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With 2,100 miles on the 09' it was time to change the oil, it was'nt that big of deal, the hardest part was getting to the oil filter. I could not pull fully on the ramps because the tires are too wide. The best way to get to the filter was to take the plastic engine cover off (just remove the oil fill cap and pull the cover off) and remove the dip stick, then you have a clear shot. To take off the oil plug you will need a 15mm socket. Here's some pics. I'm sure alot of you have already done this, but for those of you that have not I hope this helps. :thumb: I spent a total of about $40.00 bucks. The engine and the oil filter together will hold 5.5 qts of oil.
 

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I changed my oil filter from under the hood with a very large pair of chanel lock type pliers.Very easy to get to :thumb: ,and to also install the new filter by hand.I use Fram filters because they have a decent grip surface on the end,and because they also are a great supporter of racing.
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:thumb: I don't want to offend the do-it-yourselfers..but what is the cost savings from the quick oil change places? At $40? It would seem a better deal to have it done, and you wouldn't have to spend all that time...time is money. Plus, you would have more time for: :beer:
 

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Tim said:
You can't get a Mobile 1 oil change at the dealer or quick lube place for $40.
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I pick up a six of Mobil 1 at Costco or BJs and a Wix filter for less than $40, and it takes 20 minutes. Never trusted what they really put in. My sister in law has a Toureg, that has to have synthetic, had STS do it. After her enginge seized they realized STS never used synthetic and had to pay VW $12,000 to put in a new engine.
 

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You should always use a TOP GRADE of oil filter that has an anti-drainback valve. This keeps the oil from draining out of the oil lines through the filter which allows for engine destroying dry starts. You can tell the difference when you start the engine on cold days. Without the anti-drainback valve, the engine tends to rattle at the rocker arms for about 30 seconds until the oil pressure builds back up in the lifters. This creates premature wear to engine components. I suggest the Fram Tuf-gard or the Pure 1 filters. A dollar or 2 more per filter saves you hundreds later. :cheers:
 
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