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    Vehicle Oil/Air Filter change query

    There are so much unwanted information by googling.
    Just wanted to get some more opinions from guys around here..
    I'm planning to go for MOT for my diesel ford. I normally tend to change Oil/Air filter during MOT and a full service. Last year i did the same and it ran 6k miles now. Car is now 7+ years old

    due to money constraints, i thought to avoid oil change /air filter change this year. Few queries
    1. Is it mandatory to change Oil yearly and do full service yearly for diesel engines?
    2. Any advice or checks to be done during MOT as I felt its cheap to do everything at one stretch.

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    Check what they are doing on the service, it is often just fluids and lights and things that should be obvious to a competent driver.
    The MOT will check the vehicle is safe.
    You could change the oil without changing the filter every other change, but the saving is minimal.
    Much routine maintenance can be done by anybody who is capable of passing a driving test, this includes oil and filter changes, so maybe ask somebody to show you how its done and save money for the rest of your life.

    Also shop around, best deals unlikely to be from major chains.


    Edited by: "melipona" 15th Mar 2011

    Your handbook should tell you when the service intervals are. They vary with milage done but usually if the service is to be done new oil would be added and this should mean a new filter fitted too.

    6000 miles between services seems low. I think the deisel of my Peugeot 206 is 12000 between services but it does vary between cars. If the service isn't due yet it doesn't seem worth doing unless you have an issue. Oil, oil filter, air filter, sparks (on a petrol) would be the norm for a standard service along with checks but its more down to the milage than years. I didn't change the air filter on my petrol 206 last service because it was still very clean but if ya change oil ya need to change the filter too.

    Handbook is the best reference otherwise pop into Halfords and sneak a look at the Haynes Manual for your car and see what it suggests for maintenance.

    Also you might want to look at using patented parts instead of the cars manufacturer. In most cases these are as good as the originals.
    Edited by: "CyDoNiA" 15th Mar 2011

    Just get the MOT done. The oil on its own can be changed for £29 at Kwik Fit, or ask your garage if they do it less.

    Get the air filter from a car parts place such as GSF, these are very easy to fit yourself, a few clips is all that hold it in.

    It is important to do oil/filter changes especially on diesels and at least once a year .I change the oil/filters on my Vectra DI just before an MOT and it has never failed on emissions and it done over 120k on a R reg plate, I think it helps towards getting through the MOT ,although oil and filters have nothing to do with the test .I used to change the fuel filter once a year too , but now every 2 years .It wont cost much to buy oil and a filter and even cheaper if you do the job yourself .

    If all you have done over the year is 6K then I wouldnt think you need an oil & filter change. But thats just my opinion. I am not an engine expert. But inclined to agree with peodude.

    Generally you should change your oil yearly, However you could probably skip air filter and oil filter and just change the oil, However the filters are relatively cheap so probably just as wise to replace them too.

    The oil quality degrades over time, Hence most services state for example 10,000 miles or 1 year whichever comes first.

    I would say if you are going to change the oil then the filter should be done aswell, but after 6k i doubt that either would need done, id maybe go up to 10k without a change.

    The MOT will check that the car is safe and do the emmissions testing, a 7 year old car will probably not be that bad, just small things, ball joints brakes (pads and discs) Light levelling etc, all easy DIY jobs if your confident

    shauneco

    Generally you should change your oil yearly, However you could probably … Generally you should change your oil yearly, However you could probably skip air filter and oil filter and just change the oil, However the filters are relatively cheap so probably just as wise to replace them too.The oil quality degrades over time, Hence most services state for example 10,000 miles or 1 year whichever comes first.



    agreed.

    It'll probably be cheaper to get an oil/filter service done at National Tyres, get a quote and compare.

    If you're only doing 6K a year then you don't need a diesel tbh - I'm guessing since it's 7 years old you won't have a DPF so that's one less thing to worry about on a low usage diesel!

    Original Poster

    thanks a lot guys.. gave like to the comments above
    I saw a full service + mot with Kwit fit at £185.
    seems Ok, but the reviews seems to be not that good. Any opinions?

    Yes avoid Kwik-Fit they will break something.

    getknk

    thanks a lot guys.. gave like to the comments aboveI saw a full service + … thanks a lot guys.. gave like to the comments aboveI saw a full service + mot with Kwit fit at £185.seems Ok, but the reviews seems to be not that good. Any opinions?




    Avoid them like the plague, use a proper garage that you can trust.

    ATS charge £39.99 for an oil and filter, its much easier than doing it yourself.
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