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Old 09-19-2009, 04:35 AM   #151 (permalink)
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I'd say you're okay. I don't listen to any of those autoparts store people.
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:55 AM   #152 (permalink)
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ak, thanks for the writeup. did you remove your front spoiler to get the car on the ramps? i dont think i see it in the video. just curious.
I have never installed my front chin spoiler. Living in East Coast, I'll break it in few weeks. Therefore, it's easier for me to drive the car on the ramp.


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hey i had a question . i went to teh auto store and i tried buying some royal purple but the guy was saying royal purple is bad for the z or any import car. i just change my oil last month to royal purple in my 370z and im alittle concerned from wat he said. also i recently bought a 06 350z and he was also saying that they have oil consumption problems and may need engine replacement. he was saying those engine had a recall. does anyone know for a fact if wat he told me is true about the engine being recalled and if royal purple is bad for our 370z. he was saying syntetic oil is bad.
Some 06 350Zs had oil consumption issue. It has NOTHING to do with oil brands. If he is saying that synthetic oil is bad, you should try to ignore or avoid him next time you go to the store.
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:42 AM   #153 (permalink)
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oh okay thanx ima head back there and get the royal purple then. i hope the 06 350z i bought dont have that problem. when doing oil change is it okay switch to different brand oils everytime just to try them out or is that bad for the car
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i went to the filter magnet web site and there are 2 types is the extra 30 dollars worth it for the stronger magnet?
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thanks ak370z for the awesome write up. I just finished changing my oil and it was a piece of cake thanks to your detailed pictures.

on a side note: the guy at the factory who installed my filter must have had a bad day cause that thing was on so tight i had to punture it with a screwdriver to turn it and get it off.
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Default 2nd Oil Change - the good, the bad and the ugly!

The Good

The weather here was getting colder by day so I thought why not change the oil. This is the 2nd oil change. First one was done at approximately 36xx miles (I believe).

As usual, I bought the filter from K&N. I don't know if it's promotional offer or no, but the filter was on sale with FREE shipping! That was a good deal IMO because I only paid $11.70 shipped to my door step.

The magnetic drain plug did it's job wonderfully. I saw tiny metal fragments (shavings) stuck on the drain plug magnet.



I was NOT able to cut the oil filter to see the inside but I'm sure the FilterMag trapped the metal fragments to itself. Maybe I should look into buying a oil filter cutter?


The Bad

I was told by the BlackStone laboratory to drive the car on the highway for about 20 minutes to bring the oil temp up for the oil sample (for oil analysis). I take the plastic shred off and go out driving. I come back after 15-20 minutes. I have everything ready to go. Please note that I only had about 3-4 hours of sleep. For some crazy reason, I forgot that I have Magnetic drain plug. So, I'm loosening the drain bolt and on the last turn, I'm hoping the bolt will fall down in the catch pan(failed to realize the bolt is magnetic). But since it's magnetic, it got stuck at a weird angle sending oil ALL OVER MY BRAND NEW DRIVEWAY CONCRETE! At this point, I try to move the bolt with my hand and hot scolding oil almost burned my hands!

If you have the magnetic drain plug, MAKE SURE you physically remove the bolt with your hand on the last turn or else it'll get stuck by the opening, sending oil all over the place. (0h and sleep well the night before)


The Ugly


Okay that's my brand new driveway. I need those stains off immediately. What can I use? Any suggestions?





I am sending them a TBN sample (even though they don't need one as per instructions) because I just don't know how they can calculate the active additives if they don't have a fresh sample to begin with.

Overall, everything was just as expected. NO leaks or problems whatsoever. I just wait for the analysis report now.
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i use simple green when i have spills. sorry to hear about that magnetic plug sticking. sucks. i thought you were doing an oil change in a tornado. lol
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Take a nice clean concrete driveway or pristine garage floor and what does it become? A magnet for oil! Our customers are frequently asking us for advice on removing oil stains from concrete so we decided to dedicate an article to this common problem.

Concrete is very much like a big sponge. When oil is spilt it tends to soak very quickly into the concrete and so the longer you leave oil on a concrete surface, the harder it will be to clean up.

If the oil stains are fresh, the thing to do is to soak up the surplus oil with either sand, a clean cloth, kitchen tissue (making sure that you do not spread the oil and further stain the concrete) or kitty litter. In fact, any absorbent material will do provided that it does not react with oil. As soon as all the surplus oil is soaked up, either clean the concrete with a solvent like mineral turpentine, or use a proprietary brand of degreaser. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer instructions when using any brand of degreaser. Paint stripper is also a useful aid in getting rid of fresh oil stains.

Another method that has proved useful in the past has been to use engine degreasers on the stains. Spray or coat the degreaser onto the surface, leave for a short time (depends on the product, you must read the instructions) and then hose off with as much pressure as your garden hose will give. (Or use a pressure sprayer.) It may be necessary to repeat this process a few times and sometimes if the stain is quite old, the best result that you can hope for is a paler stain than you started with!
Using Liquid Magnet on the oil stains or Spirits of Salts, 1 part acid to 5 parts water have also been used with equal success. (Please follow all directions on packaging closely)
The options don’t end there. Another suggestion to remove oil stains is to make a poultice of two parts lime to one part mineral turpentine. You will also need a plastic supermarket bag. Simply mix the turps and lime into a thick paste (use rubber gloves and take the usual safety precautions that you would when using any chemicals), spread over the stain and cover with the plastic bag. Leave it for about eight hours. Remove and repeat if required.

Sometimes careful spot bleaching of stains will have a dramatic stain removal effect but make sure that the bleach you use stays only on the oil stain otherwise it will lighten the colour of the surrounding concrete and make the oil stain stand out as badly as before.

I have also known some people who use an acid wash on their garage floor to etch the surface. This “burns” into the surface of the floor.

I recommend that you go into your local Mitre 10 store and discuss these options and your product selection with a member of staff in the paint or automotive department.

Remember to place drip trays under cars. The old saying stands true, “Prevention is better than cure.” If you wish to have a clean garage floor or driveway, then you need to prevent the stain happening in the first place.

Written by Chris Bennett.
I usually use sand/saw dust to soak up the oil and sweep it away; assuming this is a fresh oil spill.
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Thanks guys. I may give this a shot. Thanks for the tips.

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i thought you were doing an oil change in a tornado. lol
Now that you mention it , yes there were winds blowing at 38 MPH!
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Okay that's my brand new driveway. I need those stains off immediately. What can I use? Any suggestions?



We use a yellow pine powdered floor cleaner in our shop. I've used it at home when I've spilled a few drops. You have to get at cleaning it right away. Concrete is very pourous and if you leave it too long, it will become almost impossible to get off completely. You can find this at a lot of parts stores. Gunk makes it and their part number (in Canada) is SW2.

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Best post ever,man. Very informative. Thanks for taking the time.

I'm re posting that link cause i thought it was extremely helpful as far as deciding the right filter.

Don't Use Nissan OEM Oil Filters (Long Post - Lotsa Pics) - MyG37


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sucks about your driveway!! just want to say though stopped at a local dealership and the gave me a few copper washers free of charge!
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oh okay thanx ima head back there and get the royal purple then. i hope the 06 350z i bought dont have that problem. when doing oil change is it okay switch to different brand oils everytime just to try them out or is that bad for the car
I got the same thing when I went in to o'reillys to buy some royal purple for my 370z. I was around 2400 miles and a 1/2 qt low. What they told me was that the nissan z engines break in period is 6k miles. He said the royal purple stuff is thicker than the regular synthetics and won't allow the engine to properly break in if you use it before the 6k mile area. Whether that's true or not I don't know. Thought's anyone?
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IT is always recommended to wait a little before switching to synthetic motor oil. Few waits 3000 miles, some 5000 and some will religiously wait 10,000 miles. I waited 3600 miles where some members here switched as early as 1200 miles. Though, the redline bottle recommended at least 3,000 miles. So, I'd recommend wait untill 4,000 -5,000 miles and then switch to synthetic oil.
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