DIY Oil Changes
How to Perform DIY Oil Changes
Changing the oil on a car is a very important and necessary step in order to keep the engine running smoothly and it is also pretty easy. Most motorists choose to do this procedure themselves instead of going to a mechanic and you can also do this task yourself if you pay attention to the following steps.
- Buy the right stuff. This might not have been an issue in the past, but with modern engines it is very important to buy the right kind of oil. The most crucial aspect here is getting oil with the right viscosity. This can be found out by looking for the recommendation in the car's owner's manual. Consequently, you also need to make sure you purchase the right kind of oil filter. Ideally, you will have a filter which is rated for the same distance as the oil before needing a replacement.
- Put some plastic sheets on the ground. There is little chance you will do this task without some spills so placing some sheets beforehand will make cleanup much easier.
- Put the car on a jack. You will need to access the oil tank underneath the car so it will have to be jacked up.
- Drain the old oil. Once you found the tank, place a bowl or something similar to hold the oil under it. Afterwards, pull the plug on the tank and let the oil drain out. You should also clean the plug before putting it back in.
- Replace the old oil filter. The filter needs to come off, too, along with the rubber gasket around it. Now you can fit the new gasket and the new oil filter. It is recommended that you oil up the new gasket before fitting it, but make sure to use new, clean oil. Once all the old oil has been drained, put in the gasket, the filter and then plug the tank again.
- Put in the new oil. Use a funnel in order to get the new oil into the engine. When you are getting rid of the oil bottle, make sure to put the cap on it so it will not spill in the garbage bin.
- Turn on the engine. Let it run for a while and the oil light in the dashboard should go out. Afterwards you can use a dipstick and check the oil levels to see if they are correct. If not, you can add more oil.