Changing Car’s Oil
Not everyone can do their own car repairs, but some routine maintenance is easy enough for anyone. Changing the oil is one of the easiest things you can do yourself, either to save money or to practice self-sufficiency. Here’s how.
While the car people will tell you to change your own oil is incredibly easy, most of us ordinary people are still too hesitant to try. However, recently I ventured to try to change my oil myself. No discernible car maintenance skills and supervision for the first time, I might change my oil. Here’s how you can, too.
Collect basic information about your car
Before you get in your car, there are some key information that must first. You will need to buy oil (about 4-5 liters) and oil filter. To find out what specific types of oil and filter units need to buy, compare the information on your next car:
The size of the engine displacement (ie, 1.8L, 2.4L, etc.)
Type of oil (ie SAE 5W – 30)
The manual for your car can have most or all of this information. Your car may have a label inside that will tell you what type of oil you need. If you are not or can not find the information in your vehicle, Mobil Oil has a tool here that can be used to find the type of oil your car. He dresses a little with some obvious upsells, but the important detail is the type of oil (in the above format). Once you have the type of oil you can go to a store that sells oil (auto parts stores, Walmart, etc.) and buy this type of oil. Make sure you have enough to completely fill your car (your manual should tell you how much is required).
The oil filter is a little big problem because there is no standard naming system for oil filters. You need to know the information above (except the type of oil) to locate the type of filter you need. Most stores that sell oil filters have a book or a computer that you can use to find out what room number necessary parts from different manufacturers.
You can also use the auto parts stores online to find the oil filter you need. For example, Advance Auto Parts is a tool in place that will allow you to filter search results by year, make and model to get the part you need and order online. If you use this tool to search before buying in a store, make sure that not only corresponds with the part number but also the manufacturer or the brand (for example, an oil filter FRAM Xtra Tuff can not having the same number as part of an impressive Supa FRAM filter, despite being in the same company).
Once you are sure that you have the appropriate to oil and oil filter, you are ready to get dirty.
Step 0: Take your tools and prepare the car
Before you start changing the oil, make sure you have all these tools:
making the car
Jack means (for security)
Old towel / blanket to catch the bulk oil
oil resistant drain pan (must be resistant to heat, preferably with pico)
Before your car in a cat, it is helpful to run your car for a minute or two to ensure that the oil in your car is hot. You want your car when put on the cat, but if the oil is hot, that will flow easier.
Your car probably comes with a cat of some kind and in most cases, this should be enough to lift your car and work under him. If your cat can not raise enough car to put the oil drain pan underneath and still leave enough space to work, find a cat can. It is also a good idea to use a crutch to ensure that your car does not fall on you. Once your car is in place, you can start changing the oil.
Step 1: Change oil
The first thing you have to do is empty your oil. As stated earlier, you need to run your car a little before starting to drain, so that the oil is poured slowly.
Place the dish under the oil drain plug in the oil tank of your car (as shown above). You should be able to locate a lone bolt called the drain plug. This may seem different in several vehicles to check your car manual if you are unsure. Make sure the oil drain pan directly under this form and ready to take all the oil out of his car before proceeding.
Put on rubber gloves before continuing. The oil in your car will be very hot. Use a socket wrench to loosen the drain plug. Once loose, unscrew the drain plug from the rest of the way by hand. Once loose, try to remove the drain plug as soon as possible to minimize the oil spill.
Once the oil begins to flow into the oil drain plan, leave your vehicle is completely empty. Use a paper towel to clean the bottom of your vehicle. Replace the drain plug and proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Remove and replace the oil filter
You want to replace your oil filter below. Removing the oil filter, some oil still leave your vehicle, so be sure to move the oil pan under your oil filter. oil filters come in a couple of different types. Some are self-contained units which can be removed by hand. Other replacement filters are made of paper. To do this, unscrew a lid, slide the paper filter, replace the new and reseal. Be sure to check your car manual for specific information. Once your drain pan is in place, do the following:
Unscrew the oil filter. If your car uses paper filter, loosen the plastic cover and remove the old filter paper.
Let the opening completely empty.
Clean the opening with a paper towel.
While wearing gloves, slide your finger in the oil pan and place the oil along the edge of the new oil filter (if using filter paper, skip this step).
Replace the filter and hand tighten the joint.
Again, make sure to wear gloves throughout the process. Although the amount of oil spill out of the filter will be lower in the oil container, you can still accidentally burned if not careful. Once your oil filter is replaced, clean the filter and the pan again to prevent drips (which makes them easier subsequent leakage spots).
Step 3: Fill your oil
Once everything is sealed under the car, you can fill your oil. The manual should tell you how much your car is required. If you purchased the parts store 4-5L jar, you should be sufficient for most vehicles, but always check to be sure. Most pitchers also have a measure in its handle that can be used to see how much oil remains. This is useful to see what has already paid. To fill your oil:
Remove the top of your car oil cap (the symbol of the oil, it will probably look something like that).
Place a funnel in the hole.
Begin to pour oil into the funnel until you added the amount specified in the owner’s manual.
Replace the cover and tighten by hand.
Once you have filled your car with oil, you can remove the cat and start the engine. Let run a little to the oil cycle through your system. After a few minutes, turn off the car and check the dipstick to ensure that the levels are where they should be. Do this by pulling the dipstick, wipe with a paper towel, re-inserting and pulling a second time. If the oil level is between the two points at the end, you’re good to go.
Step 4: Remove the oil in an approved facility
Drain the engine oil of a car in an unauthorized area is illegal and can have consequences, including but not limited to, fines, community service and imprisonment depending on your region. Fortunately, it is relatively easy. Many auto parts stores and service stations will allow you to bring your oil and dispose of it for you.
To facilitate transport, pour the old oil drain pan in the now empty container you bought your new inches of oil Once you empty the drain pan, seal the jar and take it to a store that accepts used oil. So enjoy your new car lubricated and feel good doing things for yourself.