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Are-Ex-Eight 08-29-2009 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by e-sarge (Post 454658)
A few minor suggestions to add to your already fantastic write-up:
  • Raise your oil catch pan closer to the drain plug using cinder blocks, wood, etc. to avoid the mess on the driveway. The closer you get it to the drain plug, the less possibility for the oil to miss the catch pan. I learned this one the hard way too.
  • Ensure the area around the filter lid is clean before removing the filter. This is to avoid any dirt from falling into the open filter cavity (dirt in the engine) or the area where the o-ring seats (causing an oil leak).
  • Have a clean paper shop towel in your other hand when you remove the old filter from the engine to catch the last few drops of oil that always want to spill on the power brake components before you can safely stow the filter in a proper container (I usually use a zip-lock bag).
  • Change the o-ring on the filter lid if your filter comes with a new ring (my most recent Fram filter did).
  • Clean the oil filter cap and lubricate the o-ring with some of the new oil (just dip your finger in the new oil and wipe it on the o-ring). This will help it to condition the o-ring and help it seal better with the machined surface on the engine block.
  • Clean the oil drain plug and lubricate the rubber washer with a drop of new oil as well. This helps keep the rubber in good condition and forms a better seal with the engine oil pan.

Also, your question about filling the oil filter -- SkyVue2 has the right answer. That technique was sometimes recommended for engines with the old metal cannister style filters. I'm not sure of the exact rationale, but probably something like avoiding a possible air block, or maybe ensuring oil gets to the engine faster during the first start-up after the oil change. In any case, filling your Kappa filter with oil would make a big mess. Filling the filter cavity in the engine would just run down into the engine block.

Thank you. I have added your tips into the body of the guide.

Skip 08-29-2009 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Are-Ex-Eight (Post 454641)
Haha yes it is a wedding ring. :cheers:

I have seen in my lifetime of 60 years four ring fingers being ripped off the bone cause someone left the ring on. The ring just says you are married. The thought behind the ringless is first I am still married and second my finger stays intact.. for twenty four years I was married and never wore my ring on my finger...Saw too many fingerless people.....Skip...read and heed....:):D:)

GT! 09-07-2009 12:18 AM

Considering the fumoto. From the pics it seems clear that you installed the ADP-107 adapter. Is this really necessary? From the pics it does not really look like the drain hole is recessed.

-GT

Are-Ex-Eight 09-07-2009 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by GT! (Post 455885)
Considering the fumoto. From the pics it seems clear that you installed the ADP-107 adapter. Is this really necessary? From the pics it does not really look like the drain hole is recessed.

-GT

It's up to you, personally I didn't want to chance it as the fitting starts to rub on the sump paneling before it's completely tight.

It's one of those "you're probably ok" but the adapter is 4 dollars and does not exactly stick out into anything in the way.

GT! 09-08-2009 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Are-Ex-Eight (Post 456030)
It's up to you, personally I didn't want to chance it as the fitting starts to rub on the sump paneling before it's completely tight.

It's one of those "you're probably ok" but the adapter is 4 dollars and does not exactly stick out into anything in the way.

Thanks. Ordered both to be safe.

-GT

Leather 09-08-2009 12:35 PM

I enjoyed reading this post thanks for sharing, it will come in handy if I ever do my own oilchange. I am still baffeled that my dealer charged me for 6 Qts and insists our Redline takes just under 6 qts even when when our manuel says 5.

Are-Ex-Eight 09-08-2009 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Leather (Post 456103)
I enjoyed reading this post thanks for sharing, it will come in handy if I ever do my own oilchange. I am still baffeled that my dealer charged me for 6 Qts and insists our Redline takes just under 6 qts even when when our manuel says 5.

Probably poured the first quart in without reinstalling the plug and charged you for it anyway.

I've seen people do this but not charge for it before.

Skip 09-08-2009 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Leather (Post 456103)
I enjoyed reading this post thanks for sharing, it will come in handy if I ever do my own oilchange. I am still baffeled that my dealer charged me for 6 Qts and insists our Redline takes just under 6 qts even when when our manuel says 5.

The reason why the dealerships say 6 quarts is the engine in the other redline vehicle takes six with the sump pump installed. That engine is a side winder and the sump pump pan is like two parts. The redline engine in the Sky is a one pan engine...It only takes five quarts to fill it up. This has been mentioned at least ten times in as many threads....Skip.....:):D:)

Are-Ex-Eight 04-03-2010 11:20 AM

Almost 8 months later and it's that time again. She needs some new oil!

Blue Sky's @ Night 04-17-2010 09:17 PM

Just brought my Sky home today and couldn't find the filter, THANK YOU for this write up, change complete now, now time for some :cheers:

Are-Ex-Eight 04-18-2010 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Blue Sky's @ Night (Post 487636)
Just brought my Sky home today and couldn't find the filter, THANK YOU for this write up, change complete now, now time for some :cheers:

Thanks :cheers:

One question though - did you change the filter and oil right after you bought it?

shanepratt 09-09-2010 12:23 AM

Can anyone tell me the type or brand of socket to use on the oil filter? I tried a craftsman (the smallest one I could find that will fit a 1/2" drive) but it won't fit...something going to the engine is blocking it from going on fully.

HELP!!!!

GT! 09-09-2010 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by shanepratt (Post 506004)
Can anyone tell me the type or brand of socket to use on the oil filter? I tried a craftsman (the smallest one I could find that will fit a 1/2" drive) but it won't fit...something going to the engine is blocking it from going on fully.

HELP!!!!

The oil filter needs a 32mm socket. This was listed in the first post.

32mm is pretty big, so I don't understand your comment about smallest one wouldn't fit.

-GT

shanepratt 09-10-2010 12:02 AM

I tried the 32 mm and it is the right size,it's just that something right above the oil filter is blocking me from fully putting the socket on the hex nut on top of the oil filter. looks like it is something going into the engine. I'm not too inclined on mechanics,but I have always changed my own oil. just wondering if there is a shallower socket and were can i buy it?

shanepratt 09-10-2010 12:08 AM

o yeah and the pics that are posted, are they of a solstice or a sky? My sky is not a redline,does that make a difference? Thanks for the help!!!


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