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My car has now done 1200 miles, been thinking of changing the oil and filter at 1500 miles for magnatec. Good idea ? How much should I be looking to pay for this and where should I take it ? Renault or normal garage ?
I will be doing the same soon (1000 miles), I am getting it done at a local garage by friends, Renualt informed me they dont mind who does it. Oil wise I dont think it matters as long as it conforms to what Renualt recommends as stated in a previous thread.
Should I be worried that it is halfway ? Shall I not drive the car till I can top it up ? I was going to take it to my local Renault dealer to get an oil (which I will provide) and filter change, how much am I looking at ?
Anybody got any advice about what I should do about the oil ? Should I get it changed ASAP ? Also, how much am I looking to spend on an oil and filter change if I provide the oil ? What oil grade should I be using too ?
Went to see my dealer and they said they would charge me and they would check it to see if there was an oil leak if I checked it in but I know there is not a leak and I do not want them messing around with the car so I am going to top it up myself.
I am going to go and buy some oil, is normal Elf 5w40 grade oil ok or is there a special brand ? To people who have done this, what did you buy ?
it really wont make a diff which oil u use....really
me and capt have been saying this the last 3 times this topic has popped up.
oil brand, type, marketing ploy etc doensnt matter. what does is that its the same grade as recommemnded by renault (as the engine was designed for it).
as for changing, if you can be bothered, then change the oil...its only a 1/2 hr job.
if not, top it up....up to you.
if its new, then yeah, why not change it...you can check for swarf whilst your there.
BenR, cheers for that. As for changing the oil, I assumed I would need to change the filter at the same time and I have no idea how to do this ? I know nothing about the mechanical side of the car as you can tell.
CB, I live in Swansea and the only person close is Cheesebox, spoke to him last night and he is having problems with his 172 when idle so I am out of luck ! I was going to just go and buy some Elf or Castrol 5w40 semi synth and just top up the oil, I am just confused by all the other areas being described.
Right, so after 1300 miles in the car, I should change the filter and oil for 5w40 Semi-Synth oil ? If CB can show me how to do this and it is easy enough then I am sure my old man would be able to help me out. Just get the filter from Renault parts dept. ? How much should that cost ?
Thanks for your help (and patience) with this guys, mucho appreciated !
OK what I will do is take some photos and write a short description on how to etc ASAP should be before the end of the week. As to the oil I can give you the rating (ACEA 3) that you need to find on the oil bottle, as to which brand you buy its upto you.
As to the parts - This was from Renualt cause I used their genuine parts. Oil filter was around £6. The one I got was exactly the same as the old one which was blue and had gold writing on it not that it really maters on the colour. The oil I got was £16 but you can pay alot more if you so wish. I got fully syn for my piece of mind.
basically, use whatever grade the handbook says to use. The get some oil of that grade you like...wether it be mobil 1, magnatec, elf, or halfords.
The let the car cool down a little, till you can put you hand on top of the engine and its mildly warm.
-put a big oil tray (or any container that can hold the oil thats gonna come out) under the sump drain plug.
undo it, you will got oil on your hands, so have cloth close.
-go to the top of the engine and take off the oil filler cap (will help the oil drain out faster.
-wait till its all gone.
-discard oil in the correct manner.
-unscrew filter (oil will come out)
-new filter will have the rubber seal dry, put a little clean oil on the rubber seal with you finger. then screw it on....some people say fill it up first, but itll just spill everywhere!
top up the car with the correct amount...or just keep checking the dipstick level. Turn over the engine so you can circulate oil through all the oilways, then check dipstick again....full? no...top up....yes, finished.
CB, thanks for that, I will get the filter from Renault, the one you desribe and I think I am going to go with Maganatec with that oil grade on it (that you stated). 1300 miles is not too soon to change over to full synthetic then ? When did you change yours CB ?
BenR, you make it sound so easy, that doesnt sound too hard. Should be much easier again with CBs pics too !