Instructions for filter replacement
SPIN-ON oil filter replacement is always performed during oil replacement and is offered by practically all automobile workshops. During the SPIN-ON filter replacements it is recommended to follow the procedure given below for assuring normal filter functioning in the engine lubrication system, protecting from oil leakage or possible damage to internal engine elements.
- Lift the bonnet up and open the oil filler plug. Place the plug on the air filter cover or another flat surface (this is to remind you that the new oil wasn’t filled up)
- Unscrew the oil drain plug. If there are several of them, unscrew them all. Check the sealing of plugs. If damaged, replace with new ones.
- Unscrew the SPIN-ON oil filter using a special spanner, if necessary.
- Clean thoroughly the filter’s adjoining surface to the engine corp making sure that the old filter gasket doesn’t remain on it. Next apply a thin layer of clean engine oil upon the top surface of the new filter gasket.
Note: Do not ever use grease for this purpose!
- Tighten the new filter to the engine being particular about straight thread, screwing in. For engines with turbo compressor filling the filter with clean oil prior tightening to the engine may be required. Checking relevant recommendations of car manufacturer should be considered. Screw the filter in until the filter gasket touches the corp of engine and tighten it in accordance with indications specified on the filter or package. Usually it is ¾ turn or 1 turn. For filters in Diesel engines it may be more.
Make sure not to force screwing the filter exceeding recommended amount of turns.
- Pour the clean oil into the engine until reaching the level recommended by manufacturer and tighten the oil filler plug. Start the engine and make sure that the oil pressure indicator is off or check if the oil pressure reached the normal level on the pressure indicator if there is one installed in the vehicle.
- Stop the engine and check the oil level in the engine with regards to manufacturer’s recommendations. Replenish oil to the required level.
- Restart the engine and check for leakage around the filter gasket or oil drain plug.
Stop the engine and close the bonnet.
Make sure that the dismantled filter and old oil are placed in special containers for hazardous waste and utilised safely for the environment. Note that both used filters and oil must not be dispensed into communal garbage containers and transported to waste dumps!
Prepared on the basis of Filter Manufacturers Council – Technical Service Bulletin 93-3R1