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    Oil change

    Alright guys, i m planning on changing the oil in my 1.8SRI G (2003model)

    Can anyone give me some pointers ?

    Am i right in saying the engine uses an internal oil filter (removeable), if so can this be purchased from halfords ?.

    Also what oil should i be using (in line with VX recommendations).

    Thanks for any help given.


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    when i changed the oil on my 2003 1.8SRI it was a typical external screw on oil filter just next to the pre cat. you will need some star drive bits for the sump plug. i used 10w 30 oil.
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    45 Torx bit for the ZLET sump plug, not sure if it is the same for the 1.8. Drain the oil when it's warm, and use an engine flush if the old oil is really gloopy. I always let it drain for 10-15 mins, then I remove the spark plug connector and turn the engine over for 2-3 secs. This then gets any remaining oil out before removing the oil filter and fitting new one/filling with new oil. Do this at you own risk of course, but it's always worked for me.

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    you let the engine turn over when you have alraedy drained the engine of oil ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyboy199
    you let the engine turn over when you have alraedy drained the engine of oil ?
    No problem in doing that at all - only for 2-3 secs and make sure the engines doesn't start. all it will do is get more old oil out of the bottom.

    A car will do around 30-40 miles without oil before it seizes - no recommended tho

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    yeah i do this aswell
    no harm in it really
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    sounds like a daft question but how much oil will my 1.6 16v engine take

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    Scottish_SXI my old 'aynes manual says that the 1.6 takes 3.25L of oil. what id do is put in 2.5L and then let it settle, check it, add a bit, check it add a bit etc, till the dipstick says MAX, remeber to let the oil settle to the bottom before you check and top it up.

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    cheers mate , "scotty_sxi" ? its scottish_sxi lol

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    Heres how I do my oil changes:

    go and buy some good oil (fully synthetic is preferable - but once you start using fully synthetic it is advisable NOT to change back to semi in the future.) also pick up some cheap but new oil, a can of engine flush (wynn's make this stuff its in a purple can), and don't forget to get a new sump plug 'O' ring. and dont forget the oil filter!

    Right, before you put the engine flush in the engine, get under the car and make sure that the sump bolt will undo! (nothing worse than finding you cant undo the sump bolt - happened on my mates A class!) just loosen it a bit.

    Stick in the engine flush and let the engine run on idle/fast idle for 15mins, now shut it off and drain the oil out, NB: it will be hot so go easy! and try not to drop the sump plug into the oil! go and make yourself a cup of tea, while the oil drips out.

    next, pop the sump plug back in, no need to do it up tight though. Now put a couple of litres of your new but cheap oil in, and again run the engine for 10-15mins, now drain this oil out too, it should still come out black! whilst this is draining out, go and make another cup of tea. (thirsty work this), and change your oil filter now too.

    once you have done the filter, change the 'O' ring on the sump plug and pop it back in, do up to the specified torque (see bottom of post).

    now you can put in your new, good oil! like I said earlier, put in 2.5L and let it settle for 5 mins, make sure the car is on level ground. then check the dipstick and keep topping up remebering to let the oil settle each time. Now start the engine to let the new oil fill up all the gaps and the new oil filter, go for a quick drive round the block maybe. get back on level ground and let it all cool down for an hour or more then check the oil once again. top up as required! Thats about it!

    Torque settings for your car (not sure what type of filter or sump plug you have so I'll put both sets of numbers down):

    Oil filter (spin on canister type) = 15NM / 11lbf ft (Hand tight basically)
    Oil Filter housing cap (element type) = 15NM / 11lbf ft
    Oil filter housing to block bolt (element type) = 45NM / 33lbf ft

    Sump plug:

    Inner Torx type (rubber seal ring) 14NM / 10 lbf ft
    Haxagon type (metal seal ring) 45NM / 33lbf ft

    Hope this helps!!

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