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How To Replace The Engine Oil And Filter

Espace Oil and Filter Change

This is a pictorial record of my 2.0 16v Petrol Renault Grande Espace oil change.
You follow this at your own risk, if it all goes horribly wrong for you it is your problem.

First make sure you have all the tools needed to do the job.
The front of the car will need to be raised to give you access to the sump oil drain plug.
The easiest way is on a hydraulic ramp, but it is unlikely you will have one of those.
A pair of ramps you can drive the front wheels onto is also an option.
Without either of these luxuries you're back to using a jack and axle stands.
Do NOT under any circumstances venture under a vehicle without proper axle stands, jacks break and you really don't want 2 tonnes of car on your head.
A trolley jack is quickest, I use a bottle jack, but theres no reason you couldn't use the car's spare wheel jack to raise it to a point you can put the axle stands in.

The Espace uses an 8mm square drive for the sump plug, I got one off Ebay for £4 + £2 p+p.
Gloves, oil is horrid stuff to get on your skin so use gloves. Marrigolds or if you have a Latex allergy like me Nitrile.

Oil filter remover. There are three main types, the chain or fabric band that wrap around the filter, the claw type or a hammer and chisel.
The former are difficult to use and I have found prone to slipping, losing knuckle skin is painful.
The claw type I recommend, cost around £15 but well worth it if only to save frustration.
Hammer and chisel are not recomended because they make a mess and leave lots of sharp edges to cut yourself on.

Oil catcher, some kind of pan to catch the oil , make sure it holds at least 5L or it'll go all over the floor.
Measuring jug and funnel, you'll need to see how much oil you put in, with a funnel less goes over your shoes.
Newspaper, to catch the drips, and a rag or two to wipe things down.

Then go to your local motor parts store and purchase
* Oil
* Oil filter
* Sump plug washer

I went to Halfords but your Renault dealer or another should be able to help.
Halfords lookup charts told me to get HOF266 ( oil filter) £7.29, 15W40 Semi Synthetic oil 5L £15.99 and a Renault sump plug washer £0.99.

So to work.....
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First make sure the handbrake is on, chock the wheels if needed.

I jacked the car one side at a time, placing the axle stands underneath with wood battons to spread the load.
Make sure you use the reinforced jacking points, shown on the Espace as half circles.

Wipe around and over the filler cap to remove any grit or debris, you don't want it falling in your engine.

Remove the filler cover on the top of the engine to prevent any air locks.
Wipe around the sump plug to clear away any debris and grit. Place your newspaper and oil catcher underneath the plug.
Use a ratchet and you 8mm socket to losen the sump plug, finish unscrewing it with you hand.
Do not drop it in the oil catcher or you'll spend the next hour trying to retrieve it.

The oil will flow out, leave it to drip.

As you see the oil filter on this Espace is some way up the side of the engine with some pipes below it.

Face facts, this isn't going to come off without coating the pipes in oil , you'll have to clean up as best as you can after the event.
Use a rag to clean on and around the filter, make sure your catcher is positioned to catch the spill.

Use you filter remover to losen the filter, then remove by hand.
Once the oil flow stops clean the filter mating face with a clean rag.

Lubricate the new filter with some clean oil smeared around the rubber seal, screw it on where the old one came off.
Be very careful not to cross thread it, it should screw on very easily.

Make it hand tight only, that'll do nicely.

Clean the sump plug with a rag, inspect it, you're looking for metal fragments in the old oil that may show bearing damage, hopefully there are none.

Using a new washer put the sump plug back in and tighten, but don't over tighten.
It is not a load bearing screw, it is there to stop the oil falling out the bottom of the engine.

Now we can remove the axle stands, reverse the procedure for putting them in and you should be OK.

Time to put the new oil in, Renault have been very good here and you should find a purpose built funnel in the cubby hole under the passsenger seat.

(There were even some latex gloves in with mine).

The position of the filler neck is right above the alternator/air con pump drive belt, you may want to put a rag over these to stop any spills getting on the drive belt.

Carefully measure the oil one jug at a time as you put it in. My Espace took 4.5L to take it half way between max and min on the dipstick.

At this point you need to run the engine for a couple of minutes to fill the oil filter, (Make sure all tools and rags are removed from the engine bay).

Let it settle for 5 minutes then check the level again, I put a further 0.5L of oil in mine to take it just below the max mark.
Do not believe the amount printed on the container, my 5L can actually contained 5.2L of oil , just pouring it in would overfill the engine with potentially dire consequences.
More info. on this appears on the Oil Bible site.

Put the filler cap back on and that's it you're done.
Check the oil again in a couple of days when you've driven about a bit to make sure the level is OK.

Clear your tools away as you go, when you've unscrewed the filter, put the removal tool away
This good working practice means you can find things when you need them and you don't keep tripping over tools.
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