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I am about to change the oil on the GT but I cannot for the life of me find the drainplug??? It was dark yesterday, sure, but no excuse here. I inspected the sump and can't find any plug at the bottom only one to the side, looks like a 15-16mm, is that it?

Embarrassed now. Also, I can't find any info on this so I will take some pics for the next guy...IF I can find it, don't want to start loosening bolts but that is the only one on the sump.
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Yes that is the drain plug.
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Wait until you try to change the oil filter!!!

Hint - you need to remove the bolts from the bracket that holds the pipes that are in the way. You can then push them to one side and just about get enough room to squeeze the oil filter out and the new one in, but its pretty tight...

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Yup, it is confirmed, it was that bolt, I attached some pictures, the one I am pointing to (or trying to point to as it was already night and I had to hold a torch). The oil was black black black like the darkest night. The oil filter was a challenge for sure, tried left hand, right hand, sandpaper for grip,lol, eventually it came off just as I thought I got a brain embolism from the straining. Today I can't really move, all my joints are stiff, I got still sand and stuff in my hair, hahaha. She runs much better now with new golden syrup in her belly.
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What volume of oil did you drain out?
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Not sure but I put the old oil into an old 5 litre oil canister up to the hilt and about half a litre into an old 2L coke bottle so give or take it was close to 6L.

Refilled with beautiful 10W60 Castrol Edge Titanium Full synthetic, used full 5L and additional 1x 500ml to top her up, she is now just below max. Also used one 500ml to soak the oil filter.
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Using sand paper to aid removal of the filter is 'novel'. One of these makes the job easier.
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Using sand paper to aid removal of the filter is 'novel'. One of these makes the job easier.
That will never fit into that tiny hole, how are you supposed to turn it??

Nope, will not work,
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That will never fit into that tiny hole, how are you supposed to turn it??

Nope, will not work,
Maybe I've 'imagined' the annual oil and filter changes that I have carried out on my car over the last 9 years then??
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I have used a large pair of grips that if set correctly would just about fit and allow me to start loosening the filter. The other challenge is to do the new one up tight enough. The first time I did mine the filter came loose after a couple of months and started leaking oil. Luckily I noticed before it lost too much....
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Maybe I've 'imagined' the annual oil and filter changes that I have carried out on my car over the last 9 years then??
What do you call this tool? How did you manage to turn it tight and loosen it, I could only use one hand or did you use a lift?

I didnt say you didn't use it before successfully, I said I couldn't even fit my hand in there and you fit a whole tool so yeah, highly unlikely but you did it so hat off to you.

Let's agree that changing the filter is a pig of a job, tool or no tool.

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What do you call this tool? How did you manage to turn it tight and loosen it, I could only use one hand or did you use a lift?

I didnt say you didn't use it before successfully, I said I couldn't even fit my hand in there and you fit a whole tool so yeah, highly unlikely but you did it so hat off to you
You must be able to get your hand up towards the filter....otherwise how did you remove it and thread on the new one?
The filter removal tool that I have posted a picture of will fit around the filter at an angle....you then tighten the metal loop by turning the threaded piece. Once tightly on the filter you can turn it a few degrees, the loosen the strap and do the same again until the filter is loose enough to remove by hand. When tightening the filter it's useful to have a latex glove on for grip, you only want it hand tight though.
The filter change is a bit of a pain the first time, but once you know the procedure it's easy the next time.

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