Changing the oil filter

How to change the oil and filter


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First thing is to make sure that you have all the bits and pieces that you need (I'm also changing the air and fuel filters - see seperate articles on these)

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Best practice is to make sure the engine is warm. It doesn't want to be too hot as scalding hot oil has its obvious dangers!

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This is my car a rover 620 diesel family owned from new. As you can see from the milage I can't be doing too much wrong!

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In order to access the underside of the car you need to raise it somehow (ramps/jack and axle stands), or get under it with a pit.


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On the underside of the 600 there is an engine cover with two access hatches for the filter and oil drain. Simply twist the plug to remove it.

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As you can see this is overdue its oil change but considering the amount of miles I do - lots of motorway miles, 15k miles is about 6 months for me at the moment.

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You can see the oil drain plug arrowed here. (notice my turbo is leaking a little oil - this is quite common and so nothing to worry unduely about)

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The drain plug can be quite tight. It has an aluminium washer on it which in theory needs changing, however I never have changed it yet and it hasn't leaked.

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Careful with the oil as it is hot and comes out pretty quickly.

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Undo the oil filter with a removal tool (there are different types but this one is a chain type). I couldn't manage to take a photo of me removing it as I didn't have enough hands!
Note that some more oil will come out when you remove it. This is the messiest part of the job.

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Give the oil filter sealing surface a good wipe clean to make sure there is no dirt on it (oil is ok).

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Write the car milage on the filter before you fit it so you know when it was last done. Note both a milage and a date. Oil should be changed at least once a year in my opinion.

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Replace the oil drain plug
Fill the engine with approximately 4 litres of oil
Start the engine and run for 30 seconds or so then stop it and check for any oil leaks
Assuming no leaks then replace any covers removed

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Set the car on a level surface then check the oil level and add oil to bring it to the max level on the dipstick (usually 4.5 litres)

Job done for another year/12,000 miles.
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