Kit change

VIDEO: Meyle Oil Change Kits

Published:  10 October, 2014

Meyle explains how its Oil Change Kit works on a Mercedes with automatic transmission

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  • Top up and flush out 

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  • The right blend 

    Two performance gear oils from Morris Lubricants are designed to save fuel and improve performance. Lodexol MTF 75W-80 boasts outstanding cold start fluidity as well as high temperature stability. It can be used in manual, automatic and semi-automatic gearboxes in various marques, including BMW, Honda, Ford, VW and Volvo. Lodexol FR-X has the same capabilities as the previous oil and is also said to improve fuel economy and protect gears at high speed or when under heavy load - this is designed for manual gearboxes in Peugeot and Citroen cars. The firm supplies more than 800 products, made for specific engines and cars. Spokesman Adrian Hill says it's vital to educate motorists about using the right oil, he says: "People get in the habit of buying the same oil every time without ever really thinking about it. We need to educate people about using the right type of oil and the difference that can make to the way the engine performs."

  • Clean and protect 

    A drained engine can hold up to 15% of the old oil so it makes sense to flush through the system before an oil service. Forte suggests using its Advanced Formula Motor Flush to cleanse the system of lacquer, varnish and sludge. This is also designed to neutralise the acids that build up in oil as it breaks down over time, keeping the new oil cleaner for longer and also helps to free sticking piston rings, hydraulic valve lifters and VVT systems. A Specialist Injector Cleaner addresses injector contamination in petrol engines. An Oil System Protector meets all relevant specifications and is compatible with all crankcase fill oils and helps to keep new oil effective for longer.

  • Engine specific oils 

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