Urk, just got into work. Had to take Lara to the garage this morning to get a new oil filter fitted in a hurry, except I could have probably done it myself quicker if I could’ve got hold of the parts, knew what I was doing and didn’t mind getting filthy. Ok maybe not.

Oh., it was so annoying, they changed the filter when the said they would, she was all ready waiting for me at the allotted time, then they just left me sitting in reception for AGES waiting to pay and get my keys back – arghh.

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  1. king_prawn August 5, 2002 at 9:42 am #

    Actually, changing the oil oil filter is one of the simplest DIY auto-maintainance things you can do. You’ll probably need either an appropriate DIY manual for your car or someone with experience doing it–and a socket wrench, adapter for oil filter, new filter…and for the oil a drip-pan and containers for the old oil.

    Unless it’s located in the middle of the engine and needs a special tool just to reach it, the oil filter would take about 5 minutes to change. Changing the oil itself might take half an hour.

  2. king_prawn August 5, 2002 at 9:42 am #

    Actually, changing the oil oil filter is one of the simplest DIY auto-maintainance things you can do. You’ll probably need either an appropriate DIY manual for your car or someone with experience doing it–and a socket wrench, adapter for oil filter, new filter…and for the oil a drip-pan and containers for the old oil.

    Unless it’s located in the middle of the engine and needs a special tool just to reach it, the oil filter would take about 5 minutes to change. Changing the oil itself might take half an hour.

  3. kaypow August 7, 2002 at 4:38 am #

    Yeah, that was the annoying thing, I might have attempted it (I have changed clutch, brakes, and stuff on my last car, though, admittedly ages ago and with Dad’s help) except for:
    No appropriate manual, no old clothes, no tools (though shouldn’t have needed any I believe that the oil filter should just screw off by hand), no drip pan, no oil container, no new filter, no 5w40, Halfords inaccessible by bus.
    It was first thing Monday morning and I had to get to work asap before my boss got impatient with me and decided that the absence should be made up by deducting holiday (think I was okay – phew). (Work being an hour’s drive (45 mins full pelt) on the motorway)
    Least she’s fine now though 🙂 yay!
    On a plus side I had a nice drive to work too – the motorway was practically pleasant at that time of day, quite quiet and the sun was out. I don’t usually get to see the sun!

  4. admin August 7, 2002 at 4:38 am #

    Yeah, that was the annoying thing, I might have attempted it (I have changed clutch, brakes, and stuff on my last car, though, admittedly ages ago and with Dad’s help) except for:
    No appropriate manual, no old clothes, no tools (though shouldn’t have needed any I believe that the oil filter should just screw off by hand), no drip pan, no oil container, no new filter, no 5w40, Halfords inaccessible by bus.
    It was first thing Monday morning and I had to get to work asap before my boss got impatient with me and decided that the absence should be made up by deducting holiday (think I was okay – phew). (Work being an hour’s drive (45 mins full pelt) on the motorway)
    Least she’s fine now though 🙂 yay!
    On a plus side I had a nice drive to work too – the motorway was practically pleasant at that time of day, quite quiet and the sun was out. I don’t usually get to see the sun!

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