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How to change the oil in my car
Oil is an essential part of a vehicle. It lubricates the various moving parts and keeps the engine running smoothly. If you do not change your oil every 3,000-5,000 miles, the oil will turn into muck and can cause bigger problems. Keep reading below for a step-but step guide of how to change the oil in my car.
Before you remove anything
The very first thing you need to do is consult your owner’s manual. This will ensure that you will pick up the correct oil and the correct amount. Pay very close attention to the numbers. They might be close, but the oil is meant for very different types of engines.
You are ready to change the oil
Step 1: Put your vehicle up on jacks
This way, you have easy access and plenty of room to work under your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for the jack points as well.
Step 2: Find the drain plug and place the oil drain pan underneath
Make sure that your pan is large enough to hold all the oil that is in your vehicle.
Step 3: Remove the oil cap
Remember where you put it as you will need It later! This also allows the oil to drain faster.
Step 4: Remove the drain plug
As you are unscrewing it, hold some pressure until you are ready to quickly pull the plug away. This will help get less oil on your arm. Wait several minutes for all of the oil to drain out. Then put the drain plug back in.
Step 5: Remove the oil filter
Make sure that the pan is still under your vehicle as oil might spill out of here.
Step 6: Take some new oil and rub a little on the new filter
This helps the new filter create a tight seal.
Step 7: Put in the new oil filter
Read the box to make sure you do not turn the filter too far as you are screwing it back in.
Step 8: Put in the new oil
You can use a funnel or stick the neck of the bottle into the hole.
Step 9: Put the oil cap back on
Remember that cap from step 3? This is where you need it again!
Step 10: Start the engine
Check for leaks under your vehicle.
Step 11: Turn off your vehicle, wait a few minutes
Once you have waited a few minutes, then check your oil level to make sure it is high enough. The dipstick will tell you the correct amount to have.
Congratulations! You successfully changed the oil in your vehicle!