Changed my oil for the first time and learned a lesson

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  1. Blasbo

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    The lesson is "plan ahead". It took two stores to find a filter and three trips to get the right drain plug. Also couldn't find a filter wrench anywhere. Finally borrowed a 36 mm socket and had to spin it with a pipe wrench.
    I got it changed finally and ordered everything I need for next time.
     
  2. Metalman

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    Only a few filter sources to consider....

    MINI OEM
    Mann
    I believe NAPA carries Mann rebranded....

    Others have proven inferior.... Problems with collapsing media... etc...
     
  3. Minidave

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    Yep, I wouldn't use anything but factory filters on my MINI, and it's probably a good idea to buy a spare drain plug, they get stuck and rounded easily - not by you necessarily, but the previous owner(s) and oil changers.

    Don't forget, synthetic oil only in your MINI.....
     
  4. Blasbo

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    Thanks for that info. I had to get an STP filter locally, but I ordered an OEM.
     
  5. Blasbo

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    Yep, Castrol full synthetic 5-30 and I did order a spare plug.
     
  6. ZippyNH

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    Some vendors offer filter change "kits".... Usually 5 or 6 filters....saves on shipping...and can drop the price per filter down to $6-8 each for OEM/Mann filters if I recall right...
    Some big box stores can charge CRAZY prices for crap filters four our cars....
    They are just filter media...no back drain plugs, etc...and are pretty inexpensive.
     
  7. Minidave

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    My dealer charges $8 bux and change for an OEM filter, right over the parts counter....

    I get 5 quarts of MINI oil and a filter for about $35 including tax.

    Now that I'm out of warranty I still use factory filters but I've switched to Mobil 1, it's 5 qts for $21 at Wally World on sale. 5W30 of course....
     
  8. MCS02

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    You can get a oil filter socket on eBay cheep.

    [ame=http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Schwaben-Oil-Filter-Housing-Socket-OC-03-/390797895335?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Model%3ACooper&hash=item5afd5ea6a7&vxp=mtr]New Schwaben Oil Filter Housing Socket OC 03 | eBay[/ame]

    I only use OEM filters.
     
  9. Dave.0

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    Only use OEM filters and use whatever oil you choose in the correct weight as other have said. 5w30

    Welcome to M/A. :Thumbsup:
     
  10. Crashton

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    I'll be the odd ball here. OEM or Mann filter & Mobil 1 0w40 of course.... :D

    Welcome to M/A & good on ya for changing the oil. :Thumbsup:
     
  11. Gil-galad

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    ...then we're the Oddfellows, as that is my recipe. :Thumbsup: Always insisting on the ACEA A3/B3 rated oils.

    Why do I love changing my own oil? I take my time to ensure no dings, scratches, or paint swirls. I use plenty of rags and will not spill a drop on the engine or garage floor. I drain the crankcase completely. I treat the O-ring with gentleness. I make sure the filter cap and drain plug are torqued to their exact specification. I don't under-fill or overfill.

    That sort of TLC isn't always guaranteed from a grease monkey who may just be going through the motions...
     
  12. vetsvette

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    ^^^What he said^^^ Guess there are at least two oddballs here. :wink:
     
  13. Dave.0

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    I am also an oddball with my oil but I just wanted to give basic information. :aureola:
     
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    Why 0w40?
     
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    Here's a link.

    What's the right oil for my car?

    For around $24 for a 5 quart jug at WW, you can't beat it. I run Mobil 1 in all of my vehicles except for the HD.
     
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    So Mini and Dave.0 say 5w30, but Mobil 1 say 0w40. Is this just a preference? or is there an advantage to doing the 0w40?
     
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    0W40

    Your vehicle has a specific recommendation.

    The company that manufactures your vehicle recommends this Mobil 1 product, or has a special requirement.



    Current Vehicle:
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    Engine Type: 4cyl. 1.6Liter Turbocharged
     
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    5w30 for me.
     
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    5W30 for first gen, 0W40 for second.
     
  20. Apok

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    Thats just odd cause my oil cap and manual says 5w30. Guess Ill put 0w40 in next time.
     

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