Oil change is not too bad a task
Take the car for a run to get the oil nice and warm.
Jack the front of the car up and put it on proper axle stands, not bricks
or a piece of wood. Place the axle stands on firm,level ground and make sure they are supporting a solid part of the car, not just the floor pan but something structural.
There is a plastic tray that covers the underneath of the engine, in the middle of it there is a round plastic grommet about 3" in diameter. Pull this out and behind it is the sump drain plug
. From memory you will need an 8 or 10mm allen key
to undo it.
Steal the washing up bowl from the kitchen sink or another suitable plastic container - make sure it will fit under the car and hold at least 10 litres and remember that you will never be able to use it for anything other than oil again.
Place the container under the sump and undo the drain plug. Note the drain plug is usually quite tight and can take a bit of force to undo. Most people way over tighten them. If you do this on a windy day then it's surprising how much the wind can affect the flow of oil out of the engine and make a mess of the driveway. Go and have a cup of tea while the oil drains out.
The oil filter
is at the rear of the engine and accessed from underneath. Again the oil filter
will be tight and you will probably not be able to unscrew it by hand. I use something similar to this 2pc Strap Belt Wrench Spanner OIL Filter Pipe Pump REMOVER REMOV
A bit more oil will come out when you unscrew the filter, so be prepared for it. Take the new filter and smear a bit of clean oil around the rubber gasket on it's face and screw it in. Only tighten the filter by hand. Don't strain yourself when tightening it, but it needs to be firm.
Take the sump plug bolt and give it a wipe clean with a bit of tissue and make sure there is no grit stuck around the washer. Give the sump drain hole a quick wipe. The official line is that you should replace the washer on the sump plug, but I never do. Refit the sump plug. Again, don't strain yourself in tightening it up, but it does need to be firm.
Check the manual for the required amount and type of oil. Don't buy really cheap oil but also top of the range synthetic is way overpriced for what it is. If you know someone who has a Costco card then they do oil at a reasonable price.
Drop the car off of the jacks and put about 3/4 of the oil in through the filler cap on top of the engine. Start the car and let it idle for 30 seconds - this will get the oil into the filter. Turn the car off and top up the oil checking the dispstick level until it's between the min and max marks.
Again, start the car and let it idle for 30 seconds and then turn off and recheck the level on the dipstick.
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