Saturday, October 21, 2006

Changing the Oil on a Mini

Changing the oil on a Mini is like changing the oil on any other car except for two things: The oil filter, and the oil change indicator.

I used the instructions printed below to reset the indicator. It reset to 15,500 miles which is the recommended mileage.

The oil filter requires a 36mm socket. If you don't have a 1/2 inch ratchet, you'll need a 3/8 adaptor. With the adaptor on the ratchet I barely had enough space to swing it, so a 1/2 rachet might be a good investment. After you've drained all the oil through the drain plug, loosen the oil filter a few turns so that the oil inside the filter can drain into the sump. Once all the oil has drained from the filter, remove the filter housing. Remove the paper element from the housing and practice screwing the empty housing onto the engine until you get a feel for it. Next push the new filter element into the filter housing. It takes a firm push. Screw the housing back onto the engine.
The rest of the oil change is just like any other car.


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