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DIY Oil Change

Do any of you guys change your own oil? Is their any good write up I can follow? Thanks
Old 05-15-2007, 02:57 AM
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It's very easy to do! Here are a couple of threads to get you started:
Oil Changing Procedures
1st oil change
Best advice I can offer is to make sure you have a container large enough to collect the oil in. Make sure you handle this container with care...as it's very easy to spill a ***** load of oil! The biggest mistake made is putting too much oil back in and not following the proper procedures for checking your oil. When I change oil, I typically add 9.5 quarts, get the car up to operating temps, check my oil on level ground, engine idling. I usually end up at 10 quarts to get it to the level I like. In a Turbo my preference is to keep the oil level just above the lowest line...not quite in the middle of the two marks on the stick.
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Thanks very much for the Info.
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And make sure what ever you are draining it into has a hole big enough that it will keep up.
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In a Turbo my preference is to keep the oil level just above the lowest line...not quite in the middle of the two marks on the stick.
Why is that, sand_man? Please elaborate?
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So it doesn't get sucked into the intake.
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One other question I had is, what grade of oil and brand do you guys run?
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One other question I had is, what grade of oil and brand do you guys run?
I'm the nut case that runs the dino based Shell Rotella T 15W-40 and/or Mobile Delcvac 15W-40 diesel based stuff. I've had very good results with it, but Shell and Mobil have changed the formulation and now there isn't as much zinc as there once was. My next oil change will be the Shell Rotella Synthetic based 5W-40 diesel. Lot's of guys have good luck with the Mobile one 15W50...which also has recently changed formulas. Before my switch to the diesel based oils I was all about Castrol GTX 20W-50. Be forewarned that the oil debate has been discussed on Pelican ad nauseum!
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I put my car up on the lift (midrise) and use a 5 gallon bucket...hard to miss THAT hole...

And I've been using Castrol 20w-50 for years...changed regularly, no problem...
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So I'll be OK with running Mobil 1 15W-50?
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Be warned that if your engine is used to dino and you switch to synthetic you *may* develope oil leaks or the ones you have will become worse.

My one data point. Lesson learned and I'll never do it again.
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I talked to the tech today about which oil I should use. He told me to keep using the same oil he's put in it for years which is Castrol 15-40.
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Re: DIY Oil Change

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Do any of you guys change your own oil?
Of course not. Why get all dirty when a pro at Jiffy Lube will do it for $20!!!

Just poking fun. Although you have to admit, that's a silly question.
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Point to consider.... remove the fuel relays and crank the engine for a little while to feed the turbo and load up the line with oil...replace the relays and start the engine... if dont do this you run the risk of oil starvation during a startup----bearing issue...It takes a while to get the oil there... I saw this note after I had finished my first OC..the next time I did the load up procedure....my 2cents.
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Where are the fuel relays located
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In the front drivers side trunk is were all the main fuses.... you should have a card on the plastic cover that identifies the location of each fuse/relay ....should be 2-red round relays ( or black).

remember to only crank the starter for a few seconds at a time ..you should do this a number of times to get the line primed.

Check your owners manual for the fuses as well
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