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Do you change the oil and filter in your S40/V50?<p>I'm about 50/50 with my cars. Curious what others do.<p><br>
 

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Re: Do you change the oil and filter in your S40/V50? (treacherous)

I don't know how to answer that. It is not done at the dealer, I take it to an indi shop. Thing is, I own the indi shop that I take it to. So technically, I change it myself, at my own indi shop, but one of my techs does it anyway, not me. Hmmm, I guess I'm option 4.<p>BTW, Snap-on makes a nice 36mm shallow socket for the filter can.<p> Al
 

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Re: Do you change the oil and filter in your S40/V50? (treacherous)

Filter is accessed from the top, and it's a bit of a bugger to wriggle it out of it's hole. Not bad, just not super simple. It's a cannister filter, with a black housing.<p>I think we charge about $12CDN for a filter. Hengst filters, and Elf 5/40 synthetic is what I use.<p> Al
 

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Re: Do you change the oil and filter in your S40/V50? (Al Canuck)

If Volvo would have tipped the canister just a bit more farther forward it would make things SO much easier. Getting the filter cartridge in the housing, then getting the cap started into the cartridge AND threading the cap onto the housing via the brail method is very trying at times.
 

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Re: Do you change the oil and filter in your S40/V50? (POWERSTROKE)

i get free oil / filter change with dealer so yea i let them do it. but i do my own intermediate service every 7500 km.
 

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I started Seams Perfect Auto Upholstery & Trim, 3.5 years ago in Surrey. We specialise in vintage BMW interior manufacturing and restoration. My background being mechanics, I started doing complete BMW restorations as a sideline business a couple years back. This past February, I had the opportunity to purchase Classic Image Auto, which is a general repair shop, and has been in Surrey for over 10 years. Now we're combining both businesses into Pacific Auto Restorations Inc. European specialist shop, VW and BMW primarily. I'd LOVE to do some more Volvo work, but we're right across the street from Ed Schramm, the oldest, and largest indi Volvo shop in the area.<p> Al
 

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Re: Do you change the oil and filter in your S40/V50? (treacherous)

You can get the case (I think it's 10) of the filters for our S40/V50s.<br>I got a case from Boston Volvo last year. They were on sale & I got 'em for not too much more than $8 each. They have the crushable washers also.<p>Yea, ain't it a treat to get to that filter - and then to pull it out & put it back in. I'm afraid one of these days I'll break the air housing that needs to come off. <p>A 36mm socket at Snap-on? I wish I knew that last year - I looked all over, finally bought one use for axle nuts - it was about 2" deep so I cut it down to about 1" total height. It works nice. One less hassle!<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Do you change the oil and filter in your S40/V50? (treacherous)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>treacherous</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Once you have done it a few times is it reasonable 60 minute or less procedure?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I have not timed myself, but I would say it takes me about 60 minutes, perhaps a bit less, including getting the car up on the ramps, getting tools & drop clothes out, and full put-everything-away & cleanup (except a shower for myself!).<p>You need a 25mm torx for the, I think it's 9, screws holding up the cover under the engine in order to get to the drain plug.
 

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Last time I did it, it took about 45 minutes, and that includes me having a beer while I waited for the draining to finish. I do have the luxury of a scissor jack to speed that part up though.
 

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Take's me wayyyy less than an hour and I only put the good stuff in Amsoil 5w-40 for Euro Car's at the moments <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Let me know if you guys need any, btw<p>Oh, do note, however, that I am missing my bottom cover thingy....not sure where it went but I suspect the tech's didnt put it back on one time <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> cause those things dont just "fall off"<p>As a side note.....do you guys think those things help with controlling airflow under the car and therefore make it perform better (not HP wise but aerodynamic/mpg wise)?
 

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Re: (POWERSTROKE)

They probably also help in maintaining a proper airflow around the engine.
 

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Re: Do you change the oil and filter in your S40/V50? (Mistral)

that's what I did with the wife's car, I change my own as I can use my own oil and I do it every 6,000 miles (up from 5,000) with Amsoil 2000. I know I know I can go a lot longer but old habits are hard to change.
 

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anyone know if after market filters you can get at Advance, et al, have the crush washer with them?<br>I'm going to take mine to a local shop and wanted to be sure the crush washer is included.<br>
 

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I change the oil in my V50. It gave me an opportunity to spend 60 minutes in a hardware store looking for about 6 $ worth of stuff (36 mm socket, universal joint for ratchet, etc.).<p>Takes < 1 hour, usually about the amount of time it takes to listen to one CD.<p>
 

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I've got some nice CDs so I might do this myself sometime. just wondering, does Volvo change the Filter every time or 2nd time? I give them 6 quarts synthetic and it's enough one time but , the next time it's not, then it is. after 1/2 way of my free "service " not impressed. seems pathetic that an upper class (to me at least ) car like a Volvo gets dynosauer grade Castrol every 7500 miles with am I right Filter change every other?
 

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Re: (V50_T5)

V50_T5, you bring up a few good points in life.<p>Others have commented that it's not a cheap car, and the price differential between okay and good oil is inconsequential, and the price of a new filter each time you do the oil is inconsequential, epsecially compared to large expenses involved if you don't take care the engine.<p>The dealerships make a lot of their cash by service. So they are likely to do stuff for a lot money, with as cheap of materials as possible.<p>Volvo's own brochures mention Castrol, so I can't blame a dealer for using Castrol.<p>6 quarts, or a little more? I think the manual says 6.2 quarts???<p>As far as doing stuff right, in the end I have found it's best to do things yourself if you can. You have the most vested interest to do it slowly and correctly and carefully. But civilization has a division of labor, so if you can't do it, that's cool, then you need to rely on others.<p>I don't know whether Volvo changes the filter each time or every other.<p>I do the oil every 5000 miles. That's somewhere inbetween Volvo's 7500 miles and more conservative people's 3000.<p>
 

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true bassmann, it's 6.2, but give them 7 and you don't get a drop back. just have to add some. next time it's closer to a quart low, but oil change # 3 it's back to just a tad low. <p>Volvo uses Castrol, and IF you pay the differance they will use the synthetic Castrol. may not change the filter unless you pay (and even then who knows) but that oil runs around $30 a quart over here , so I just get the Mobil 1 synthetic (tax free for $5 a quart) <p>not sure , if I'll continue. I think I'm going to take your advise , nice CD, nice lift for $5 an hr. and do it myself. at least I'll change the filter and do it as if I care.
 
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