Having maintenance done on your car can get to be a pricey endeavor. Anything that you can do yourself will save you money. Changing out your Volvo crankcase oil filter is relatively easy, as long as you have the tools, and will collection pan (summer to dispose the oil), the space, and the time. Changing the filter without changing your oil is not recommended, so get ready for a little bit of a project.
Got the Right Filter?
Always check to see that you have the correct filter for your vehicle. In your owner’s manual, you will likely find a chart that details specific part numbers. When in doubt, you can check with an online car parts service representative.
Step by Step Oil Filter Change-Out
Step One – To find the crankcase filter, look for the air filter housing. Most often, this can be located in front of the O/S corner of the engine bay. Once you've found it, you're ready to move on.
Step Two – Holding the air filter’s housing cover on are a number of fasteners. You can now begin loosening those.
Step Three – Carefully locate the air filter. You need to very closely note its position within the housing. Position noted? Okay then, it's time to remove the air filter, so go ahead and do so.
Step Four – Thoroughly clean the air filter housing. This should take a couple of minutes. You're doing this because you want to make sure that any loose or loosening dirt particles and old oil do not find their way into that nice new crankcase filter that you're going to install. It's a good idea to make sure that the housing's interior is super clean to ensure that no debris or particles are stuck inside.
Step Five – After finding the crankcase filter, locate its retaining clip and remove it. Generally, inside the air filter housing, you will find the crankcase filter. Once the filter and plastic housing have been removed, the old crankcase filter can be removed. Before plopping that new oil filter in place, do yourself a favor and compare it to the old filter. Do they look the same? If they're different, you've got the wrong filter.
Step Six – Once that new crankcase filter has been put into place, it's time to refasten the retaining clips holding on the plastic housing. The air filter can now go back in place, making absolutely sure that you put it back in the exact same position as it was in when you removed it. (You may recall, in step three, we mentioned noting the positioning of this filter.) The house covering over the air filter can now be put back on and the nuts that hold it in place can be screwed back on as well.
See there, you actually can change out your oil do not filter without the need for a mechanic. But again, if you don't have the right tools, space, etc. it's best left up to an experienced mechanic.
Make sure that you only use genuine Volvo parts in your Volvo. Any other part, though it may claim to be compatible, runs the risk of potential failure of not just that part, but can affect other engine parts around it.