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Old 03-31-2012, 11:28 PM   #51
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First oil change - better sooner than later!

Ok, I decided on DIY for my first oil change, so I could document the process and check for the presence of metal shavings. On 31-Mar-12, OV had 2,022 miles on the odometer and 78% oil life left - and although I considered waiting longer, thought after 10 months and winter's short runs, I should change it "just in case" it mattered. Little did I know ... :( At first all seemed normal, somewhat dirty oil drained:

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Went to Advance Auto and bought a AC-Delco PF-48 oil filter, which made me feel good - like I was working on one of my old GM V8s back in the day. Saw Mobil 1 there for $36 for 5 quarts, thought that was kind of pricey, so headed to WalMart and bought 2 jugs there for $26.48 each, Score!

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Got home and drained the oil. Felt some grit on my fingers from the drain plug - not great, but a tiny bit of metal was to be expected.

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Went to take off the oil filter, and then realized I didn't have a filter wrench! And of course it was 8:55pm, so too late to go to an auto parts store. Well, I have strong hands, so gave it all I could - and got the thing off! It took about 15 minutes of trying, a couple of millimeters at a time. But I got it, not bad for 50-year old hands!

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After draining the filter oil, I checked the drained oil for metal particles. Well, I could not beleive my eyes when I poured the oil into another container for examination - metal pieces and shavings in the bottom of the container:

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So glad I did not wait another mile to change the oil. Also plan to cut the oil filter open and check for metal particles it may have trapped. Might be interesting to bring it to BBOMG4 in St. Catharines this summer to show the powertrain folks.
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Lesson learned: I will always change the oil in a new car after the first few hundred miles, no matter what the factory or oil monitors recommend, and no matter how much technology "improves." Imho the owners manual should inform people about this, so those who care will know. I believe it recommends the first oil change to be done when the oil life indicator says it's needed. In my case, at 78% left, that would have meant a lot longer driving around with lots of metal shavings and grit in the crankcase. Although I realize most of it would be trapped by the pickup screen and/or the oil filter, it can't be too good for the engine.

I also filled the oil filter full of oil before reinstallng, the result was absolutely no knock upon engine restart. Also, this is how much oil is left in the second Mobil 1 container after filling the crankcase to full:

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Will do another oil change this summer, hope to see only a minimal amount of grit and metal pieces.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:53 AM   #52
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Hi Paul! Good documentation on the Orange Vert oil change. There is always a great possibility that small metal fragments will be in the pan after assembly, especially with a cast pan such as these. If you have any concern at all you can go to a Caterpillar or "John Deere" store and go to their parts counter and procure an oil sampling kit. I did it and it cost me about 20.00 to send in the transmission oil sample. They will email you back the test results of the oil assay. It will tell you exactly what it is you are looking at. It is cheap insurance and a great tool for discovering early engine wear.

I had a brand new Ford E-350 ambulance with a 7.2 diesel making abnormal valvetrain noise and as it turned out the cam had gone flat and the cam followers/roller tappets were flattened out and shaving steel bits into the engine. Ford warranted the $10,000 engine without any cost to me. So needless to say I am a huge supporter of oil assays for engines, transmissions (stick and auto) and Rear differentials.

I just did a couple of mods on Orange Krate that I did DIY's on and I am going to do another real soon for a throttle body install.

I wish you and your wife a wonderful fun filled spring full of many rides of leisure! Be safe!

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Old 04-01-2012, 11:52 AM   #53
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Awesome idea, thanks Jim!

That makes a lot of sense, would be interesting to see what the oil quality is like as time and miles progress. So glad your engine was covered! I was thinking more about this last night, and bits in the oil pan are probably not an issue until they clog the pickup screen or filter, and oil can't get through to the splash on the main bearing. Therefore it looks and feels a whole lot worse than it is.

A year later and I still love OrangeVert !! Plus I have a new job teaching for a different computer company - waaaaay less stress. Took several months to find, hence my absence here. Also get to travel now to varying locations. So if I get any where near So. Cal., will let you know!

Would be awesome to meet you and OrangeKrate in person. Maybe I'd be fortunate enough that there would be a show that weekend. Any chance you'd be driving the 2,576 miles to Niagara Falls this August for BBOMG4? Geri and I will be there with OrangeVert, "only" 502 miles for us.

Best to you and your wife, Jim. And of course OrangeKrate too!
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:42 AM   #54
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Quick February Friday morning update while she "sleeps"... Catharine has been hibernating since January 6th.

It's Feb 2014. 3 months shy of our third anniversary - 6,250 miles. Only mods so far are the license plate bolts through the lower grille, and orange SS kick panels to prevent any more door scratches. Finally temps are in the 30's again, and every day I plan on taking off the cover to reveal orange. But every day there is more snow, and I end up shoveling the driveway, walkways, back of the house, etc. again. This morning, nothing but freezing rain. Hope to pull off the cover tomorrow (Saturday, 2/22) and give OrangeVert her mid-winter start/run.

Pics to follow, have to run to work now ...
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