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Old 23-04-2014   #1
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Oil change

Going to have a first go at oil change etc bit of a newbie to tinkering I've got an 06 punto active 1.2 8v, what's the best reasonably priced engine oil? Oil filter? I've also read differing views on engine flushing before changing the oil, flush or not to flush. Is getting the right oil filter down to the length of it as I've read there is three different sizes and if you fit the wrong one it can be catastrophic?
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Re: Oil change

Try your local motor factors just as cheap as anywhere else and you can get decent oil cheap now too try the stuff from asda 5w/40 synthetic or the range
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Re: Oil change

And it I think after 06 they all went onto the same filter the old 16v one thinner one motaquip number is VFL 471 if you want to use that as a cross reference
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Re: Oil change

For an 8v I'd choose the 10-40 semi synthetic. It's a few quid cheaper and the specified range for the UK.
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Re: Oil change

Eurocarparts sell some good 10w40 semi synthetic for 15-18ish and decent oil filters
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ASDA do it for less (but no filters!).
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Re: Oil change

Make sure you have a 12mm Allen key or sump plug key - it'll be your friend there

Removal - its advised you use a belt tool to help crack the filter off

Removing oil cap and lifting dip stick helps it Drain faster - and helps when refilling

Remember to crank the engine - make sure Oil light goes out quickly after starting 3secs is usually my average time

Take your time - ask on the forum if your unsure
Luckily the punto is nice and high - i can change my oil without jacking up

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Re: Oil change

Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy122 View Post
Make sure you have a 12mm Allen key or sump plug key - it'll be your friend there

Removal - its advised you use a belt tool to help crack the filter off

Removing oil cap and lifting dip stick helps it Drain faster - and helps when refilling

Remember to crank the engine - make sure Oil light goes out quickly after starting 3secs is usually my average time

Take your time - ask on the forum if your unsure
Luckily the punto is nice and high - i can change my oil without jacking up

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Thanks Ziggy
What did you mean when you said crank the engine? Turn it over while it's draining?
Do you use oil flush some people say don't because it causes blockages?

Lastly is there a gasket or seal on the sump plug or does it just go back in.
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Re: Oil change

Changing oil on the ground can be tricky. The sump plug will be almost impossible from the front so, if or when you end up reaching in from the side for the big pull , under no circumstances should the car be on a jack - otherwise you will pull the thing down on yourself.
Ziggy meant after refilling, crank and make sure the oil lamp is out before letting it run for any length of time. It can take a few seconds longer than usual because it's got to fill the empty oil filter.
No seal on the original Fiat hex key plug iirc but aftermarket sumps generally have hex head screws with traditional crush washers.
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yeah the sump bolt is a tapered thread so doesn't need a washer you could always put some thread tape or loctite
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Re: Oil change

Fyi as I just discovered my sump was not 12mm so now I'll have to wait till I get a new sump tool! It's for some reason 11mm which I assume was done by the garage at its previous service -.-
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Re: Oil change

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Fyi as I just discovered my sump was not 12mm so now I'll have to wait till I get a new sump tool! It's for some reason 11mm which I assume was done by the garage at its previous service -.-
Or its full if yuck and crap that a 11mm will pish out and then round the plug
Make 100% sure

Only things that could cause it to be a 11mm is an aftermarket plug or sump
Im almost 100% sure its a 12mm as gearbox fill bung is a 12mm too

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Or its full if yuck and crap that a 11mm will pish out and then round the plug
Make 100% sure

Only things that could cause it to be a 11mm is an aftermarket plug or sump
Im almost 100% sure its a 12mm as gearbox fill bung is a 12mm too

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Aye im pretty sure its 11mm and must be an aftermarket plug

The 12mm allan wrench i was going to use was 12mm at the short end and 11mm on the long end but the 11mm head is rounded off so cant use it effectively
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Re: Oil change

Does anyone think engine flush is a good or a bad idea?


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Re: Oil change

Yes they do I don't on the basis that my motors are regularly serviced with the proper oil. If I were to do it, for example the sump was contaminated with whatever, I would avoid detergent type flushers as they could at least in theory dislodge a lot more than you bargained for and clog small oilways. I would use a cheapo version of normal engine oil instead.
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