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How to service an MR2? 9 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 70
I spotted an article in this months Car Mechanics Magazine which has a step by step guide on how to service a Mk3 MR2 with pictures which looks kinda handy. I was wondering if anyone has or knows where I might get something similar for the Mk2 MR2? Anyone know of a website or magazine article, etc.....
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Good question Punky. Here is a very useful site with lots of information on that: www.mr2-tech.com/

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#12271
Re: How to service an MR2? 9 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 70
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Thanks for that link. I had it already and it is useful but I was looking for something more pictorial ie an idiots guide since I've never serviced a car in my life!!!
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I read this article myself, i can scan it in if someone with a MKIII wants it.
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I don't have a MKIII but you have me all intrigued now

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Punky1968 wrote:
Quandry
Thanks for that link. I had it already and it is useful but I was looking for something more pictorial ie an idiots guide since I've never serviced a car in my life!!!


Its not too bad at all - I had never done anything on any car I had previous to my first MR2 and got into it very quick.

What rev is your car ? turbo/na? The oil filter on a rev3+ is a bit easier to get at.

I can understand how it might be intimidating the first time. You'll think "but I've always brought my cars to the garage for a service". Then when you do it, you'll say "why the ^&%^ do I pay someone that much for that little work !!!"

If you're ever at any of the meets, ask anyone about it - seeing it there in front of you with someone to answer questions is always better than pics/guides.
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Re: How to service an MR2? 9 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 25
Had to service my 2 yesterday, first time doing so, mate of mine serviced it last time as a favour he owed me, spent an hour looking for the oil filter, thought I was going mad, couldn't find it anywhere, eventually found it under/ behind the heat guard, not visible at all from top or from under the car, can be awkward changing it, got it done eventually, mr2wiki isn't bad
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Thanks for the info. My motor is a non turbo Rev3 Mk2 MR2. If I can get to a meet it would be great to chat to the gang. Unfortunately 3 kids under 5 and based in Galway doesn't help but you never know.
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It is a good article will bring it to next meet up, if i can't remember to bring it into work
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Punky1968 wrote:
Thanks for the info. My motor is a non turbo Rev3 Mk2 MR2. If I can get to a meet it would be great to chat to the gang. Unfortunately 3 kids under 5 and based in Galway doesn't help but you never know.

I vote we do a service / instructional run to Galway, you buy the parts and I will do the service.

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Re: How to service an MR2? 9 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 70
Sounds good to me....but wouldn't drag you boys over unless there was something planned over this side of the country. But maybe it would be handier to do it on one of the other cars and add photos and then upload to the site...
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Punky, there may be plans for a run over there anyway, it was discussed a little while back. So ya never know, stay tuned!
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Punky1968 wrote:
Sounds good to me....but wouldn't drag you boys over unless there was something planned over this side of the country.

I am in Corofin on Sunday, where in Galway are you based. The work would only take about half an hour. I can bring all the tools if you are handy for that side of Galway or around Loughrea.
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Re: How to service an MR2? 9 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 70
Thanks for the offer which I would be more than happy to take you up on except that I am away with the wife and kids on hols to Killarney. Maybe if you were over another weekend we could arrange for it. I could bring along a camera and put together a step by step guide.
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No problem, I am getting Sunday of kiddy duty so going to spend the day doing MR2 stuff. Maybe I can wrangle another morning or evening to pop down soon and help / show you what needs to be done.
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No problem, I am getting Sunday of kiddy duty so going to spend the day doing MR2 stuff. Maybe I can wrangle another morning or evening to pop down soon and help / show you what needs to be done.


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What oil do you recommend for a Mk2 non turbo. Is it the 10-30 semi that should be used?
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I only use Castrol GTX can't remember the grade though.
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#12965
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the link below should give you all the info you need:

www.opieoils.co.uk/product-finder/car/en...roduct-finder-2.aspx
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Re:How to service an MR2? 9 Years ago Karma: 148
Best oil for a MK2 turbo is a semi synthetic, 15W30. Not sure for N/A, 10W40 might do. Eitherway, whether it is Turbo or N/A, Castrol Magnatec seems to be a favourite amongst MR2 owners. It gets right in there and works its way around all internals, even from cold. 75% of engine damage is done during warm up, so a good oil is essential. Castrol Magnatec Costs a bit, but it is seriously good, performance oil and it does work. A mile from Halfords type brands.

I am about to do a major service on my turbo and have a lot of stuff collected up and ready to go in. In that lot, is REDLINE, 15W30 Semi Synth oil, which came highly recommended to me for 15+ y/o turbo cars, and as im also putting in Redline MT90 gearbox oil, which is adored by the guys here, I can't really go wrong with Redline engine oil right? I hope!
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Re:How to service an MR2? 9 Years ago Karma: 217
I think my original link to Opie Oils might be for a tubby. Done it again for a G limited. They are recommending a 10W40 oil

www.opieoils.co.uk/product-finder/car/en...roduct-finder-2.aspx

there is a lot of debate over the best oil for the tubby but most people go lighter than 15W30. I put in Silkolene Pro S 5W30 fully synth the last time 'cause it was recommended highly on the OC
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Re:How to service an MR2? 9 Years ago Karma: 148
Sorry, Spanky is right, I said semi synthetic, but I actually meant fully synthetic. And, after double checking, the Redline oil I have is in fact, 5W30 fully synth. (Kudos Spanky) So, for an N/A, I would recommend 10W40 Fully Synth oil of a reputable brand, namely Castrol Magnatec, Redline, or if you are really desperate, Spanky Silkolene!
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SWAGGER wrote:
Sorry, Spanky is right, I said semi synthetic, but I actually meant fully synthetic. And, after double checking, the Redline oil I have is in fact, 5W30 fully synth. (Kudos Spanky) So, for an N/A, I would recommend 10W40 Fully Synth oil of a reputable brand, namely Castrol Magnatec, Redline, or if you are really desperate, Spanky Silkolene!

I'm better with the race grade stuff 'cause I don't drive like Miss Daisy is beside me in the car, Swagger

I'm not 100% sure whether you need to go fully synth on an NA. I think semi might be good enough. The better oil is more important in the tubby. I would stick to a good make though. Silky FTW
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Punky1968 wrote:
Sounds good to me....but wouldn't drag you boys over unless there was something planned over this side of the country. But maybe it would be handier to do it on one of the other cars and add photos and then upload to the site...

I agree, this would be a great help to novice MR2 owners such as myself. Then again I'm still feeling the hole in my wallet from a full service I got done recently so I suppose I would say that! I know I'll never be a mechanic, but I'd love to be able to do the service items myself. It's not even the money side of it (though that's a factor of course!) but I reckon I'd get great satisfaction out of doing it...then again I might not say that when I'm spending an hour poking about for an oil filter!!
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The only downside is that you are not contributing to your service history by doing it yourself.

In my opinion though, on a 15+ year old car, you dont buy by the service history, you buy with your eyes and ears. Look, listen, check thouroughly and so on, so if it saves a packet and feeds the passion and need to learn, do as much as you can yourself.
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SWAGGER wrote:
The only downside is that you are not contributing to your service history by doing it yourself.

In my opinion though, on a 15+ year old car, you dont buy by the service history, you buy with your eyes and ears. Look, listen, check thouroughly and so on, so if it saves a packet and feeds the passion and need to learn, do as much as you can yourself.



Keep the receipts of everything you buy, add the mileage and date that you installed the components and it forms some kind of history - better than nothing. At the end of the day, you don't need a mechanic to change plugs, oil etc.

When I bought my tubby last year, one the of first owners in England had kept every receipt from all petrol purchases to prove he only put Shell V-Power in the car ... anal!!!
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Jesus that is anal, but then again, some people love anal.
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Ive all the paypal receipts for everything Ive bought for the car, I was going to start recording my MPG each week and when I bought petrol so that it was visible to see when I drove more or harder etc over a period of time, I like buying a car off someone that is particulary anal, but it also raises the question that there is something that may need to be done to the car and the person is so anal that this something little is turning into a pain in his anal in his head, and he sells it instead of simply just getting it done, when i couldnt get my reverse lights to work i was particularily agitated and then there was the feckin cat and my fog, that was really agitating, at the moment its the fact that one fog is a different colour to the other thats pissing me off, so may try and rectify that on thursday, and i havent had a chance to wash my car which im planing to do tonight but I know if I do wash it tonight that its gonna be filthy before the show because of the rain but its due a wash so it must be washed, aarrgghh
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Re:How to service an MR2? 9 Years ago Karma: 148
Sit down, have a coffee and take deep breaths. Its ok man.
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