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« on: September 24, 2005, 03:13:29 PM »
2 Guides to an oil change that were given to me, Thanx to "Nissan_4_Eva" and "TurboRunner" :

(best done on flat level surface.. that doesn't matter if it gets an oil stain on)

1)jack car up (not from the back lol)
2)open bonnet, remove oil filler cap
3)prepare oil catching apparatus and position accordingly
4)undo sump plug and get oil all over fingers (and face,and clothes,and concrete)
5)fill up specialist oil catching apparatus.  
6)you may lower jack to get every last dribble of oil out
7)raise jack and put sump plug back in!!. dont overtighten
8)If you want to change the filter nows the time to do it. its also a messy shi tty job, but relatively easy. turn it anti-clockwise to undo. if its stuck.. your in deep s hit haha. then clean o-ring surface. put smear of new oil around new filter o-ring and replace (once again dont overtighten)
9)fill engine with new oil through oil fill . without filter you'll need approx 3.8 litres... and with filter ypu'll need 4.2 litres. put in about 3 - 3.5 litres and then do 100ml at a time checking the dipstick each fill.

easy>???? to watch someone do it is MUCH easier than explaining over the net.

things to look for in old oil; metal/aluminium (oh o  ), a real milky/frothy oil colour/texture (hmm... so thats where my waters going) and a tar/licorice texture is also a bad sign - means it aint never been changed  (well aint changed in a loooonng looonng time)

 so there you have it. my totally un-technical oil-changing method.

Its easy

Tools you might need,
Socket wrench with correct size socket for drain plug.
Oil Filter Wrench
Oil catch pan or old oil container and cut one of the sides open to make a catch pan.
Car Ramps or other means of lifting front of car up
Tarp to cover driveway from oil spillage

1st. Run you car to normal operating temperature.

2nd setup your worksite lay your tarp over driveway where your motor will be over. Then put your car ramps in place where your front wheels will drive up on if your using car ramps.
Then drive onto your car ramps or other means of lifting front of car up to get under the motor.(you'll find that your oil pan has a slope to the drain plug so you can keep it level or on the Ramps(I use Car Ramps to lift front up to get under the car)

2nd. Get in your old cloths or cloths u dont mind getting dirty
if its your first time you might get some oil over you.

3rd. Open the filler cap as i think it helps to speed up the draining process.

4th. Place Oil Catcher under drain plug and undo the plug and let oil drain completely out of the engine(i find that if you holdup the oil catcher directly under the drain plug while you unscrew the plug you wont spill anything as you will find it pours outwards not directly down at first.

5th while its draining use you Oil Filter Wrench and undo your oil filter and drain the filter into oil catcher.

6. Once Drained Do up Drain Plug.

7 now get your new Oil Filter get a little bit of oil and spreadit around the rubber seal then screw the filter by hand untill gasket contacts then tighten with oilfilter wrench to a minimum 2/3 to 3/4 turn after gasket contact.

8 Now put the funnel in oil fuller hole and pour your new oil into engine (have quick check under oil drain plug to make sure its not leaking)while keeping an eye on the dipstick to make sure you don't over fill the engine. once filled put filler cap on.

9 Then Start the Engine and check for Oil Leaks.

10 Now its cleanup time Empty the oil catcher into an empty oil container and take it to an oil bin. and put all your tools away.

Well thats pretty much it if you want to use Engine Flush and other stuff there are instructions on the pack.

If i've missed anything please add what ive missed




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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2005, 09:05:43 PM »
Hmmmmm...couple of useful tips worth adding...rubber surgical gloves, keeps ya paws clean. AND, caution when using ramps if your rides been lowered (verrrrrrry hard to get up ramps). AND, if using an empty oil container cut open as a catch tray, make sure it's a 5 litre container (gets reeaaaal messy if it aint)...I also put a couple of litres of new 'cheapo' oil thru the motor to help flush out the remnants of the old oil (of course a flushing agent would also do the job)...AND, for those stubborn hard to remove oil filters, I grab me mate 'Big Stanley' (screwdriver) and hammer him thru the filter and twist...old backyard 'tip'...:D


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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2005, 11:24:23 PM »
That's fairly thorough dude...Couple of extra hints:
1. Rubber surgical gloves...great for keeping the 'paws' clean.
2. Be REAL careful when using ramps if your ride has been lowered.
3. If you use an old (empty) oil container as a catch tray, make sure that it is a  
    5 litre container...gets REAL messy if you use a 4 litre one.
4.  AND for those stubborn oil filters I use my little friend 'Stanley Senior'   (screwdriver) hammered thru the filter as a lever.  Old backyard trick  ;)


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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2005, 10:42:01 AM »
nice...but u forgot to prime the oil filter :)


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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2005, 06:58:26 PM »
Quote from: ilusiv1
nice...but u forgot to prime the oil filter :)
not 100% necessary as the time it takes to reach a safe oil pressure level with a good quality oil is just over a second on most RB engines. BUT... its a very good habbit to get into... so is disconnecting the plug on the outlet side of your ignitor to gain oil pressure BEFORE actually kicking her in the guts.


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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2005, 07:01:41 PM »
One little hint to also remember....
Pull the dipstick out and remove oil filler cap when draining the oil... lets it drain faster, also, dont put the sump plug in untill after you have removed the oil filter and fitted the new one (if you are doing this). WHY? It will release a small airlock in an oil gallery and youll find it will drain more oil out through the sump plug... also a handy trick on MOST cars :)


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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2005, 08:53:22 PM »
before putting your new filter on, dip your finger (in gloves) in the new oil container and wipe this around the seal on the oil filter - don't use the old oil (think about that one)

yep def warm the car to allow the oil to flow easier out, but make sure it isn't too hot or the undoing of the sump plug will become very painful


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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2005, 08:39:11 PM »
i find it easier if you remove the sump plug before you take the filler cap off. that way the oil is coming out slower when your trying to get the plug out. :)