so I haven't tried that. It is a little slow, but we don't have the need for it a lot. I looked at the Mityvac, but determined that I would purchase one when I saw I was using my sprayer enough to justify the purchase. The sprayer has been in use for over a year now in a shop environment and still holding up.
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I bought that exact model, likely off Amazon, just before leaving Ohio. I used it for the first time one (1) week ago today, putting some coolant into Sue's decorator's Land Rover. It worked great for that, but like you, I wanted if for the differentials (that I have to refill while on the car) and xmsns.

The plastic jug is substantial, the fittings look to be of decent quality and the hose is slinky-slinky__NOT stiff at all. I'd say it wins on all marks.

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How much are they?

Looks nice.

Randy made his own, using a normal jug. He just watches the amount it bulges to control the pressure.
I just felt that one day, I'd crank that regulator handle a quarter turn the wrong way, and have a hell of a mess to clean up...

Edit: I'm thinking that I paid waaay less than $133.00 for it though, and that's probably "why" I bought it before moving, instead of having one (1) less thing to pack and move; it must've been on sale.
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I use the Sta-Lube fluid pump http://www.crcindustries.com/ei/cont...aspx?PN=SL4344
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:29 AM
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Those pumps are okay, depending on how often you need to use them, but for filling up a trans, that's A LOT of pumping (while holding the bottle in your other hand).

Depending on the value of your time (remember, Jon's an aerospace engineer) the cost of a premium fluid transfer pump that's made for years of severe service, really isn't so bad.
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I agree, but I would want two, and close to $300 is a LOT of pumping.
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What is used to clean or flush a pump, when switching transmission fluid and diff oil?
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Alternative with slightly better price....
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-Z3-M_Co...ain/ES2207920/
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http://www.tooltopia.com/lincoln-lubrication-615.aspx

Didn't really think of this until I serviced the trans the other day. I use this for manual trans fills and rear ends that we aren't using bulk gear oil in. Just hang upside down over a drain bucket after using and gravity will take care of the residual fluid for you. The one from ECS does look like a nice alternative to the MityVac. Just might break down and purchase one for use at the shop. Just thought of this other affordable, low mess option.
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