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Doing first DIY oil change. WOOOOOOAH!

JJ.Foulds Apr 15, 2014

  1. JJ.Foulds

    JJ.Foulds Well-Known Member

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    So im going to do my first ever oil change! WOOOOAHHHH.
    Im sure this is a standard thing to most but im ready for it!

    Iv watched this video, and im just wondering if theres any tips or tricks to doing this smoothy or to watch out for.
    iv got a socket set and torx so all should be good!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp6yFmzwhEU

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. MrLapou

    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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    Video covers it all.
    Have loads newspapers down to capture any spills.
    Ensure oil is warm.
    Only nip up the sump plug. New copper washer not needed.
     
  3. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    Just done mine tonight after work, takes all of 15 min's really.

    The only thing that he doesn't mention is that you need to check the final oil level when the car is on the ground not with the front raised. Do as it states stick 4.5 L in, run the car then top up when the car is on the floor.
     
  4. JJ.Foulds

    JJ.Foulds Well-Known Member

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    so i should run the car to what temp before emptying? a normal 90?
     
  5. Geraldy212

    Geraldy212 Sportback owner

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    If you are using a multi-viscosity oil, such as 10W40 for example, this indicates that the oil is more liquid at cold temperatures than it would be at the normal engine temperature of 90. I believe that it is then better to drain the old oil when it is cold, rather then when it is hot. Anyway, that is what I do. Some folk use a flushing (low viscosity) oil to clean out the engine before putting in the new. Have not tried this so far. Good luck.
     
  6. wuta3

    wuta3 Well-Known Member

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    Also, if you are changing oil filter, prepare for tons of oil to pour out even though you drained the sump.
     
  7. Tom5190

    Tom5190 Active Member

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    10w40 means the oil is thickest when cold.
     
  8. c_w

    c_w Well-Known Member

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    Definitely change the oil when it's warm, it doesn't flow as easily when cold, although I have done an oil change before with cold oil (on the assumption that as the engine has stood the oil has fully drained to the bottom) but it just didn't drain half as well out of the sump.
     
  9. JJ.Foulds

    JJ.Foulds Well-Known Member

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    Shud i give it a good drive beforehand? or just run on idle?
     
  10. MrLapou

    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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    Idle will be just fine. 5 mins. Then leave for a few mins so oil can settle.
    If doing it on a drive or porous surface be sure to cover all areas with plastic sheet or 2 layers newspapers.
     

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