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    oh and make sure you get new washers for both the drain and fill plugs.

    if you remove the fill plug after a few days to check the level (you may be worried as it was your 1st time) then dont bother with a new washer - just make sure it's tight. I only renew the fill washer if it has been left for a long time. I dont take that chance with the drain washer though. if that leaks its more likely you will lose all your oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
    Also double check the sump plug everyday for a few days after you have done it to make sure you dont have a leak. park over some paper towel so you can see any leaks.

    oh and when at the dealer get a couple of spare sump washers (tranny and engine) so you have them in spare as the petrol you use to get them is more than the cost of the washers (gaskets).

    Oh and always buy your filters from the dealer. OEM filters are the satest bet as not all filters are made equal. My pug filters are many times better than the regualr motor factor ones and cost less (6 each). The air filter is also cheaper than most car parts places own brands and the fuel filter is only about 4 more expensive but hardly ever has to be changed.
    does sump = drain?

    and engine sump washers means the engine oil filter?

    pug filter = ?

    fuel filter... when do you change that?
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    lol

    by sump i do mean drain. The sump is where oil sits at the bottom of the engine hence te sump plug is the drain plug and the sump washer is the drain washer. If you look at the lowest part of your engine that is the sump. the drain plug is normally on the back face of this.

    so no engine sump washer does not mean the filter. it means the washer on the drain plug for the engine oil.

    pug filter = peugeot filter (my car is a pug 306)

    fuel filter intervals are generally a lot longer than oil and air filter intervals. the recommended milage/age will be in your service log book. If you repeatedly run the fuel tank into the red or are having poor starting or rough idling the clogged filter could be the cause and it is worth a change if it hasnt been done for a while.

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    alrighty. well if you click on one of the links above you can see the matrix forum with the pics of where the plugs are. i found them on my own car already. I think i can weasel my way under and drain it without the time and hassle of jacks.

    ill go get a 24mm compression washer, or just ask for my year/model washer and see if thats what I see in the pics.

    use that after I drain the tranny on the drain plug

    and then

    fill with my funnel tube thing. its on the top side of the tranny so I dont think ill need something to pump it in...will i?
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    no it should just pour in.

    When you go to a dealer for parts go armed with your VIN number as when i go for parts they use my licence plate or VIN number to check which parts i need (at the dealer). The washers should not need this though.

    is access to the fill hole easier if you take the wheel off? thats how I do mine. just do not everget under a car when its on a jack. I had a jack collapse once about 10 seconds after I crawled out from underneath (and it had no front suspension so it hit the ground!). I have also had a car knocked off its jacks by a van seconds after I got out from underneath!

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    my car seems to have enough clearance for me to weasel my way under it. i dont have anything but a single jack, no stands and no ramps. so I was gonna squirm under and do all this.

    from what I can see you can fill it thru the engine compartment, there seems to be room for it.

    the drain is the *****, having to get under the car.

    im off to work and the dealer on the way.
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    one way to improve clearance but keep the car level is if you have some nice wide and thick planks of wood then put them parallel to the curb and drive up onto them and the curb. YOu just have to me sure they are very stable and at least 50% wider than your tyres.

    Do not use bricks. This way you can get an extra 4-6" of clearance. The frontend on my pug doesnt let me slide under but when doing the engine oil the sump plug is on thr back corner of the sump so driving it up 2fastmr2's ramps actually helps drain the sump.

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    I never jack up the matrix to do oil change. Unless your car is low, otherwise there is enough room to get under it.
    Do not reuse the drain gasket. You can reuse the fill gasket without much problem/worry. Those type of gasket you can only buy at dealer and a performance shop/store. Typical autozone, pep girl don't have those gasket. Last time I change the tranny oil on my supra and the LSD diff oil, the part guy at the dealer give me all 4 gaskets for free. He just lazy to write up the invoice cuz I didn't buy anything else(well I bought lot stuff there so he probably know me by face ). I don't think the cost more than 50 cents a piece.
    By the location of the fill plug on the Matrix, you don't need a bump. A funnel will work just fine but may take longer. On my Supra, it really a ***** to fill the oil. I found it much faster to take the shifter out and fill the oil from there. The only problem is "the oil smell nasty" I have to take the roof off and leave it open for couple days to get rid of the smell.
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    I got the gasket from the dealer this morn.

    $1.26

    took 30 minutes to find and explain to the douche behind the counter. while he was out looking for it a manager came by asked if I was being helped, said not exactly and he got the part in 30 secs.

    Its just an aluminum ring, bout 3mm thick.

    Ill get my friends ratchet this weekend and get er dun. Maybe today Ill crawl under and clean the tranny with a cloth near the fill/drain plugs, just so I dont let any crap into the used oil (in case I need an extra drop to top it off) or into the tranny case.

    sooooo like a scrotum here it is in a nutshell:

    Step 1 - pull fill plug
    Step 2 - put something to catch oil
    Step 3 - pull drain plug
    Step 4 - cleanup the **** you spilled
    Step 5 - replace drain plug with new gasket
    Step 6 - stick funnel tubing into fill hole
    Step 7 - pour MT90 into funnel
    Step 8 - replace fill plug and gasket

    optional:

    Step 9 -
    Step 10 - profit
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    good grief man, just go get under the car and get it done!

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