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Stuck Oil Filter - 2015 Mazda 3

For beginners, I would suggest to first start with the oil filter and then drain the oil, especially, if you have only one vehicle. If you get a stuck filter, then you can always take it to a mechanic rather than facing the prospect of filling 5 quarts of new oil with a dirty filter or calling a tow.

Resist the temptation to stab a screw driver into the oil filter and use that as a leverage. Remove the adjoining front bottom panel. It would make your job that much easier. You may be able to get enough space for a locking oil filter wrench to grab onto the cartridge. Tighten the grip by using a plier and give a heave, it may turn.

If the oil filter cartridge doesn't budge, apply nail polish remover (acetone) along the crease, where the cartridge met the vehicle body (use eye goggles & nitrile gloves) with a small brush. Then, dip a razor in acetone and try to gently force it in, around the crease. This way, some of the grime would come out and also, leave some droplets of acetone inside the interface to loosen up the rubber. Leave it for about 30-45 minutes to let the solvent do the hard work for you.

Other tips:
Lever the head out of the push fit trim clips that hold the bottom panels. It comes out easily, if you use two flat edges on opposite sides. That way, you won't damage the clips.

You need a 5/16" Hex wrench for the oil drain plug.

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I have a gmc 2005 envoy and i believe its to full in oil cause its coming out through the top the black thing is full of oil

Hi, I am a 3rd year apprentice 310s auto service technician. You are more than likely correct about your oil level being to high. During vehicle operation gases are produced inside the crankcase. For efficiency and emissions purposes a system is in place that routes these gases through the valve covers, through a hose and back into the intake manifold or air cleaner assembly. The photograph you took is of the post filter section your air cleaner assembly. If there is too much oil in the vehicle it will pool under the valve covers and trickle into the flow of gases being routed back into the intake, you'll likely be experiencing some thicker exhaust smoke especially during acceleration. I would suggest draining all your vehicles oil and removing and draining the oil filter, then refill with the specified amount found in your owners manual; you can catch and re-use the oil. Remove and clean your intake assembly as well. Now go for a quick drive on the highway to burn any oil you may not have cleaned out. Contact me if you need more specific instruction.

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What are the steps in changing the oil in a 1986 Lincoln Town Car

1) Purchase appropriate oil filter, sump drain bung washer and chosen engine oil.
2) Prepare an oil pan, sump bung wrench and oil filter removal tool (check access to oil filter to be sure that your tool is suitable.)
3) Run the engine until its warm to hot.
4) With the car jacked up and secured, remove engine oil filler cap and remove engine oil sump drain bung and allow oil to flow out into your drain pan. Keep an eye on your oil and make sure it doesn't overflow from your drain pan.

5) Refit sump bung with new washer and tighten. Do not over-tighten, and be especially careful when tightening into an alluminium sump.

6) Remove oil filter. Oil will flow out from this filter when removing, so your drain pan will need to be under the filter housing when removing.

7) Run a smear of clean engine oil around the filter rubber seal and refit new filter. Tighten hand tight only. Do NOT crank this filter super tight as you may damage the rubber seal and even the filter casing which can impede oil flow.

8) Refill engine with proper quantity of oil. If you cannot find how much oil your engine is supposed to take, then refill with the same quantity of oil which you drained out.

9) Restart the engine while checking the oil pressure warning light on the dash. The warning light may stay on for three or four seconds and then go out. If this light stays on for longer, then stop your engine and check for oil leaks at the filter body and sump drain bung.

10) Once the engine oil pressure warning light is off after starting, stop the engine and check the engine oil level (with vehicle on the flat and off any axle stands.)

11) Road test the vehicle, driving it for a mile or two before re-checking for oil leaks under the engine bay and engine oil quantity.

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How do I change the oil on my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo V6? Where do I locate everything?

You will first need the appropriate tools and equipment on hand before you start. A jack and jack stands to support your vehicle on both sides a wheel chock is always a good idea too. A drain pan to catch waste oil, An oil filter removal tool and either a wrench or ratchet and socket to remove your oil pan drain plug Don't forget your replacement oil filter and manufacturers recommended grade of oil to use. 1st rule be safe change oil when vehicle is not at full operating temp or oil may burn you. When your vehicle is raised and properly supported, open your hood, remove oil cap to allow venting, then underneath vehicle, place drain pan beneath oil pan drain plug and remove plug and set it aside. Allow oil to drain completely then reinstall drain plug and tighten without overtightening. Next place drain pan below oil filter and remove filter, install new filter (tighten by hand 1/4 turn after it feels snug (Do Not overtighten as this will destroy rubber seal and you will have a big mess on your hands) Refill oil with correct amount and weight of motor oil (see owners manual if needed) If you got any oil on vehicle I would clean it off before starting it otherwise start vehicle check for leaks, if all is good removie vehicle from jack stands and check oil level on flat ground to ensure it is full

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how do I change the oil and filter on my car?

under the vehicle you will see a plastic cover under the engine, remove the 4 13 mm bolts and drop the cover (they give you an access port but its cleaner and easier to just take the cover off) the bolt to drain the oil is also a 13mm on the bottom of the oil pan facing the ground. drain the oil, put the drain plug bolt back in and tighten, don't over tighten! the filter is located up the front of the oil pan on the passenger side, only accessible from the bottom, remove the filter let the oil drain, put some fresh oil on the rubber seal of the new filter and install, make sure to follow the directions on the filter because it will tell you how many turns to put on the filter, overtightening will make it extremely difficult to take off next time! after that, clean up any oil left on the frame and oil pan and install the plastic cover with the 4 13 mm bolts, locate the oil fill cap, remove and refill the engine with the right oil (i believe its 5w30) untill it reads full on the dipstick, put the cap back on and start the engine and let it run for about 10 seconds, shut the engine off and recheck the oil level and fill as necessary. (if you have the 4.2 i think it takes 7 quarts, check your owners manual for the oil type and capacity to be sure) remember to turn the key on with the engine off and pump the gas pedal 3 times to reset the oil life indicator after the oil change is done, hope this helps!

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