Re: Oil Change Cost
an oil change is the simplest of jobs, even for a novice, except maybe for getting access to and removing the old oil filter.
You do however need the whole car level while the oil drains out, or some old stuff stays in, thats why you cant just jack it up and do it, however......heres an easy way to do it wi just a jack,
lift the car with the trolley jack enough for you to get under to undo the sump plug, let the oil strart draining into a basin, then while its doing so, let the jack down gently until the car is down and level, as long as there is room under the sump for the basin. Once its emptied out, lift it up again and remove the filter, fit the new one (hand tight only) after smearing some new oil on the seal and threads of the filter.
Lower the car again, after refitting the sump plug, its now level once more and oil tight so you can put in the new oil, remember to put the exact right amount in inc. the filter capacity.
Start the car, and check for leaks. Dont rev it until the filter has filled with oil and the engine is quiet and smooth.
(sidenote: Scooby's btw have to have their oil filter filled before fitting and the HT leads off so it doesnt start until oil pressure is good, or the knock sensors detect the start up noise and retard the timing, and it runs like a bag of ****e until its reset.)
Dont suppose alfas are like that but you never know....could be the cause of more stupid problems in other cars than we realise....
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