One of the most important maintenance job your car needs is changing the engine oil regularly. You can do this easily at home by following very easy steps, you can do it quickly and without getting dirty. Doing this yourself will save you a lot of money and extend the life of your car.
If you are a DIY enthusiast this is a task that you can easily perform, don’t think that just because it looks rather simple, you don’t need certain “guidance”, believe or not, there are plenty of people out there doing it wrong, those who believe it is an ugly chore and those who prefer to overpay.
As the most important thing, your engine needs to “live long and prosper”, you should really learn how to do it for yourself, and no one is going to take better care of your car than yourself.
Changing your oil isn’t heart surgery, let’s be honest. This is something that you probably have done in the past and you simply need a reminder. Oil changing shops are constantly increasing their prices, so your budget will appreciate if you retake the mantle and get under your car.
Here it is, a step by step guide to help you accomplish this easily and without a hitch.
BUY THE RIGHT FILTER AND THE RIGHT OIL
This is the first and most important one because if you choose wrong you’ll damage your engine. Grab your owner’s manual and search for the type and weight of oil specific to your car.
Normally, your car manufacturer will recommend specific oil viscosity for that engine, and the best you can do is follow them exactly. Choosing your own preference over the manual’s recommendation will damage your engine, decrease performance and light up the “Check Engine” warning.
A good quality oil filter is the next important thing, back in the old days, Oil Filters were all pretty much the same. Nowadays they aren’t anymore. If the manufacturer recommends oil changes every 6000 miles or 3000 miles, you have to make sure to buy a filter appropriate to go the distance, simply put, don’t use expensive synthetic oil if you are going to cheap out on an economy filter. You have to make sure to check and double check that the filter you purchase was meant to run the distance your oil change requires.
According to Caroutfitter editors, There is a massive difference between a high-quality filter and a cheap one, but the difference in pricing is tiny. Now, if you are planning on using regular oil and committing to change exactly every 3000 miles, then, by all means, use the economy filter. But, if you are not going to be as “committed” as you think, then, go for long mileage synthetic blends, or full synthetic and a high-quality filter in order to preserve our engine from you… laziness.
It’s time to get hands-on…
CHANGING YOUR CAR’S OIL THE FAST WAY
If you have everything in order, the right oil and the right filter, then let’s proceed to the actual process of changing the oil.
First, you should buy some plastic sheeting, spread it on the floor, and drive your car onto it, this will help you prevent any spilling cleaning, just toss the setting away after you’re finished or keep it if you don’t have any spills what so ever.
Next, jack up your car and set the jack stands, and lower your car. A good tip right now is to place all the tools you need in a box or tray near you, so everything you’ll need is right within your reach.
The things you’ll need in the box will be:
- Box end wrench.
- Rubber Mallet.
- Filter Wrench
- Drain pan.
- New Filter
Before getting under the car, open up a bottle of oil and spill some of it on the new filter’s gasket, and now you are good to go.
Step 1: Remove the oil plug and let the old oil drain out. (Unscrew the plug and pull it away from the stream).
Step 2: Remove the old oil filter and install the new one (Pull of the old filter and the rubber gasket).
Step 3: After all the oil has been drawn out, screw the plug back on again and tighten it with the box end wrench and the rubber mallet. Just wipe off any drips with a rag and you are done (from under the car that is).
Step 4: Open up your hood, unscrew the oil cap, grab a funnel and pour the new oil.