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Complete Oil Change Guide

It was time to change the oil again (110,000 miles!) so I took a few pictures and put together this little how-to article.

Change the Oil on a Lotus Elise & Exige | HowTune.com

I tried to make it as simple and encompassing as possible. Thoughts? Did I miss anything?

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Also, FWIW Advanced Auto has a good sale this week on Mobil 1 and a Filter for $32 bucks.

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That's awesome. Can you do more of those. Nice job.

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Time to stock up on oil! Lol, spend $70 on my recent oil change for turbo diesel oil and a filter. Smh
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Nice job. Makes the whole process look so simple (as it is) that many who've never done it will.

I like what you said about only failing to remove the old filter gasket once. AMHIK. And that time I'd put the access panel (belly pan) back on before starting the engine to check for leaks.

Nothing under there will ever rust after all that mess!

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That's awesome. Can you do more of those. Nice job.

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Thanks! I plan on making many more. I've taken pictures of everything I've worked on... Now that HowTune is up and running its a lot faster for me to publish new articles.

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Time to stock up on oil! Lol, spend $70 on my recent oil change for turbo diesel oil and a filter. Smh
Yea, I picked up 10 quarts and convinced my office car buds to do the same.

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Nice job. Makes the whole process look so simple (as it is) that many who've never done it will.

I like what you said about only failing to remove the old filter gasket once. AMHIK. And that time I'd put the access panel (belly pan) back on before starting the engine to check for leaks.

Nothing under there will ever rust after all that mess!
Double wammy, that sucks. I did it once on a CRX, not a pleasant way to celebrate competion of your diy project for the weekend. For some reason every single Fram filter I used on that car left the rubber gasket stuck to the car.

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It was time to change the oil again (110,000 miles!) so I took a few pictures and put together this little how-to article.

Change the Oil on a Lotus Elise & Exige | HowTune.com

I tried to make it as simple and encompassing as possible. Thoughts? Did I miss anything?

Very nice - curious what the difference between the Mobil 1 - 209 and 103 filters is, is it just size? Does it make a difference? Have you always used the 209 filter?.....one last question...you have over 100k miles on your Elise...are you burning oil?
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Nice write-up. Thanks for putting it together.

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Very nice - curious what the difference between the Mobil 1 - 209 and 103 filters is, is it just size? Does it make a difference? Have you always used the 209 filter?.....one last question...you have over 100k miles on your Elise...are you burning oil?
Size has implications of capacity and filter media. I don't know the details of the difference, however the 103 is considered Mobil's stock equivalent.

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Very nice job!

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Great write up! Maybe we should add it to the uberpost for newbies?

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Very comprehensive! Thank you.

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Very nice - curious what the difference between the Mobil 1 - 209 and 103 filters is, is it just size? Does it make a difference? Have you always used the 209 filter?.....one last question...you have over 100k miles on your Elise...are you burning oil?
Just noticed your 2nd question. Not noticeably, I've never seen it smoke (not that a bottom center exhaust would make that easy to notice), and what I drain out seems to be comparable to what goes in. I'll have to measure more closely next time though.

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hey this is a great guide.

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you forgot to include "carefully remove the undertray or you will get a eyeful of little pebbles". Might want to add a tip to check some stuff since you're down there - check any u-bends for chaffing and any loose bolts (like the toelinks)...otherwise great post!
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The car slanted forward may minimize the oil drain.

Slanted backward may be the best. With filter and drain plug removed, overnight, it may drain maximum from the pan, and the long oil lines.
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Excellent writeup.

Regarding the two M8 bolts. I use a 13 mm socket. So I guess M8 and 13 mm are equivalent?

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