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What you will need:

1 1/4" socket (1/2" drive)
6-10" socket extension (at least 6", but a 10" makes it a LOT easier)
15mm socket
10mm socket
Oil pan
Ramps or Jack Stands
6-7 quarts Mobil 1 Full-Synthetic 5W-30 oil (or your preferred brand)
Oil Filter is Your Choice. Here are the various part numbers: FRAM CH9018, K&N HP7000, Purolator L15436, AC-Delco 457G (filter only) or 458G (includes replacement cap and cap seal).

1. Raise the front of the car enough to get underneath it. Ramps are easiest, jack stands will give you the most clearance if you're a bigger guy (or gal).



2. Crawl underneath and locate the oil drain plug. It's centered on the oil pan. Fit a 15mm socket and ratchet on. BEFORE you loosen the drain plug, make sure your oil pan is positioned under the drain. You're going to want the pan positioned toward the rear of the car, as the oil will shoot out pretty far when the plug is first removed.



3. Remove the drain plug and allow the oil to drain into the pan (this will take a while). Clean the drain plug off with a towel and inspect for little shards of metal. Drain plugs are magnetic, so little metal shavings indicate your engine may be shredding itself internally. A clean drain plug means a clean engine.



4. While the oil is draining, position a 10mm socket on the two bolts holding the intercooler to the supercharger. Remove the bracket from the supercharger, and move the intercooler down to the right and out of the way. [EDIT: Some people don't find this step necessary, but it makes things a lot easier if you have big hands. It helps to get the thing out of the way, in my opinion]



5. Disconnect the electrical connection running from the supercharger, and pull the wires up and out of the way. [EDIT: This is optional; some do it without removing the wires, but should you find them in the way, here's what you're looking for to remove them. The last few changes I've done, I haven't disconnected these. They're not really in the way, and they are a bitch to put back on]



6. Grab your 1 1/4" socket and maneuver it under the supercharger and onto the oil filter cap.



7. Drop your ratchet extension down from above and seat it into your socket. Attach your ratchet handle and begin unscrewing the oil filter cap. I usually just loosen the cap, then finish removing it by hand.



8. Once that's all unscrewed, maneuver the cap (the filter will come with it) out of the filter well and underneath the supercharger until it's totally out. Yank on the filter and it'll come loose from the cap. Dispose of filter (I keep a Ziplok bag handy and take it with me to dispose along with my used oil). Clean the cap off (there WILL be oil all over it).



9. Grab your new filter.



10. Manuever the new filter (pointy end down) into the filter well. Once the filter is in place, replace the filter cap and ratchet it down tight (but not TOO tight).



11. By this time your oil should be completely drained. Make sure you've cleaned off the drain plug, and replace it in the pan. Ratchet it down tight. Replace the coolant filler neck and electrical connections that you removed earlier.

12. Once you've replaced the drain plug, add 6 1/2-7 quarts of Mobil 1 Full Synthetic 5W-30 (or your preferred brand of oil).



13. Button everything up. Make sure you've removed the oil pan from under the car, reattached everything, and closed the oil fill cap. Drop the car down from the ramps/stands and start her up. Let it run for a minute, then shut it down, allow the oil to settle back into the pan, and then check your dipstick. Mine is all good on 6.5 qts. of oil. Add more as needed, a half-quart at a time.

14. Once your dipstick is showing the proper oil level, push your trip-odometer button until "OIL LIFE" appears. Once "OIL LIFE" is on your screen, hold the trip odometer button until it dings and says "RESET."

15. Drive 3 months or 3000 miles, whichever comes first, and repeat steps 1-15.
 

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It can be done without moving the wires out of the way, lol.

PS- Shab doesn't recommend using the Fram filter....
 

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I've heard some people bash the Fram filter as well. What's your recommendation?
 

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ac delco all the way for me. I never buy fram unless I have to. And when I can get an ac delco I swap them.
 

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does the oil life monitor work? i reset it the first time i changed my oil (15k ago) and haven't since, and it has not gone off
 

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Nice pictures. I bought Wix filters. I can just reach the plug from side/front near the tire without putting the car on ramps.
 

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So if I don't feel comfortable doing my own oil changes yet could someone make a "How to" for checking engine oil level (with pictures).:thinkerg:
 

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billabong9687 said:
ac delco all the way for me. I never buy fram unless I have to. And when I can get an ac delco I swap them.
whats your reasoning? they are both paper correct, so why does it matter?
 

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EXCELLENT write up!!!!

Yeah I too, personally, stick with the AC Delco filter (part number PF457G)....they're only like $6 from the dealer anyways
 

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3k oil changes is a waste IMO, you can get a lot more out of the Mobil 1 than 3k. My oil meter didnt go off til 8k, but I usually only go about 5k.
 

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A lot of people have told me the same thing. I know you typically get a lot longer from synthetic oil than 3k, but you also have to take into account your driving conditions (mine is 100% city driving and I'm VERY hard on the engine) and how long your FILTER will be lasting. If you look at the pics of my filter (which was just at 3k), it is dirty enough to warrant a change, and if you're going to change the filter, you might as well change the oil at the same time.

Long story short: just like the brand of filter, do what you feel. You can't, however, go wrong by changing it every 3k.
 

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Mattman6 said:
3k oil changes is a waste IMO, you can get a lot more out of the Mobil 1 than 3k. My oil meter didnt go off til 8k, but I usually only go about 5k.

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3,000 miles is a little early & (especially) with synthetic it's a waste of your own money, since it's not cheap

Every 5,000 miles is a good point to change the oil IMO

But if you go by the oil life meter in the car....you'll probably get 8,000 miles out of the oil

Just preference I guess :shrug03:
 

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3,000 miles is a little early & (especially) with synthetic it's a waste of your own money, since it's not cheap

Every 5,000 miles is a good point to change the oil IMO

But if you go by the oil life meter in the car....you'll probably get 8,000 miles out of the oil

Just preference I guess :shrug03:
fo sho, 8k is where my oil life meter came on. It said change oil now lol, i turned it off and it keep coming on til i went and changed it. So 3k is def. a waste
 

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I do about 50% city/50% highway and my light kicks on around 5500 miles. The manual suggests to change when the light kicks on or 1 year, whichever comes first ( 1 year is probably excessive), I try to change mine around 5k though.
 

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excellent write up. I just did the oil change today and it took me about 30 minutes to do. The hardest part for me was getting the oil filter out. The filter and cap were just a pain in the ass to wiggle out. I had to take the cap off, then wiggle the filter out, then take the top out. it just sucked.

any suggestions to make it easier?
 

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I do about 50% city/50% highway and my light kicks on around 5500 miles. The manual suggests to change when the light kicks on or 1 year, whichever comes first ( 1 year is probably excessive), I try to change mine around 5k though.
But who drives only 5K in one year though??? lol
 

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ESV0720 said:
excellent write up. I just did the oil change today and it took me about 30 minutes to do. The hardest part for me was getting the oil filter out. The filter and cap were just a pain in the ass to wiggle out. I had to take the cap off, then wiggle the filter out, then take the top out. it just sucked.

any suggestions to make it easier?
Just gotta wiggle it out (we all do it)....it's not that hard

But if you REALLY wanna make it easier to take out, you'd have to make more work for yourself and take the blower off, which is an extra 5 minutes of work

(as opposed to 10 seconds to wiggle the oil filter out--after you've done it once, it gets easier!)
 

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The first time my buddy and I tried changing this oil, it took a few hours (I'll admit it took a while just to find the filter). The second time it only took about 30 minutes, and that included plenty of lazy, beer-drinking and cigar-smoking time. Each time it gets a little easier and becomes less of a "project." Now we're looking for other projects to do. So all it takes is practice, it gets easier as you go along.
 

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I bought my 07 red Line on April 28th 2007 and just did my 1st oil change at 10028.2 Kms! @ 10400 I put on my 205 50 16 Toyo Observe Garit KX's and they totally kick ass!
 

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I just wanna give props on this "How to"...I'm mechanically retarded and I changed my oil with ease. Thanks.
 
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