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How to Change Oil

Introduction

Car is a complex organism that requires timely care. Changing oil in your car regularly is a very important thing that you want to do to prolong the engine's life. Unfortunately, many drivers skip this duty, but you can't postpone it for too long because it will start causing problems sooner of later. As you know, it's always better to take care of things beforehand instead of fixing severe damages later, and that's what this article is all about. Without any further explanations, lets skip straight into it and learn how to change oil in your car and avoid serious problems in the future..

Do's

Tools and Instruments:

2 jack stands

Floor jack

Oil pan

Clean cloths

Funnel

Wrench for oil pan

Adjustable filter wrench

Oil

Oil filter

Plastic gloves

Guidelines:

  • The first thing you want to do is taking safety measures. Make sure the car won't roll back. Also, you should secure the forewheel with a brick or rock. After that, jack your car up and get your jack stands in a place. Give a car a good shake test to to make sure it's stable, doesn't roll back or forth and that the jacks are doing their job well.
  • Start your engine to warm it. You don't need it to be really hot because you don't want to burn yourself. Wait until it's warm enough to touch. Usually, a couple of minutes are enough.
  • Open the hood and take off the oil cap. Now, it's time to drain the oil. Get under the car and find the oil pan. It's typically located on the passenger's side of the car, right next to transmission but it depends on the vehicle. -Find the plug on the oil pan and use a wrench of the proper size to undo it. Place the oil pan you have right under it so that the oil can pour right there once you remove the plug. Loosen the plug, and once it's broken, continue removing it with your hand.
  • Draining the oil is a messy thing to do, so keep your clean cloths and rags close to wipe your hands and face if they are stained with oil.
  • Once the oil came out, you can get the plug back. Now, you are ready to replace the filter. It's located directly by the oil pan and usually white or black. Reach out and unscrew it. Usually it's not too tight so you can unscrew it with a hand, but in case you have some problem with it, you can opt for your adjustable wrench. Put the new filter on the place and avoid overtightening it. Check the place, make sure everything is tightened and cleaned up, and get out.
  • Go back to the hood, put your funnel in the place and start filling the car with oil. Put the cap back on and let the car set for 5-10 minutes. Done!

Don'ts

  • Don't overjack your car. Just make sure there is enough space for you to get under it.
  • Don't put the jacks on the plastic or other softer places on the bottom of the car.
  • Don't try to change your oil with just 1 jack stand. Make sure you use at least 2 stands.
  • Don't use an adjustable wrench for the oil pan to avoid stripping the plug. Use one of the right size.
  • Don't forget plastic gloves when you drain the oil! It can be pretty hot so make sure you wear gloves and don't burn yourself.
  • If you soiled yourself with oil, wipe the stains immediately because oil is pretty toxic and can cause damage to your skin.
  • Watch the washer on the plug! Sometimes it may fall off when you remove the plug.
  • Don't throw the old filter off. Put it in the box and recycle.
  • Don't forget to check manufacturer's instruction to find out how much oil your car needs.
  • Don't overfill your car with oil. Leave some space.

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Conclusion

Changing oil is pretty time consuming and messy job, but you'd better do it yourself instead of trusting it to youngsters on the gas station. Fortunately, the algorithm is fairly simple and you don't have to be a car guru to handle it. Just you our tips and pay attention to details. Good luck!

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