Proper car maintenance involves changing the oil of your engine once in a while. It is commonly recommended that drivers should perform an oil change when your car reaches a mileage of 3,000 miles. Actually, even if you don’t drive your car frequently, you’d still need to change your engine oil every six months or so.
There are numerous reasons why you should personally change your engine’s motor oil. The truth is that you can easily do it yourself at your own garage. Not only will this save you money, but it will also give you control over your car, allowing you to explore its anatomy, function, design, etc. If you’ve already started familiarizing yourself with your car’s internal parts, then it should be easier for you to tell whenever any of your precious car parts need special attention.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ratchet (a.k.a. the jack stand)
- Oil filter wrench
- Draining container
- New oil
- New oil filter
- Pair of gloves
- Clean rag
Unless you’re a beginner, changing your engine’s oil won’t really take a very long time. As long as nothing goes wrong, this activity should just take you about half an hour to finish. Remember to never perform an oil change while the engine is hot.
1. Jack your car up with the ratchet; the engine should be off while doing this. The oil filter housing is located at the very front top of the engine. You’d need to loosen the oil filter housing cover.
2. The oil drain plug is located under the car, which should be near the driver’s side. Once it’s pulled out, it will leak the used oil. Position the container under the leaking oil. Wear your gloves to protect your hand from the upcoming grease. Prepare for oil release.
3. Release the plug. Let the oil flow out completely from the oil tank. When you notice that oil is no longer dripping, return the plug where it’s designed to be.
4. Next thing to do would be to remove the old oil filter. Loosen the filter using the oil filter wrench, and then slowly take it out. Be careful as there’d still old oil inside the filter.
5. Before replacing the old filter with the new one, you have to lubricate the rubber ring that is seen together with it. After lubrication, fill two-thirds of the filter with fresh oil. Filling the filter all the way up might cause you to spill some of the oil while you reposition it back to the engine. Screw up the new filter until it fits the engine firmly.
6. Once you’ve secured the filter back to its original position, you can fully fill the filter without any risks of spilling. Use a funnel to guide the oil directly inside the oil tank. Tightly place the cap back on.
7. Check the level of oil. If it hasn’t reached the limit line yet, you can add more oil as long as none of it overflows.
Once done, you’re all set to drive!