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Doing my very first service

So seeing as my car is in for its MOT on Wednesday I am planning on doing my first service on my car. Fingers crossed.

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It's a good idea to do the service first and while your servicing the car you can check for anything obvious that could show up on an MOT and put it right

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Thanks lads. Just a quick one what's the torque settings for the oil filter and spark plugs? Also would it be okay to use a 3/8 breaker bar to remove the oil filter?
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Thanks lads. Just a quick one what's the torque settings for the oil filter and spark plugs? Also would it be okay to use a 3/8 breaker bar to remove the oil filter?
Rob, yer gagging to use this breaker bar eh! You will probably need a breaker bar to crack the filter off. As for torquing it, I just nip it up and same with the lugs but the torque settings are in the book and I can't be arsed checking as I've just sat down. Do the plugs when the engine is cold and do the oil when the engine is hot
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Thanks lads. Just a quick one what's the torque settings for the oil filter and spark plugs? Also would it be okay to use a 3/8 breaker bar to remove the oil filter?
25nm for oil filter and 18nm for spark plugs

Never tighten spark plugs into a hot engine!

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Lots of torque settings. MINI - R50-R53 - Torque Wrench Settings

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On minitorque search "mini-r50-r53-torque-wrench-settings"
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Thanks lads. Will see how I get on.
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Might do the oil first then clean the car then try and do the spark plugs. Just don't want to mess them up.
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You can't go wrong with the plugs Rob as the leads are all numbered on the coil pack.

I usually do the plugs first thing when the engine is stone cold and check the coolant. Then I take the car a drive around the block to get it up to temp and on my return I drop the oil. While the oil is dripping out I change the air filter and pollen filter and lubricate the door hinges and locks, check the lights and top up the screenwash and check the tyre pressures all round. Once all that's done I fit a new sump plug if I have remembered to buy one and refit the filter and top up the oil to just over the max and run the engine up for a minute. I then give the oil a few minutes to settle back in to the sump, check the dip stick and top the oil up to the final max position on the dip stick and Boab's yer Auntie. If its a paying job I will run a diagnostic scan and reset the service indicators on the car and finish it off with a wash and if I'm really feeling generous I will throw in a free Air Freshener

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Don't cross-thread the spark plugs
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Another handy tip for the sparkplugs is to bang on some rubber tube to allow you to lower it into the head and screw it in, The rubber tube should prevent you from cross threading it and once it is correctly inserted, remove the rubber tube and torque it up to spec. As mentioned before, do the plugs on a cold engine.
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Well, how did it go?
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Not good to be honest. I am just thinking it's not for me. Might just sell all my bits. I bought a top side oil Sealey 6.5L Manual Vacuum Oil and Fluid Extractor https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000RA16..._IpoJybJJE6KNP

And that went fine. But then I could not for the life of me get the oil filter housing undone. I don't have a long tube but a 7" breaker bar 3/8. That didn't work. So now I've drained it but can't get the oil filter offf. I've only done 3k miles. So I'm not sure what to do?

Changed the air filter and pollen filter fine.
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Not good to be honest. I am just thinking it's not for me. Might just sell all my bits. I bought a top side oil Sealey 6.5L Manual Vacuum Oil and Fluid Extractor https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000RA16..._IpoJybJJE6KNP
50 for something to extract the oil.
You do realise there's a plug at the bottom of the sump, and it's...FREE to remove
No wonder you want to sell it. But it's not the car costing you money, it's you

Don't know what to suggest about the oil filter, but I really can't imagine it's on so tight that a breaker bar won't budge it
Just fill it up with fresh oil. Having a little old oil isn't as bad as not being able to use the car. And you can never get all the old oil out anyway.
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