Correct! See your Owner's Manual for the type and amount of gear oil to purchase.
It would also be prudent to flush / bleed the braking system of the old fluid and to change-out the engine coolant.
Thanks Max, that's what I wanted to hear! I've already been shopping around and reading the forum for fluid and other stuff recommendations so here's my shopping list (the wife will be so thrilled... ).
Engine oil: Pennzoil Paltinum SYN 5w30
Engine filter: K&N Pro Series
Air filter: STP SA10286
Air cabin filter: STP CAF1870P
As long as I'm doing the services I will try to do my best to make some kind of tutorial with pics to publish in the forum, the tutorials on my other car's forum helped me big time and saved me lots of money so I hope someone else can benefit from them.
K&N filters. Touted to provide increased air flow, but at a cost IMO. Independant testing shows that they don't capture particulate debris as well as others, thus are less restrictive. They are great for high-revving performance engine applications, just not the optimum filter for normal / daily driver use. A Fram or Wix might be a better investment. Purolator too.
STP filters in general...have read some on-line filter comparisons and they lack in performance and construction quality in general, their oil filter line at least. Possibly the other applications as well. FRAM gets a bad review as well.
Synthetic verses conventional motor oil. An age old debate. I'm all in favor of conventional oil changed at 3-4K. Removing contaminates and replenishing lost additives the bonus there. My 2.5 GV just accomplished 302K without ever entertaining any sort of internal engine issues on conventional 5W-30, FWIW.
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Didn't know about the K&N filters... Read some good reviews online and thought of giving them a try. I like to stick with OEM in all my cars but the only place I found that has the OEM filter they want $25+ shipping which I think is outrageous for an oil filter, gonna keep shopping for some fram or wix.
I know STP are budget filters but they are for sure better than the ones that are now installed and the prices are in both cases less than a half than a Wix, I know that you get what you pay for but particularly those two items I don't care if they aren't top notch so I'l give them a try and see how it goes.
Ahhh the syn vs mineral debate! Old as the planet! When I was a kid my dad used to use plain mineral 20w50 oil in his air cooled Karmann Ghia and Fiat 500 and I think neither of the engines were ever opened. I use synthetic on all my cars and never had a problem but I guess as long as you use the correct weight the syn vs mineral is a personal election (my dad would be telling me "you are paying more for the same" but still... haha!)
In my opinion, it's wasted money. Why?
- Quite expensive.
- Improved air flow, if actually present, is not necessary for stock cars.
- Have to be washed / re-oiled every service (more work to do)
- Over-oiling can lead to contamination of sensitive parts like MAF Sensor.
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