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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Accessing oil filter

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After I bought my 87 graduate I changed the oil and filter. I used 20w 50 oil and a fram ph 16 filter. The car had been stored for several years so I also used a turkey blaster to remove as much of the brake clutch fluid to replace with new dot 3.

I mentioned I bought these ramps for the front so to remove the oil drain plug was easy. Removing the oil filter from the bottom was a challenge. Is it easier to replace from the top.

I have it in my garage on a trickle charger. Should I put in a gas additive.

Hope I am using the right product and making right steps.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 06:15 PM
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I've never been able to get the filter out from below. I remove the air filter box to get at the filter. Fram doesn't have the best reputation but it will likely be OK. I prefer to use Purolator.

You probably don't need a gas additive. Fresh gas is all it needs. I do occasionally add Techron fuel injection cleaner. It won't clean gummed up injectors but it might help keep them clean.

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my filter never came out from below, 'till I put in new mounts (the engine had sagged) ....now it comes out easy.
Might be worth checking your mounts?

filters are designed to come out from below.

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Stay away from Fram. Stick with Wix.

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REFRESH CONNECTIONS BEFORE REPLACING COMPONENTS
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I use to have my oil filter changed from the top, but it's kind of an inconvenience to do it.

Check out this thread that I started on using smaller filters accessible from the bottom.

https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spi...ge-bottom.html

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my filter never came out from below, 'till I put in new mounts (the engine had sagged) ....now it comes out easy.
Might be worth checking your mounts?

filters are designed to come out from below.
From my understanding, most filters used for the Spider's are changed through the top by removing the air box.

I just prefer to use on that can be accessed below but it is just a preference.

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You might want to change your engine oil again. If it's been sitting for a while, the new stuff probably stirred up a lot of gunk that had settled in the pan. Same for the TX and Diff as well. For the brake fluid, fill with clean fresh fluid, then bleed the brakes, pumping 'till clear fluid comes out at each corner (RR, LR, RF, LF in order). That will move a LOT of brake fluid, so be sure to keep the reservoir topped up. You could drain the reservoir twice more just clearing out the old fluid.

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Slowcreek - Thanks for the oil filter video. Time watching was very well spent.

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