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    Oil Change

    Getting ready to try and change my own oil. 70 bucks at the local oil change places is crazy to me. $30 for 7 quarts of Mobil 1 at Costco and a few bucks for oil filter, seems like doing it myself is a better idea. So can anybody give me some step by steps on how to go about this. I have never done an oil change myself except on quads and dont want to screw anything up. Is there any thing that needs to be removed to get to the oil plug and where is it located. Where is the oil filter located and are there any covers that need to be removed to get to that?

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    Oil change is easy, nothing to remove. And get the bigger filter that Tony identified in the filter sticky...PF63.
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    Why bigger filter

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    Do I need to jack front and rear of car up on jack stands or just front?
    Does car need to be warm or cold?
    Do I drain all the oil out of pan and then change the filter?
    Does the filter need to have oil put in it?
    Does the oil filter come off with an oil filter wrench or by a socket?
    This will be my first attemp at this that is why so many questions. Want to make sure I know what I am doing before buying all the oil and filter,.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chosenone View Post
    Do I need to jack front and rear of car up on jack stands or just front?
    Does car need to be warm or cold?
    Do I drain all the oil out of pan and then change the filter?
    Does the filter need to have oil put in it?
    Does the oil filter come off with an oil filter wrench or by a socket?
    This will be my first attemp at this that is why so many questions. Want to make sure I know what I am doing before buying all the oil and filter,.
    Car warm, front end only, oil pan first, you can pre fill new filter, filter wrench helps.

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    Awesome thanks, car takes 6 quarts?

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    Also I read the oil filter is right next to the drain plug, is this correct? WIll I know what the drain plug looks like when I see it? Do I need to buy the normal oil filter wrench or the one with the head that pivots? Is the oil filter easily accessible with an oil wrench? thanks

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    Drain plug is at the rear of the oil pan, very obvious and filter is nested right next to oil pan. I use the strap style filter wrench.

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    6 quarts

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    Jack Stands PLEASE!
    IF IT FLYS, FLOATS OR F**KS...RENT IT!

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    All great advice!

    While you're down there, you might as well throw in a cam.
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    Take back that mobil 1, its garbage. Spend a few more bucks and get some Royal Purple or Amsoil

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    I use a couple ramps picked up at autozone for oil changes instead of jacks. I have a little incline to my driveway, so I'm able to get a little more clearance at its apex.

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    Wont the V drag front bumper if you pull up and down ramps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chosenone View Post
    Wont the V drag front bumper if you pull up and down ramps?
    Get a set of race ramps, I think they are 56" long or something to that effect. Work slick, expensive but get the job done!!!

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    I'll revise my comment, They worked fine on my lowered (GC) V1 and did not drag accept for that rubber. Just lowered the V2, I'll test it out and report back.

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    Autozone ramps don't fit for the front but work at the rear. A long jack lets you raise the whole front easily though and then just slide jack stands under the lift points on either side.

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    My car is not lowered, but I have a metal "low profile" jack from sears (approx 3.5" clearance for the cup) that easily fits under the car and reaches the front cross member.

    Any jack that is <5" tall should work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chosenone View Post
    Why bigger filter
    I never saw this answered. I'm curious too.

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    more often than not, bigger filter = more media surface area.
    Last edited by CJ11V; 10-11-2013 at 01:44 PM.

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    I went to the dealer because I heard the zr1 filter is the same as our v2's except for the oil capacity and so I ordered both from them but got the same pf part number filter for both vehicles so what is the vet p/n?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ11V View Post
    more often than not, bigger filter = more media surface area.
    More media and more oil in the system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ11V View Post
    more often than not, bigger filter = more media surface area.
    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
    More media and more oil in the system.
    I understand that more media means more contaminates removed, but how does more oil help? Just seems like it might make the system work harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gootz View Post
    I understand that more media means more contaminates removed, but how does more oil help? Just seems like it might make the system work harder.
    More oil means it will dilute the contaminates better. It doesnt put pressure on the system, just allows for more "fresh stuff". The same idea with having more water in your cooling system.

    Ill edit this just as a warning I dont know much about the LSA oil capacity so I dont know how much oil is safe, but I only said what I did because my work van hold 13 liters and I dont have to oil change for 16000km and had asked the same question you did at one point. That was the explanation I got.

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    Bigger filter= bigger surface area for filtration which= more flow.

    Same theory as running a bigger air filter.
    Work in progress

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    That's assuming the limiting factor in the system is the oil filter. While that's the case for an air filter, I'm not sure that's a safe assumption for an oil filter. Your engine oil gallery is far more flow limiting than your oil filter. I'd guess the oil gallery is your bottleneck and a bigger filter does nothing for improving flow.

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    This may be true, hence oil pressure is inversely related to flow.
    I've never measured nor care to measure flow of our oil system. I was answering a simple question. A larger surface area of a filtration media or any opening allows more flow, period.

    Whether it is necessary who knows, but it definitely won't hurt.
    Work in progress

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    Great information, always did the oil changes on my G8 (9 quarts) and plan on doing the same with the CSTV now. Just picked one up 10 days ago. I will check the ramps out as that seems to be the best method.
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    Anyone have warranty problems with the PF63 ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by prdnme View Post
    All great advice!

    While you're down there, you might as well throw in a cam.
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