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    Default Doing a home Car Service. Advice

    My service is due and I've decided to tackle it myself. I've only done 6000miles since last service but the year mark is upon us.

    Wanted to do it myself to learn how to do it so I feel comfortable about everything thats being changed and whats going in the car.

    I was hoping you guys could give me a few pointers before I start (it's raining so I'm not in a rush)

    Oil -- Was going to go for Castrol GTX Magnatec 10W-40, because it seems good on cold starts. I don't do a lot of miles (less than 10k/year).
    Going to flush engine first too.
    When changing oil, you're supposed to get engine upto running temperature, then leave for 10-15minutes. Whats running temperature? Is it when the temperature guage begins to move (takes few minutes) or when it gets to a certain temperature?
    Does anyone know the Part number for:
    Oil Filter
    O-ring

    for a 1.8SXi Petrol.

    Pollen Filter: Jetex Ceramic Filter

    Air Filter: Already fitted a K&N

    Fuel Filter: ?? Where does that go? and anyone know a part number?


    Right think thats about it...
    Am I missing anything?

    Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Dan

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    right Dan..

    running tempreature is when the thermostat opens to be precise.. but when the cars temp guage gets to 80 deg that should be fine.. too hot and the oil will scald..and as you say..leave it for a while before draining..

    choice of oil is fine for what you want to do mate..no point in putting fully synth in for that kind of mileage.

    Oil filters used to be X93's but now they've changed it to either
    93156954... £4.00+v retail....or
    93178952....£2.84+v retail..

    depends on what's fitted to the car..the first one is the old steel can setup..the 2nd one is the element..

    pass on sump o ring but trust me it's stupid pence part

    Fuel filter is found just in front of the drivers side rear wheel and about 10 inches in from the sill.. so it's deffo a raise and support the car job..

    part number is 25320277.. retails at £12.50+v

    changing is easy..if you can get the clips on the pipes undone .. there are special pliers to release them, but it is possible to do it without.

    anything else is total mileage dependant..plugs or cambelt etc..

    as you've got all day to do it, take your time, take the wheels off and inspect the brakes and suspension, really give it a birthday..

    then tonight you'll know that you've done the full job and you'll be fully aware of how the car is and what may be coming up for doing.

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    Thanks for your quick reply.

    It doesn't seem like its going to stop raining anytime soon. Waiting to put black headlights, and eyebrows on too

    Would you recommend any other oil as Castrol is £30+ for 6 litles.
    Also how much (litles) will I need for a 1.8?

    Everything else I seem fine with. Except fuel filter. First time I heard of it (not clued up on cars too much, but want to learn) So I'll have a look at it when I get chance and see if I dare tackle it. If I take the filter out, its not going to squirt out my £1/litre petrol is it?

    I'll let you know how it goes. Camera at the ready.

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