20th September 2011, 13:52
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Hey guys, with help from this forum, I changed my oil last night. It went about as smooth as could be expected for the first time on this car and working on ramps. Whenever I buy a used car, one of the first things I do is change the oil. I feel better knowing that its been done. The filter I removed was not an OEM filter and was stamped "Made in South Korea" and had the date "2-19-11" also stamped on it, so I'm assuming the oil has been changed sometime since 2-19-11. That being said, the oil seemed extremely dark and loaded with carbon. Wondering if this is normal for these cars? If it is a sign of the wrong weight having been used? Or did someone only change the filter and not the oil?
Also, regarding other maintenance, I have 2 cabin filters on order and am weighing options for air filter replacements. The iDrive is saying that our brake fluid flush service is overdue. Is this as simple as bleeding the brakes and adding new fluid until the new fluid comes out of each bleeder? Also, is all Dot 4 brake fluid good enough or should I buy that from the dealer? I did a search here and found very little info about flushing the brake fluid.
One other thing, I noticed this plactic piece hanging down under the car. It was in the center of the car, at about the rear of the engine and it was riveted to the bottom of the undercarriage liner. It had been mostly broken off but there was one small part left just hanging there by 1 rivet. I removed it completely because I didnt like the look of it hanging down. Any idea what this was, what its function was and if its necessary? Should I replace it?
Thanks guys. I love this forum and am addicted to reading it! I learn something new every time!
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