Tip & How-To about Miscellaneous
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.
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.
Posted by Magesh on
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