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      06-24-2013, 12:51 AM   #1
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Engine Oil Sampling Procedure?

I want to send an oil sample to blackstone without changing the oil. Since we don't have a dipstick and they dont recommend taking a sample from the beginning of a drain would I be able to undo the filter and use the oil inside for a sample? Or am I going to make a huge mess?

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I used a turkey baster and sampled out of the oil filter housing.

No. I didn't try to sneak it back into the kitchen afterward. Bought one specifically for the purpose.
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I just let it drain and fill the container in the middle. Makes a small mess but nothing that's not manageable.
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I want to send an oil sample to blackstone without changing the oil. Since we don't have a dipstick and they dont recommend taking a sample from the beginning of a drain would I be able to undo the filter and use the oil inside for a sample? Or am I going to make a huge mess?
Get it from the oil drain, during the middle. Just move quick and you'll be fine.
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Read closer... "without changing the oil". I'm interested in this as well since my dealer tech forgot to get my sample at last change (and got seriously scolded by my SA). If you sample out of the oil filter housing, is that going to be accurate?
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Read closer... "without changing the oil". I'm interested in this as well since my dealer tech forgot to get my sample at last change (and got seriously scolded by my SA). If you sample out of the oil filter housing, is that going to be accurate?

This one is from sampling from the oil filter housing. Nothing unusual compared to my samples from the oil drain.

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did anyone read the OP's question? I don't think he's looking to drain the oil.

Op take from the oil filter housing, it won't make a mess at all.
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did anyone read the OP's question? I don't think he's looking to drain the oil.

Op take from the oil filter housing, it won't make a mess at all.
Thank you sir. Ill admit I did ninja edit after the first reply . Sorry for any confusion gents.

I was able to get in touch with black stone and they said that sampling from the initial drain would be okay but make sure to note to them. But they also tell you to note if it comes from the filter as well...
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Talk about perfect timing! I just got my test kit today and was wondering how to get a sample without pulling the plug.
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Talk about perfect timing! I just got my test kit today and was wondering how to get a sample without pulling the plug.
Easier to sample at oil changes and kill two birds with one stone
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Easier to sample at oil changes and kill two birds with one stone
This. Wouldnt that be preferred anyway as you would want to see the quality of the oil after it has been fully used? Wouldnt sampling oil that has been recently changed kind of defeat the purpose of the analysis?
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This. Wouldnt that be preferred anyway as you would want to see the quality of the oil after it has been fully used? Wouldnt sampling oil that has been recently changed kind of defeat the purpose of the analysis?
Blackstone recommends at least 500 - 1000 miles to get a relevant sample. From my understanding there is an additional charge to test the actual quality of the oil.
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There is nothing wrong with sending a sample in partway through the oil change interval; it will help you gauge how much longer the oil could stay in service. Wouldn't you rather know at 5,000 miles about coolant getting into the oil than at 15,000 (or whenever you change it)?

It's also for the OCD folks who just want to have lots of data, like me.
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