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Old July 7th, 2005, 04:18 PM
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Oil Change

I went to the local lube place because I needed a quick oil change. When I pulled in there the guy said he didn't have the right wrench?? So I was curious, what is the correct size needed to drain? Probably a very simple, stupid question. Thanks anyways!
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Old July 7th, 2005, 04:24 PM
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A big adjustable is what I use. And the oil filter is a very common size, same as a many Fords.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 04:25 PM
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I went to the local lube place because I needed a quick oil change. When I pulled in there the guy said he didn't have the right wrench?? So I was curious, what is the correct size needed to drain? Probably a very simple, stupid question. Thanks anyways!
Nah. He has the right wrench. There is no special Defender wrench. I'll bet he's changed the oil in a 90 before and doesn't want to deal with the mess all over his garage.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 04:33 PM
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I just use a big honking open ended wrench.... I think 1 1/4" but DON'T quote me on that.

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Old July 7th, 2005, 04:59 PM
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1-1/8 " open end wrench for the drain plug. Be sure to replace the copper washer on the drain plug.

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Old July 7th, 2005, 06:05 PM
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I'll second the 1-1/8" open end. I recently bought one to keep in my tool box.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 06:42 PM
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ah! now i know what i brought that wrench for,i keep seeing it in my tool box
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Old July 7th, 2005, 07:38 PM
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Thanks guys, he actually didn't want to change it because he said it was "too high" and he couldn't reach it and it would splash everywhere. Seems to me I'm just going to go buy the wrench and do it myself. Any recommendations on oil ? It's got 75,000 miles and also has the rimmer supercharger, if that changes anything. Full synthetic all the way but just wondering what you guys use.
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thats pretty bad, the dude works changing oil and doesn't want to get his shop dirty.? Then again I don't change oil as much as they do. I would take it somewhere else or do it your self. Just my 2$ worth.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 08:22 PM
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You can reuse the copper washer. Heat it up to red hot then cool it in oil to anneal it. Works great. Make sure all surfaces are completely dry and clean and it won't leak.
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If you hae a TDI, the wrench size is 17mm. As for oil, I would go with Mobil 1. I think they have great synth products.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 12:32 PM
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If I need to replace the copper washer, where do you guys get yours?
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Warning: Cheap Bas$%^ reply for entertainment purposes only:

I almost never replace the washer. It's there to "keep your Rover from leaking". So, if it's not leaking, I don't change it. If it is leaking, how in the heck would I be able to tell anyway? You think a washer around the drain plug is leaking more oil than a oil pan gasket with over 90,000 miles?

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You can get them from any Rover parts supplier at all.
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Old July 8th, 2005, 05:38 PM
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flip the washer and use a NAPA GOLD 1068
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Old July 9th, 2005, 05:25 PM
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Is this what you guys meant?
http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...de=09-306251-2
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That should work - although I dont remember paying $20 for mine. While its a big bolt, it doesnt need 50million ftlbs torque.
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I have heard the lug nut wrench is the same size but have not confirmed this.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 03:46 PM
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Standard alloy lug nuts (and I think the steel ones also) are 1 1/16". Oil drain plug is 1 1/8". Why rover has huge odd ball sizes is beyond me.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 04:49 PM
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That dang wrench wasn't easy to find. Neither Lowe's or Home Depot had one and it took me two other hardware stores to find it. Finally got it at Ace, which always has the stuff I need for the rover. Why I didn't go there first is beyond me. It's a big honkin wrench though.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 04:56 PM
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Next time, try Sears Hardware. If the last person to change the oil was a shop it might be socked on there pretty tight, too. There is a learning curve with respect to getting the oil drain plug off without burning your hand on the exhaust or dropping the plug into the pan. The easiest thing for me has been to let it drain into a cat litter box bottom or plastic dish pan and then poor it into the empty new bottles for recycling. I tried those special "oil change" pans at the automotive sotres, but they get all gross and the oil seems to get all over the outside. You're also supposed to put the new oil in first before you remove the old oil filter. The large open collecting pan helps with this, too, although I've never been able to get the old filter off without spilling a little oil on the steering link in front of the diff. Good luck, and remember - a little oil on your skin never hurt anyone a little oil on your skin never hurt anyone a little oil on your skin never hurt anyone
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