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Re: A4 belly pan is Satan's work!
be happy it's well attached. 95+ BMW M3s regularly lose theirs
because they are flimsily attached. They break off if you sneeze on
it and BMW won't replace them. Most of my fellow bimwads just leave
them off (I don't know if I ever had one on my 89 M3 but it's
definitely gone now.)
As far as suggestions, I'm not sure if you can access the oil filter
without taking the belly pan off but there is a product that sells for
about $50 that sucks the oil out the dipstick hole. it's well known
in the BMW world because it's sold by one of the bigger mailorder
places, BMP Design (www.bmpd.com, I think)- I don't know who else
sells them. It's a canister with a pump that you can use to create a
vacuum and then a tube that you slide into the dipstick tube. It
takes a while to suck out all the oil but it's not "active" time, you
could go do something else. I'm sure that if you were inventive, you
could devise something similar for less money. It may not be perfect
but it's probably a decent alternative.
sorry for the BMW mentions- but they're still my first love...
P.S. If anyone has come up with a trick to making this easier I'm