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  1. porndoguk

    porndoguk New Member

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    hiya guys im pretty new here i signed up a few weeks ago when i had to upgrade from our 307, to a Zafira B. im a bit of a dab hand with cars bikes etc, but im stuck on the oil filter scenario,

    i have my engine cleaner, filter, seals, washers, and nice oil, but have no idea where the filter is and how i get to it

    so far trawling google i found many places saying remove the plastic tray under the engine bay, so far ive removed 8 T20 torx screws and the tray is fixed on behind the wheels etc, and still seems like its a bit excessive

    i have no idea wether im doing something wrong but surely like the polen filter being installed in a shoddy place behind the glove box (blocked and unservice previously), if it takes this long to remove the dirt tray each time i guess its never had an oil change!

    if anyone could help id be very happy thanks for your time

    Ricky
     
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    porndoguk New Member

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    ok perserverance is the key,

    ive done it,

    there are 4 philips screws that when jacked up enough or even better on a ramp will drop down an access flap,

    however i did the jack option and you either need to get car 12inchs of the floor or remove the whole tray, to remove the whole tray there are 8 T20 Torx screws, and 4 press stud clips, 1 x T20 in each of wheel arches put the steering on full lock both side to gain access, there are also 2 x black presstuds which need the middle pokeing out the tubular bit will fall onto the dirt tray and will NEED to be retained for refitting.

    once undone its should drop bend the side and pull forward easy peazy leom squezy! it might need a jetwash like mine did, its a good idea to check for leaks and build up on it, good indicator as its where it will drop etc.

    any way, sump drain plug is a 13mm and the filter houseing is a 32mm, the rest is easy really, let the engine run for 10mins, and then drain into a large pan, i use an old cat litter tray,
     
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    just a quick note to help you, as you unscrew the filter housing oil will flow out of that spout thingy and if you are underneath it will go all over you or up/down your sleeve, good luck. i used 5/30 special long life oil changes are every 20000 miles so worth paying a bit more.
    Have you changed the fuel filter yet? another simple job made very difficult!
     
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    not yet next on the list of things todo,

    could you elaborate, i think this forum could do with a how to section on difficult vauxhall repairs!
     
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    zaffidrj New Member

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    the fuel filter is located on the back of the engine, but you have to remove the plastic tray which covers the wipers etc. Then you can get access to the filter, but unless you can fabricate a tool( three prongs) you will need a special tool to unscrew the cap thats after removing the top fuel pipe and electrical connector. Good luck
     
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    i presume i have to prime the system afterwards as with most diesels, but could you explain a little more on how to do it, and what colour is the filter housing is it the white one towards the N/S of the engine?
     
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    When I got mine i had a 15% discount then another 10% for a club discount from previous owners club
     
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    just serviced my zafira b today.

    Jacked up the car on the drivers side with a trolly jack.
    The previous owner never put the plastic tray back on so this was one less obstacle!However the oil filter couldn't be in a more awkward spot.When i undone the cover a few turns absolutely no oil came out the drain pipe which as you can guess made a right mess when i undone the cover fully(as mentioned above).

    The diesel filter is just as awkward to get to because of all the stripping of the plastic tray beside the wipers.
    the diesel filter housing sits in a protective metal shell thats bolted to the car and be careful not to yank it up and out as there is a wire connected to the bottom.
    I stuck the housing in the bench vice so it couldn't rotate as i undone the cap with a filter chain.careful if you do this as i didn't tighten the vice on it, it was just so it wouldn't rotate when taking the cap off.

    If you are doing this for the first time then allow a couple of hours as there is alot to do before and after changing the filters and best of luck with it and also as said before perserverance is the key.
     

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