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Ok... I've got my 8mm square bit and 27mm socket coming tomorrow... and hopefully the filters and drain plug washers coming tomorrow as well. Not only will this end up possibly being my first time changing my oil myself (unless the weather sucks and the driveway is wet), but I've never even SEEN a car get an oil change with a cartridge filter like the ForTwo. Only ones i'm familiar with are the screw-on filters where you have to add some oil to the filter, and rub a bit around the seal to moisten it a bit.
I've been trying to find some pictures of the engine so that I'd have a better idea and might not have to ask at least one of these questions... but apparently they are all avoiding my Google searches... so I guess i'll ask away.
1) I know on the 451 the oil drain plug and i believe the oil filter were both facing the rear of the car. I believe i've already read that the filter on the 453 is on the front side of the engine. Is the drain plug also towards the front or is it at the rear easily visible from the back of the car?
2) After draining the oil, i'm assuming there will still be a fair bit of oil inside where the filter resides? Enough that i'd have to potentially worry about it running out, or no?
3) After changing the filter, do i have to still add some oil to where the filter is, or does that area get filled up when the oil is added to the engine?
Again... sorry for what seems like some pretty stupid questions... but like i said, never changed the oil myself, and have never seen the oil changed in this type of setup.