Have you ever thought about changing the oil in your Freelander 2 2.2 diesel without the help of a mechanic, but not known where to start?
In the Freelander 2 2.2 the oil filter is unfortunately quite a pain to get to and so is sometimes overlooked by mechanics. Trying to squeeze over pipe work with a belly full of tea isn’t an easy task!
However you’ll find the oil filter in the front of the engine, low down between the radiator and the engine block, with some pipework in the way for good measure.
Here is a guide on how to change the oil and oil filter on your Freelander 2 2.2 diesel.
1. Start by warming your engine, then turning your Freelander off.
2. To help drain the oil more easily it’s better to remove the oil cap.
3. Working underneath your Freelander now, remove the six bolts holding the lower engine cover on using a 13mm socket.
4. Place your oil tray underneath the sump plug to catch all the oil. Then remove the sump plug with a 21mm socket.
5. Once all the oil has been drained from the engine you can then remove the oil filter with an oil filter removal tool or a flexible ratchet spanner. The removal of an oil filter can be tricky and so proper tools will save you some frustration.
6. To complete this service, repeat the process in reverse, replacing the oil filter element with new one. It’s also recommended smearing some oil on the ring and the threads of the cover.
7. Make sure you use the EXACT oil recommended by Land Rover for the Freelander 2 2.2 diesel – it is VERY sensitive to the oil type, not worth trying a cheap equivalent. You will need 5.9 litres of Shell Helix HX7 Professional 5W-30