Will Walters wrote:
I’ve owned my Capri for a few years now but only been driving it for just over a year, my dad was driving it for a while in between.
The oil must have been changed about 4/5000 miles ago when my dad took it to a garage but I have no clue what type of oil was put in and it’s not been topped up ever since (everyone reading this must be shaking their heads..)!
I have a 2.0 pinto that’s done 108,000 miles. Will the 10w40 GTX be suitable? I drive my Capri all year round and do between 3000-4000 miles per year.
My other question is.. do you need to jack the car up to drain the oil? I haven’t been living away from home for long and have VERY limited tools/money so just wanting to know exactly what I need to buy!
Thanks for you help
You will need to jack the car up, preferably by the front crossmember. If you are usings the cars own jack FFS put axle stands under it before you get underneath. You will need a bowl for the old oil to drain into - an old washing up bowl will suffice- and a 13mm spanner (ring or combination type, reasonably long, always use the ring end as the open end can slip and ruin the bolt head or your knuckles). Anyway you will see the drain plug on the side of the sump at the bottom, undo it with the bowl in place underneath. Remember the oil spurts out at an angle, it doesn't just drain down vertically until the sump is empty. To get every last drop out it may pay to drop the car back on its wheels.
While the oil is draining I'd fit a new washer to the sump plug, these can be bought when you get the oil and filter.When the oil is drained refit the sump plug and tighten it up - reasonably tight but not crazily so.
Now move the drain bowl under the oil filter after finally jacking down the car. The filter most likely will be tight to undo so if you can't get it off the cheapest filter removing tool is a long screwdriver hammered through it and used as a lever to undo it. Messy job though!
Now you will need to clean where the filter goes on and probably all around it too. Old rag or kitchen roll can be used. Take the new filter out of its box and smear some engine oil or a bit of grease around the rubber seal and spin the filter on until it stops, then continue for 1/2 to 3/4 of a turn. Don't overtighten it as it will be a cnut to get off next time - they don't need to be too tight despite what the bar room experts say.
Pull the oil drain bowl out from under the car and move it out of your way.
Now you need to fill the car with the new oil. I suggest you get a funnel and slowly pour it in, stopping every now and again and checking the level on the dipstick. It doesn't matter if it's a tiny bit overfilled at this stage.
Finally, disconnect one of the Small LT wires from the coil then crank the engine over until you get oil pressure building up. Reconnect the wire then start the car, run it for 15 seconds then switch it off. Leave it alone for a few minutes which is time you could use to dispose of the old oil and filter. I suggest you tip the remaining new oil out of the container into a small one then tip the old engine oil into the container that the oil came in. It then can be taken to a local dump to dispose of it, along with the old filter.
Finally check the oil level again and top up bit by bit until it is on the maximum, run the engine and check nothing is leaking.
So to recap the tools you will need:-
Bit of grease for oil filter rubber seal
Sump plug washer
Old rags and newspaper etc and a plastic bag to wrap the old filter in.
I think 10/40 or preferably 15/40 GTX will be fine in a pinto despite what has been written above.
Hope this helps