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where to put the oil in to fill up?

Discussion in 'Bay Tech Clinic' started by will shelley, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. will shelley

    will shelley Member

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    hey guys this might sound like a stupid as question but i have had my kombi for 1 year and it hasnt needed new oil and the dipstick is showing it might need to be filled up sometime soon. but where do you pour the oil in? its a 1974 model
     
  2. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you need to get a service/repair manual REAL quick. How manny k's or miles has the bus done in the last year. Oil is not like petrol where you fill up when you get low or run out. It needs to be topped up.
     
  3. Quincy1874

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    Find the engine (it's in the back) . . . ;)

    There is a big spout looking thing at the front to the right, twist off the lid, pour in oil. Easy!!


    But really, you need to also change the oil filter. . . Where is the filter I hear you ask?
     
  4. Nicholas

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    jeeze yeah, top up/change your oil more then once a year! :eek:
     
  5. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Perhaps an oil change instead of a top-up may be good!
     
  6. Rossco WA

    Rossco WA Member

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    How many K's did you do in the year?
     
  7. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I'd second that! :)

    And no matter how low the km's are, do it at least every 6 months.;)
     
  8. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Why?

    I only change mine once per year as per VW instructions.
     
  9. Quincy1874

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    Depends how many km's you tick over I guess....
     
  10. courty

    courty New Member

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    Were lucky, ours leaks that much that we never have to do an oil change, just keep topping up..... :)
     
  11. KombiMadness

    KombiMadness Well-Known Member

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    Phill, you're kidding right? I'm sure no one has to explain to you the benefits of frequent oil/filter changes on the longevity of any engine, but especially oil/air cooled engines... and the fact that oil is cheap; engine rebuilds are expensive...

    As for following manufacturers instructions - Saab recommends 15000 Km intervals (as do many other manufacturers these days). Saab 95 & 93 models have a well known oil sludge problem that can stuff the engine (the sludge in the bottom of the sump blocks the oil pick-up) . The cure? More frequent oil changes (surprise, surprise!)

    My mate's wife has a newish diesel turbo beemer (manufacturer recommended oil change interval 30,000km!) that just out of warranty, stuffed the turbo, 6k rebuild - the engineer that assessed the problem found a number of causes, one of which was the oil.

    It doesn't matter how 'fancy' modern engines get, at the end of the day the internal moving parts still work the same way they did 100 years ago - i.e. metal parts moving at very high speeds against each other causing a lot of heat! The oil lubricates the moving parts minimising wear but also dissipates the heat, again minimising wear. Over time carbon deposits in the oil and the actual molecules breaking down (because of the heat), means it cannot lubricate or dissipate heat as efficiently as before.

    Will, learn how to do an oil/filter change on your Kombi and do it regularly... :)
     
  12. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    I see no problem in changing my oil every 2,000kms.
     
  13. Luckyphil

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    Perhaps Phil if you gave the full picture. Obviously your previous statement was misleading which bothers me. Of course if you do 2,000 ks per year you might not want to change the oil more than yearly. You are not helping anyone with cryptic answers and there is not need for that behaviour.
     
  14. DakDak67

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    Pop along to your friendly VW mechanic next time your service is due. Ask him/her if you could watch how the oil change and filter replacement is done. I've been a mechanic for 20 years and quite often have the customer standing by so they can do it next time. As other have said, grab a user friendly VW workshop book and do some reading, just to get an understanding of why oil levels and regular valve adjustments are so important with an aircooled engine. If this dosen't sound like something you want to do, just be sure to get your bus in for regular servicing.
    Cheers, Dak.
     
  15. syncro

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    ..........and that's between 2 cars.

    I would rather change my oil at 15,000kms than than change it at 5,000kms using cheap oil and non VW filters.
     
  16. spearsy

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    Good advice Dak:)
     
  17. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    The thing about using a good VW mechanic instead of diy if you are not mechanically minded is that the mechanic checks the car over while the oil is draining.

    It will also stop you getting a shock at rego time when they find lots of repairs.
     
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  18. Alpal

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    In Sunny Melbourne (Victoria) we do not suffer the indignity of annual road worthy inspections. RW required only when selling! Otherwise driver responsibility to keep car on song..
    ? Does Vic or NSW have better road accident statistics from these different approaches ?
     
  19. Grantus

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    I ignore the VW recommended intervals.

    My pair of T3's get oil change and filters done at 5,000km intervals, performed by my brilliant VW specialist, at my request. (It's also good to have another pair of eyes & ears have a good look around, or attend to a symptom I describe at the same time).

    Over servicing?

    I request it, and happy to pay.....

    As KombiMadness has already stated:

    "oil is cheap; engine rebuilds are expensive..."

    I fully agree. ;)
     
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  20. Mordred

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    As for the annual inspections or inspection before sale, I too would like to see the difference in acccident statistics regarding roadworthy vehicles including Tas which has only compulsory inspection before rego. True there are some horrorshows on our roads (but I have seen quite a few on the mainland too), but we don't have to suffer the indignities of being told our original Sopru conversions aren't compliant, or the seat belts in the back fitted into the factory seatbelt mounts need an engineers certificate.

    That said, pre sale inspections for those who wish to sell a car might help to reduce the incidence of people getting ripped off, Oh hang on, you can get an inspection if you dont think you feel confident in making an informed decision. It is your choice, so really if you don't and take the risk, sometimes you are going to pay. Another example of a "Bonehead Law", a law primarily there to save the boneheads from themselves. Seatbelts are a good example. If you don't wear one you have a higher risk of dying in a crash. Proven fact. We make it a law so that you lessen the risk to yourself. But it is your responsibility in the end. If you don't wear one and you die from injuries that you wouldn't have got if you were wearing one, is that anyone's fault but your own? Same with cars, if it isn't roadworthy you put yourself (and everyone else) at risk. If you want to live with yourself after damaging some one elses pride and joy and\or their body, as well as your own vehicle and life go right ahead, but remember it might be another bonehead that hits you for the same reason.

    Rant over

    Adrian
     
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