DIY Vehicle Maintenance

DIY Vehicle Maintenance

Unread post #1 by joey81 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:13 pm

My cars 5-year warranty expired a couple of months ago. Now I'm no longer bound to the expensive casa PM servicing.

Tomorrow I will changing the engine oil. This is my first time to do this. Any tips and recommendations will be highly appreciated (just make sure it does not break the bank, hehehe).

The tools:
3-ton hydraulic floor jack.
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Drain pan and oil filter wrench
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I bought 8 liters of Mag1 synthetic oil. Highly recommended by JayL.
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Good luck sa akin bukas.
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Re: DIY Vehicle Maintenance

Unread post #2 by timber715 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:55 pm

Run the engine to make the oil warm, drains better and keeps the debris suspended on the oil which you will drain.
If you are transitioning to synthetic oil I do suggest flushing the engine first just to give the oil a clean engine to work on.
One thing the casa does is they tighten body bolts, these are the bolts mostly located in the suspension and under chassis. And as the term imply... Tighten them, these will indicate if any parts are about to give you problems.
Check all fan belt condition, cracked or brittle belts needs to be replaced.
Check your coolant and reservoir.
Check all fluid level and top up as needed.
Check all visible pipes and hoses for indicators of leaks (discoloration or oil build ups are common indicators.
Check battery water and wiper washer reservoir.
Clean or replace air cleaner...
Replace fuel filter if needed.
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Re: DIY Vehicle Maintenance

Unread post #3 by joey81 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:54 pm

Early Sunday morning I started working on it

Put the front end of the car on high ground. Also for protection agains rain if the weather doesn't cooperate.
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Removed oil cover. Then went underneath.
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This is my insurance policy. Bibigyan daw nya ako ng isang buhay pag nadaganan ako.
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The drain plug that I need to remove
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Unread post #4 by J03L » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:06 pm

ang linis :clap:
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Re: DIY Vehicle Maintenance

Unread post #5 by joey81 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:17 pm

I can't break the plug manually. An impact wrench comes in handy
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Then I waited for the malls to open and bought this
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After I've read the instructions, I was very thankful that the drain pan I bought has a spout
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I then replaced the drain plug, put the oil back in (making sure not to include the residues), added the flushing agent, and idled the engine for about 4 minutes.

After draining the oil again, I proceeded to removed the oil filter
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Unread post #6 by joey81 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:26 pm

Do not buy this oil filter wrench or any other type that requires applying force from the side.
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It will work only if you first remove the from the car.

Beer, anyone?
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Plenty of spillage when I removed the oil filter
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The air filter after blowing with compressed air
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Unread post #7 by joey81 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:35 pm

One of these days I'll have the engine washed
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And the used oil goes in to the empty container. For delivery to Jayl sometime in the future.
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The engined seemed to run a bit quieter after the procedure. Or am I only imagining things?
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Unread post #8 by joey81 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:40 pm

Now for the brake inspection.

The jack's rod also makes for a handy breaker bar
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Computerized brake pad inspection
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The front pads are still thick (more than 3mm)
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But the rear pads are almost gone
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Unread post #9 by joey81 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:53 pm

The metal clip seems to be too long and will hit the disc when the pad runs thin
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Is this by design? The clip is made of hard, springy steel. Probably harder then the disc face.
Can I grind it off to make it shorter?
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Re: DIY Vehicle Maintenance

Unread post #10 by bugel » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Thickness gauge ng brake pads yan para alamo mo kung kelan ka dapat mag palit..
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