How To Change Your Oil
It’s something inevitable that all car owners have to face: getting your car’s oil changed. However, changing your oil can add up. The good news is that you can save some money by changing your car’s oil yourself! All it takes is the correct identification of car parts and proper equipment.
The first step in changing your car’s oil is gathering all of the supplies required. In addition to the right oil, you’ll also need an oil filter, oil-filter removal wrench, wrench (so you can remove the drain plug), funnel, drain pan, and gloves to keep your hands clean.
If you’ll need to raise your car, you’ll need a floor jack and safety stands as well.
2. Preparing Your Car
When getting ready to change your car’s oil, make sure the engine and oil is warm. If they’re too hot, let your car sit for a few minutes so the exhaust system cools a little.
3. Draining the Oil
Locate your car’s drain plug, as this stage involves draining the oil.
Then, grab your drain pan and funnel. A common mistake many make is placing the drain pan directly under the drain plug. The key here is to place the drain pan under the drain plug, just not directly underneath it. This is because the angle of the plug allows the oil to come out at an angle.
Now is a good time to put your gloves on, as you’ll be removing the drain plug with a wrench. Be cautious here, as warm oil will stream out quickly once the plug is removed.
Once all of the oil is drained, tighten the drain plug back on, unless it’s evident that you need a replacement drain plug.
4. Changing the Oil Filter
The next step is to locate and remove the oil filter with your oil-filter removal wrench. Don’t worry, making a mess is bound to happen at this stage – just make sure to reposition the drain pan to collect any oil.
Place a coating of new oil on the gasket of the new oil filter to ensure the smooth installation of the new filter. Install the new oil filter, and tighten. Generally, they’re tightened three-quarters or up to a full turn after the filter gasket is in contact with the engine.
5. Adding Oil
Finally, you’ll add new oil. Make sure to add the recommended amount!
After the oil is added, replace the oil cap and start your car’s engine. The engine should run for about 30 seconds so the oil can circulate. After approximately 30 seconds, shut off the engine and check underneath your car for any oil leaks. If there are any leaks, be sure to have the leaks repaired.
You can now lower your vehicle. Properly dispose of the old oil and filter, and you’re done!
Once you get the hang of changing your car’s oil, it should take less than 30 minutes. Changing your car’s oil can not only save you money, but time and trips to the mechanic. Plus, you’ll feel like an oil changing pro!