How to change your engine oil and filter
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When was the last time you were? change your oil? Here you can learn for yourself the correct oil change and filter procedure.
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First, check your owner’s manual to see what oil your car needs and how much oil it needs. You don’t want to give too much or too little, or the oil to have the wrong viscosity. Once done, go to the auto parts store to buy oil, filters, a box big enough to hold all the old oil, and any other tools. The parts store should be able to help you find the type of filter you need.
Safety is key, so make sure to wear both gloves and glasses. If you are using a rack or a ramp, tighten the tires and reserve a parking space brake. If a car is running, the oil will be hot. A hot engine is fine, but a hot engine can cause burns. Let the car sit for a bit before starting to flush, that way you won’t get burned from hot engine oil.
When you’re ready to start, open the filler cap at the top of the engine. That will help the oil drain faster. Below, line up the cans below the oil drain plug. Keep in mind that oil can leak out at a slight angle. Use the ratchet wheel to loosen the drain plug about halfway. Finish removing the drain plug by hand, quickly remove the bolt at the end. Clean the drain plug with brake cleaner to remove any metal or contaminants that may have built up there.
Once the oil has completely drained, add a new mash washer to the drain plug and re-tighten by hand until tight, complete with ratchet. Once it’s snug, turn the other half of the plug, but not more than that. Take a rag and wipe the bottom of the oil pan and the area around the drain plug.
Next, find the old oil filter. Remove it by hand or, if necessary, use a filter wrench. Be careful towards the end, keep the filter upright. It will still be full of old oil. Before you install the new filter, place a new ring of oil around the filter o-ring. You should also pour clean oil into the new filter first. That way, the oil can reach the engine bearings and other components more quickly. Reset the filter manually. Do not use wrench to tighten.
The next step is to add new oil to the top of the engine. Use a funnel to prevent oil from spilling out. Also, double check to make sure you’re putting in the right amount of oil. If you turn the bottle sideways or upside down, it will actually pour more easily and be less watery.
Once the appropriate amount of oil has been filled, close the lid and start the car for five minutes to allow new oil to circulate in the system. Turn off the vehicle and make sure it is completely flat or unplug the jack before checking the dipstick. You want accurate and uniform readings.
Pull the filament and wipe off excess oil with a rag. Reinsert the dipstick, making sure it is fully compressed before removing it and checking the level. There is usually one low and one high on the bar. Try to keep the oil high, but no higher than the high mark.
Be sure to dispose of used oil by collecting it in an old bottle, juice dispenser or water dispenser and taking it to your local auto parts store, mechanic shop or recycling center. friend. Don’t just throw the jar or container in the trash.
You can watch the entire process in the video at the top of this story.