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Local lad changes his own oil filter

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by Nedryerson, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Nedryerson

    Nedryerson Copenworld Regular

    Jan 30, 2012
    0.66 Copen 2003
    Fiat 500

    I have had one new filter since buying my Copen in late 2013 and the local garage made heavy weather of it charging me double the rate for a regular filter change. (£75.00 as I recall)

    Well, spurred on by a useful youtube video I deicided to do it myself and you know what, it couldn't be easier.

    The Copen is low so ramps are out of the question but I managed to get it off the ground by around 12 inches using a trolley jack. I have a number of baulks of Oak left over from a job which I used as 'axle stands' to make sure I was safe to crawl underneath. (Mind you, the filter is right at the front so there's not much 'underneath' to worry about)

    So, lying on the ground I managed to get my hand through the gap between the chassis members and groping around soon located the filter, slipped on the extraction tool and it came out without any difficulty. Mind you if you have hands like a pair of Cornish Pasties you will struggle best to have the wife take care that bit.

    Renewing the filter was also a doddle. In fact the only problem I had was cleaning the garage floor after spilling the new oil !!

    Hope that helps any budding mechanics out there,

  2. hiramscodd

    hiramscodd Copenworld Regular

    Aug 25, 2014
    53 plate black copen
    Good on you ,i changed the oil only last week but have a filter in stock now for next time.

    Great when you can do it yourself ,saves the cash and you know it has been done right.
  3. seany87

    seany87 Copenworld Member

    Jul 10, 2013
    I service my own cars, partly for peace of mind (I trust dealers and garages as far as I can throw them) , partly because I am interested in cars, engines and how they work and also because I was once a student and skint and I've saved thousands over the years doing it myself rather than getting rinsed at a dealer.

    I'm going to change the oil and filter on my Girlfriends Copen this week, takes me about 15 minutes including 10 minutes waiting for the oil to drain and having a drink (got it down to a fine art haha)
  4. dunf

    dunf Copenworld Regular

    Oct 21, 2013
    Fife, Scotland
  5. princess

    princess Copenworld Regular

    Feb 16, 2011
    just got our second copen 04 reg. we also have a brand new vw bettle!!!!
    I can't get my hands through the engine mounting:( (Hands like Cornish pasties) so a friend at work changes it for me :)
  6. magsjm

    magsjm Copenworld Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    oil filter change

    I think the job can be achieved quite easily if you have the removal tool (I bought mine on e-bay) and you use a genuine oil filter as all the other ones are too big, having small hands is useful too.
    A trolly jack & a pair of axle stands works well.
    The first time mine was changed soon after I bought her a local garage did it and they made a right mess of the front bumper after removing the front grill and trying to acces it from the front (Not impressed!!)
    Now my husband does all the work on her:):)

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