|Rover 800 825 KV6 Petrol Engine Oil Change.|
Car: Rover 800 825 KV6
Years: 1996 - 1999
These are the oils listed on the Recommended Service Lubricants Chart that came with the cars when new.
Unipart_______Silver 10W-40 Part-Synthetic
BP__________ Visco 3000
_____________Super S 10W/40
Shell_________Helix Plus 10w/40
_____________Helix Ultra 10W/40
Some of them may have had their names changed by now as this list is from when the car was new. Others may no longer be available.
& From the Rover 800 Owners Manual.
'Use any brand of 10W/40 engine oil meeting the minimum specification: RES.22.OL.G4 or ACEA A2:96
Oils within these specifications are suitable for use in the temperature range -20°C to +30°C. For continual operation in climates where temperatures usually exceed or fall below these limits, seek advice from your dealer.'
Most of the oils in the list above are Semi Synthetic oils, and you should be using at least semi-synthetic oil, although we prefer to use Fully Synthetic oil. Fully Synthetic oil is much harder to find in the 10w/40 rating, and so we normally buy and use 5w/40 Fully Synthetic Oil.
Oil changes are quite straight forward and easy to do. First put the car on ramps or jack up the car and support on axle stands, to make the job easier. Then just remove the drain bolt from the bottom of the engine, catching the old stuff in a bucket, you can also put some newspaper or an old mat on the ground in case of any overspill. Wear some rubber gloves and try not to let the bolt fall in the bucket. (if it does use a magnet on a piece of string to get it out or drain the oil into a tub, but your new tub won't be empty yet, as you can't fill the car without the bolt back in place!).
Allow to drain fully, then replace the bolt & washer before you put the new stuff in from above!
To refill the oil on the Rover 800 KV6 engine, it takes 5 litres (if you have replaced the oil filter as well), so is very easy to do, as no measuring is required, just buy a 5 litre tub.
Transfer your old oil into a container and dispose of it next time you visit your local refuse tip/amenity for it to be recycled. Do not pour any oil down the drain.
Prior to changing the oil, you can add a petrol engine flush to the old oil if you so choose. This will help to remove any muck and residue build up. This helps clean the engine and can free up any sticking valves. Petrol Engine Flush is available for about £3 - £6 depending on the brand and where you purchase it. Most of these engine flush liquids require you to run the engine at fast idle for 10 - 15 minutes prior to the normal oil change. (Always allow the engine oil to cool for a short time afterwards before attempting the oil change).
Although the easiest way is to simply catch the old oil in a wide bucket or container, you can also place a container and funnel into a bucket, to save transferring the oil from the bucket to the container later. (unfortunately the funnel would not quite fit in this case!)
Once you have your container at the ready and with rubber gloves on and rags at the ready, only then should you undo the oil sump bolt.
When removing the bolt by hand be ready for the sudden gush of oil. This is where a funnel would of helped! Although the rag that was being used to wipe around, was used to clean this container at the end.
After the oil has stopped dripping give the area a wipe and reinsert the bolt & washer.
Tighten up the oil sump bolt.
If you are changing the oil filter as well (and it's always worth doing if you are changing the oil) then you need to loosen it first with an oil filter removal tool, these are usually quite a simple device. Although a little difficult to use in the confined space, the filter was unscrewed on the Rover 800 without the need to remove the plastic wheel arch guard.
You will lose some oil from the filter as you remove it. If you can, once you have loosened the oil filter a little with the oil filter removal tool, insert a rag underneath the oil filter to catch any oil as you unscrew the oil filter further by hand. Then keeping the oil filter with the open end upright carefully remove the oil filter out of the gap. (To make the task easier for yourself, you may wish to remove the wheel arch liner before you start, but it can all be done, whilst leaving it in place).
The new MG-Rover Oil Filter. These only cost a couple of quid more than fitting after-market oil filters, so we think it's always best to pay that little extra and fit an original manufacturers part.
Use a few drops of your new oil and smear it onto the rubber washer on the new oil filter.
Lightly screw the new oil filter in place.
As the oil filter begins to become tighter to turn, use a pair of gloves to turn it through a further 270° (3/4 of a full turn) to tighten it up fully.
Use any 10w/40 Semi Synthetic or 5w/40 Fully Synthetic oil, depending on how much you wish to spend.
If you have bought a 5 litre tub, and have replaced the oil filter, then you can just pour the full 5 litres into your Rover 825 with no need to measure. Easy.