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2003 Volvo S60 oil and filter change

How do I change the oil and filter on my 2003 Volvo S60? Is the filter an off the shelf? What is the capacity? Where is the drain plug? Do I have to remove any parts to get to the drain? Filler cap? Any tips and advice is appreciated...

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  • dsalem1 Jun 07, 2010

    How do I change the oil and filter on my 2003 Volvo S60? Is the filter an off the shelf? What is the capacity? Where is the drain plug? Do I have to remove any parts to get to the drain? Filler cap? Any tips and advice is appreciated...I understand oil change 101, I am looking for information specific to a 2003 Volvo S60. For instance, when I look under the car, there appears to be an under-carriage and I do not see the drain plug. Does the under-carriage have to be removed? Where do I find it? Where is the oil filter? I can't see it from the top or the bottom of the engine compartment. Thanks-

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Your S60 will need about 5.5 litres.

I recommend you use a synthetic oil or synthetic blend especially if your car is a turbo. You will need to select the correct oil viscosity according to your outside temperature. The viscosity of Volvo's OEM oil is SAE 0W-30 or SAE 5W-30.


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    The oil filter is locate underneath the motor, beneath a plastic shield
    that covers the entire bottom of the engine. You must first remove all
    10mm bolts to remove the shield then use a special wrench to remove the
    plastic oil filter housing.
    Do not overtighten the housing or drain
    plug.

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You will ned 5 quarts of 5 W 20 engine oil and a filter. Auto Parts stores sells many brands of oil and filters. Purchase a name brand filter as well for the oil. Fram , AC Delco, Autolite, Quaker State, & Pennzoil are some good noted brands to buy.

The store will have a large book with all major makes and model years so you will purchase the correct filter. I always open the filter box up to match the number on the filter to the box. I did buy one once that was packaged wrong so check the numbers to match.

The engines oil pan, centered on the bottom of the engine will have a 15mm or 17mm bolt that will have to be removed to drain the oil.
I would have a drain pan to catch the spent out oil. The auto part store sells these as well. They are made of a high grade plastic resin that last a very long time and are easy to clean out with typical solvents
Upon draining the engine oil clean and check the drain bolt seal for a good seal upon installing the bolt back onto the pan. I would purchase a spare seal just in case. Wipe the oil pan clean before installing the seal & bolt back on.
Now have the drain pan under the oil filter. Get a filter wrench to remove the oil filter. It will come off counter clockwise. Clean the oil adapter sealing area off and apply a thin coat of oil to the new oil filters seal. Install by hand and tighten by hand only. A solid snug fit is all this needs. You will never get it off using an oil filter wrench to tighten next time for the seal adhieres to it so well by hand and is tough enough to remove it with a filter wrench.
Now that all is finished on the bottom portion it is time to fill up the crankcase with fresh oil. Remove the engine's oil filler cap. Have a funnel handy if needed and pour in the 5 quarts one at a time. Start the engine and run for 30 seconds. Shut off and let stand for a few minutes. Now pull out the dip stick and see it the indicator is at the full mark which it should be.

Mark somewhere the mileage and the date this job was performed for future reference

your are all done and enjoy the drive

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  • dsalem1 Jun 06, 2010

    I understand oil change 101, I am looking for information specific to a 2003 Volvo S60. For instance, when I look under the car, there appears to be an undercarriageand I do not see the drain plug. Where do I find it? Where is the oil filter? I can't see it from the top or the bottom of the engine compartment.

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