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    Hi Everyone, new here...... Bought a 2.2 DTI SRI Jan 04 model last week, hoping to taxi it but already having doubts (read some of the 2.2 posts on here).....Started off with an oil change, how difficult can that be?....... car is covered with Torx so had to splash out on sets of male and female torx sockets.....got the old oil out ok, new Halfords 5/30 VX specific ready to go in. Phoned around a few motor factors for the tool to get the filter housing off, no luck, tried a large adjustable wrench, solid, aint moving...."try Halfords"... They don't know of them but methinks a 36mm (think it's 36) impact socket should do it fine....No luck, out of stock, every other size not that one, sold out No one I know has a 36mm socket so the car is blocking the driveway and aint going nowhere............Jeez, you guys must be real heroes working on these things... I've got a Honda FireBlade in the garage, piece of cake, had several Fords; piece of cake......My old fella used to work at Vauxhalls, if he was still alive I think I'd throttle him.......Aaaargh!

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    I only have a very basic tool kit but MOST cars use torx these days.

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    It is a 36mm socket you need for the oil cap.... even my local kwik fit didnt have one, but my friendly mobile mechanic did

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    I got a filter socket off EBay for less than a fiver when I had my DTi.

    Only 28 of them available on EBay right now....
    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_t...All-Categories

    That and a T40 Torx.

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    I used an adjustable wrench on mine, came off ok...

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    where bouts in liverpool are ya mate??

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    Just done an oil & filter change on daughters clio, that too requires a service tool. An 8mm square drive, a socket set 1/4" and 1/2 drive wont fit. Would have been nice if they had used this - everyone has a socket wrench. But no, you have to but a service tool. I always look up jobs like this on the net before tackling them, I got the service tool for £3 from fleebay. I also saw a handy tip, the square bar that turns the mortice latch inside your door handles is 8mm so this can be used if you are stuck. Always best to find these things out before you start the job I believe. Oh and to change the plugs on a clio you need a special service tool - very long extra small head plug wrench. Still cheaper to do it yourself even after buying the tools.

    Daughter reported more MPG on the trip computer after the 5w-40 fully synthetic oil had gone in. Can it really add a few MPG ?

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    lol Ive always worked around torx bits with alan keys lol !!!!

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    "where bouts in liverpool are ya mate?? "

    .........am in Wally park Work nights, but I'm gonna try and find some time to get to another Halfords for the 36mm Impact Socket (gives flat sides, more grip on plastic?) or phone the VX dealer on Derby Road for a special tool....
    Yep, know I shoulda done the research first, but an oil change fer chr**sakes! , an the bl**dy Haynes weren't much help
    Thanks for the replies, I'm gonna be a good scouser and "calm down"

    Just noticed from that Ebay link (Thank You Kindly Sir) that the same 36mm Filter Socket fits quite a few different cars, makes and models....... This just made me mad again, why do Halfords and local factors not stock it? Arrrrgh....(again)
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    Halfords NEVER stock anything that people buy. I swear they stock the shops when they open then never reorder for at least year.

    Those type oil filters are more and more common - very few cars still use the "bean tin" filters. Oddly, there's several different sized sockets (a 1.7CDTi has a different size to your DTi for example!).

    Don't forget to change the o-rings on the filter body (you'll get new ones with the filter), otherwise you could find a loss of oil pressure.

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