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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?
Mine are definitely button head alley key screws, not hex head bolts. Strange.

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Very nicely written - I hope you don't mind me doing 3 things:

- Moved it to the maintenance forums (and left a redirection)

- Change the title to simply "Complete Oil Change Guide"

- Made sticky

Hope you take that as a compliment, very well done. If you write any others to this level PM me and I'll sticky them too.

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Very nicely written - I hope you don't mind me doing 3 things:

- Moved it to the maintenance forums (and left a redirection)

- Change the title to simply "Complete Oil Change Guide"

- Made sticky

Hope you take that as a compliment, very well done. If you write any others to this level PM me and I'll sticky them too.
Nice, it certainly is taken as a compliment

I just added a few so I'll send them your way.

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Might also be worth mentioning in the How-Tune the correct torque for the oil sump drain plug. Based on other threads, I believe it is 27 ft-lb, but I can find no reference in the factory service notes (someone please point me to the relevant section if I missed it).

On a related note, does anyone know the correct torque for the oil filter? I've heard "hand tight then 3/4 of a turn".
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Might also be worth mentioning in the How-Tune the correct torque for the oil sump drain plug. Based on other threads, I believe it is 27 ft-lb, but I can find no reference in the factory service notes (someone please point me to the relevant section if I missed it).

On a related note, does anyone know the correct torque for the oil filter? I've heard "hand tight then 3/4 of a turn".
Correct, 27 lbs. Fast forward to 4 minutes.

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Might also be worth mentioning in the How-Tune the correct torque for the oil sump drain plug. Based on other threads, I believe it is 27 ft-lb, but I can find no reference in the factory service notes (someone please point me to the relevant section if I missed it).

On a related note, does anyone know the correct torque for the oil filter? I've heard "hand tight then 3/4 of a turn".

Thanks for verifying, I updated the article with the torque for the drain plug.

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Hey folks - So what's the recommended oil change interval?

With newer cars (including high performance models from Porsche) saying to only change the oil every 10,000 miles it makes me wonder if my "every 5,000 miles" is super old school thinking?

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Intervals are a product of oil quality, filter quality, oil quantity, and driving conditions (and a few million other variables).

Most of the newer car oil change intervals are a product of them using better oil, filters, and larger capacity oil systems. I go by the manufacturer's suggestions with slight variances for changes in oil, filter, and driving habits.

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How do people make records of their oil change that means something to a future buyer?
I bought my oil filter via ebay a couple of months ago ad my oil in a sale a few weeks before that so the dates on the receipts don't really mean anything.

Do i just keep the receipts anyway and then record the mileage at oil change, clip it altogether and keep that as a record?

Does anyone have an accepted process?

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I save the receipts and then also log everything in an Excel file. Some people like to just use a handwritten notebook that they keep in the car.

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Cool, so as long as i keep a record most people will be cool with that.

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Also, FWIW Advanced Auto has a good sale this week on Mobil 1 and a Filter for $32 bucks.
Wow. Here in New Zealand 5 litres of M1 0w40 is NZ$85 (US$60) at its cheapest. Mobil 1 filters I have to order in from the US.

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How do people make records of their oil change that means something to a future buyer?
I bought my oil filter via ebay a couple of months ago ad my oil in a sale a few weeks before that so the dates on the receipts don't really mean anything.

Do i just keep the receipts anyway and then record the mileage at oil change, clip it altogether and keep that as a record?

Does anyone have an accepted process?

thanks
chris
Not sure if you found a solution but I use the Fuelio app on my Android phone. Fills, mileage, purchases, and servicing with reminders all on the one app. Saves to the cloud in spreadsheet format.

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Going to do my first oil change on the Elise next month. Awesome write up. Happy New Year!
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