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MG MGF Technical - Sowing wild OAT's

Having paid hundreds of beer tokens for a 5 year service and got the belt change done, I resolved to do further routine services myself in future. A few weeks ago I set aside a morning to change the oil and coolant.

oil change was easy once the engine cover was off and the car raised a little on axle stands, although there is very not much hand room around the filter. In order to unscrew it, I used the old trick of driving a screwdriver right through the filter body to act as a lever. Why dont Halfords stock oil filters for MGFs?

Now for the coolant change. I have read all sorts of warning about mixing antifreeze types but wanted to use the latest OAT technology in my 97 VVC and so not have to do the job again for a while. A bit of research on the net told me that most problems with OAT in older engines had been experienced with diesel engines and could be avoided by thorough flushing. So I drained the coolant, refilled with fresh water and warmed up the engine. This was repeated three times to be sure and then the final fill and bleed.

I topped up the level slightly when the engine cooled from its road test and so far there have been no problems.

Two hours sitting in a jam on the A41 on the hottest day of the year, followed by a dash round the M25 to Stansted was the probably the most severe test it will get and its still OK so I seem to have succeeded.
Brian

>Why dont Halfords stock oil filters for MGFs?

They do, at least they did like 4 months ago. The filter is much easier to get at from below
Will Munns

Hi Brian,
I purchased an oil filter from Halfords for my VVC MY2000 only 1 week ago. I got them to trawl their computer and they came up with a Champion B104.
I tried 3 different motor factors for air filter and most seemed vague on the correct part no.
So, wait for it: I reluctantly paid a visit to my hated local MGR Dealer and using the information off an old servicing bill got one for 10 pounds including VAT, part no. UGFE 2334.
Well done on the coolant change I have yet to try this.
Cheers Chris
Chris

>Having paid hundreds of beer tokens for a 5 year service and got the belt change done, I resolved to do further routine services myself in future.

Errrm, ... how long did you need until you got this _good idea_
I used to take this already after my first DE dealer service ... trial.
(notice with usual apology: german sarcasm) :)

Oil Filter compatibility
@ http://www.mgfcar.de/oil/index.htm
Austin:
Maestro (XC) 1.6 MG Bj. 03.83-08.85 72kW, Maestro (XC) 1.6 MG Bj. 03.83-08.90 73kW, Maestro (XC) 2.0 EFi Bj. 10.84-08.90 83kW. -----
Land Rover:
Discovery I 2.0 16 V Bj. 09.93-06.94 99kW, Discovery II (LJ,LT) 2.0 16 V Bj. ab 06.94 99kW.
Rover:
200 Coupe (XW) 220 GSi Bj. ab 05.94 100kW, 200 Hatchback (XW) 220 GTi Bj. 01.93-10.95 100kW, 200 Hatchback (XW) 220 GTi Bj. 09.91-10.95 103kW, 420 GSI/SLI/GTI/Vitesse (XW) Bj. 01.93-04.95 100kW, 420 GTI/GSI/Vitesse (XW) Bj. 02.92-04.95 103kW, 820 Bj. 10.88-10.91 74kW, 820 I/SI (RS) Bj. 01.92-02.99 100kW, 820 Hatchback I/SI (XS) Bj. 01.93 -02.99 100kW.

old Leyland / Rover OE-Number: AAU8435
Mann&Hummel W713/15
Mahle OC237/1
etc, etc.

Diameter app. 78 mm - height ca. 85mm - Thread UNF 12/16 x 16

Sourced a bulk of them at ebay recently.
Dieter K.

I use Unipart GFE36 which I used to use on a Maestro Turbo.
Blue Pocket Rocket

>> Two hours sitting in a jam on the A41 on the hottest day of the year, followed by a dash round the M25 to Stansted was the probably the most severe test it will get and its still OK so I seem to have succeeded. <<

Great work Brian :o)
Rob Bell

Actually, I bought a filter from a local motor factor with no problem. That's why I was surprised that Halfords had nothing to offer.

I expected more comment on the OAT antifreeze, has anyone else made this change.



Brian

This thread was discussed between 11/06/2004 and 14/06/2004

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