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right, ive changed the oil today after a few months of the engine soundin a bit ill, only to find when i drained it there was only about 1 litre of the horrid black stuff in there :confused: and thats after letting it drain for 20 mins after about 20mins thrashin, the engine is a 1.6 sohc and i swear it should hold more than 1 litre, i bought a 4.5L bottle of oil and put about4L in and that sits at just below the max mark on the dipstick thats how it should be right???
 

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yes just under the mark is fine, how often do you check your oil level??
 
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once every couple of weeks but they have been ok all the time, just thought it would be a good idea as the oil was blacker than the ace of spades plus the slightly noisy engine didnt help but now with the new oil it sounds a lot better
 

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im guessing you did the filter at the same time?
 
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no, imma do that tomorra as i got work in a lil bit dont have time, grrrr i hate my job, always gets in the way of the important things (car) but hey it pays the bills
 
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you didnt have time to change the filter? its a two second job, now your gonna have to drain it again to do the filter, just seems like a waste of time!
 
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You don't need to drain the oil to do the filter at all.
Not ideal leaving a old filter on, but won't do any harm for a few days.
I change my oil in astra every year, but have found even using fully synthetic that it is massively better when I use Wynns Valve Lifter lube, the last person in my car has treated both their cars with it too, and swears by it, only £6.99.
My astra developed a misfire when cold, wasn't plugs, leads etc etc, I thought it was plugs so bought some new ones, but a tappet was sounding noisy so put in above stuff, next morning start and from then on now two weeks no hint of a misfire, much more eager, idles much smoother where it was a bit up/down, and vibration has vanished, regained my "lost" 40-50 miles per tank as well.
It improved a zetec(30,000 from new, serviced regular fully synth), a rover/tvr V8 again full serviced a astra 1.4(mine) and a 2wd cossie.
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