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    Default Stupid question time.... Servicing

    Morning all. I'm wanting to start servicing my veccy by myself. I have already changed the spark plugs and coil pack and have ready an air, pollen and fuel filter to replace. What else needs doing for a proper service? The car had its pads, discs and brake fluid all changed last march. I know it will need the oil changing too.... Think I will struggle on doing the oil and fuel filter, will a Haynes manual show me how to do this?

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    Oil and oil filter

    Dependant on age/ milage coolant and gearbox oil?

    After that case of stripping and cleaning brakes. And f
    Then generally going around and checking bushes for play etc.

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    Oil & filter really isn't that hard to do on the drive (unless you're a but tubby like me). depending on engine and filter location, the fuel filter can be tricky but do-able with a little patience.

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    tbh the biggest part of a service isnt the changing of filters it is the safety inspection, if your not confident in inspecting a vehicle for serviceability enlist the help of a friend who has the knowledge/experience or get a garage to do you an inspection
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    You've got a petrol engine, so the fuel filter will be quite easy. Oil changes are also easy, but if you're a novice then put a polythene dust sheet under the car to protect your driveway from spills.

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    get a decent drain pan too , and torque bit set thats not made from chocolate , always warm the car up before dropping the oil , IF its an element filter ? you'll need a big enough socket to undo the lid which should only be 25nm but will be way tighter than that , good luck , once you get the hang of it its easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vxpenfold View Post
    tbh the biggest part of a service isnt the changing of filters it is the safety inspection, if your not confident in inspecting a vehicle for serviceability enlist the help of a friend who has the knowledge/experience or get a garage to do you an inspection
    Strongly agree. As this is carried out for an MOT I regard the this test as part of my annual service. Debate?

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    I have a 2008 1.8 vvt (z18xer) with 62k on the clock. Would you recommend coolant with this age/mileage? I have a friend who can help with a safety check. Thanks for the advice guys keep it coming.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by ridgers84 View Post
    I have a 2008 1.8 vvt (z18xer) with 62k on the clock. Would you recommend coolant with this age/mileage? I have a friend who can help with a safety check. Thanks for the advice guys keep it coming.....
    The Red/Orange OAT Antifreeze has a minimum service life of 5 years. As long as it tests lower than -28 its fine, this has more to do with anti corrosion property's than outright frost protection.

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    Just out of curiosity why are you changing the coil pack?

    Is it high mileage or do you have a misfire or similar problem? Theres no service interval for changing the coil pack as far as I know.

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