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Is there any chance someone could post an idiots guide to changing the oil and filter on a ST.
Your help would be apprciated as the access to the filter looks a bit daunting and is there a need to remove the undertray? Thanks.
 

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I have got k&n GenII on my car so it is a lot easier. Not haveing to remove the standard airbox. Also when i do a change i like to put in an engine flush. It tells you to idle the engine for 15 mins at 2000rpm, This seems like for ever and i dont like doing it. So i put the flush in when i am driving the car and drive slowly for 10 mins then im ready.

You need to remove the standard air box. This is the worst part it is tight and you will no doubt have sore hands and cut fingers, Think it took me about an hour to prise it out of there. Im sure you have to also remove the ECU which is on front of the airbox this is on with 4 torx screws the bottom one is hard to get to.

Once this is removed get the car jacked up and remove the sump nut, Remember the oil mabe still hot. I use an old basin to drain the oil into. Once the oil stops i can then lower the car down till its level to get all the oil out.
While waiting on the oil draining you can remove the oil filter, You need a big spanner here think its 36mm. Once off replace filter with new one, Give it a firm push in and replace the rubber filter seal. Put a small amount of clean oil around rubber seal to stop the rubber from twisting when you put the filter back on.

Once all the oil has drained you can replace the sump nut. Some people put on a new washer i dont. Now top her up.
 

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QUOTE(ST tyrone @ 17 Jan 2010, 02:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Also when i do a change i like to put in an engine flush. It tells you to idle the engine for 15 mins at 2000rpm, This seems like for ever and i dont like doing it. So i put the flush in when i am driving the car and drive slowly for 10 mins then im ready.

Personally i wouldnt touch flushing oil with a barge pole! Its ok if youve got a sidevalve lawnmower but has no place in the world of modern engines! Also Tyrone, driving it with flushing oil in it is a real no no! They tell you to leave it ticking over for a reason! The engine is not subjected to the same forces at tickover as it is when the engines under load (ie. driving!). Im sure Ford would frown on the use of such oils! While you are doing the change i would recommend fitting a magnetic drain plug though! >>> http://www.magneticoildrainplugs.co.uk/?gc...CFUYA4wodejkirA <<< this will help trap any small particles of metal that are carried around the engine by the oil and can be simply wiped clean at every oil change! Be careful doing up the oil filter cover as its only made of plastic and looks very easy to cross thread too! Also make sure you get enough oil as the ST takes about 6.4 litres with a filter change! (This is also worth remembering when draining the oil! Nothing worse than realising that the container you are draining it into only holds 5 litres once the oils flowing!). Depending on what sort of washer you have on the drain plug you can re-use it (if its a copper one simply heat it up till its cherry red then let it cool naturally) although if its the aluminium type i would replace it to be on the safe side! Dont do the drain plug up too tight either or you will knacker the thread!
 

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QUOTEPersonally i wouldnt touch flushing oil with a barge pole!

As long as oil serving schedules are kept up I dont think you need it.

If the engine wasnt serviced for ages then it maybe useful, although you might want to fill it with oil a few times to make sure theres no flush left!
 

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QUOTE(fishface31a @ 19 Jan 2010, 08:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Personally i wouldnt touch flushing oil with a barge pole! Its ok if youve got a sidevalve lawnmower but has no place in the world of modern engines! Also Tyrone, driving it with flushing oil in it is a real no no! They tell you to leave it ticking over for a reason! The engine is not subjected to the same forces at tickover as it is when the engines under load (ie. driving!). Im sure Ford would frown on the use of such oils! While you are doing the change i would recommend fitting a magnetic drain plug though! >>> http://www.magneticoildrainplugs.co.uk/?gc...CFUYA4wodejkirA <<< this will help trap any small particles of metal that are carried around the engine by the oil and can be simply wiped clean at every oil change! Be careful doing up the oil filter cover as its only made of plastic and looks very easy to cross thread too! Also make sure you get enough oil as the ST takes about 6.4 litres with a filter change! (This is also worth remembering when draining the oil! Nothing worse than realising that the container you are draining it into only holds 5 litres once the oils flowing!). Depending on what sort of washer you have on the drain plug you can re-use it (if its a copper one simply heat it up till its cherry red then let it cool naturally) although if its the aluminium type i would replace it to be on the safe side! Dont do the drain plug up too tight either or you will knacker the thread!


That was a mechanic that told me he done it this way. I've just did it the once with the ST, Dont think i'll do it again then. I thought a flush was a good thing. I have the magnetic drain plug.
 
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