Jul 18, 2008

How to Change Oil in a Car

Change Engine OilOne of the crucial items that you must not overlooked when it comes to maintenance is to change oil your car, following such kind of maintenance will not only maximize your car reliability but also prevent the key components of your car engine to suffer an excessive wear.

Basic steps on how to change oil a car

Before you start change oil your car, park the car first to a suitable area to where to change oil your car, preferably on a level ground. Apply parking brake and do the procedure.

Step 1: If your car engine is cold, warm it up by starting and let it idle until it reaches the engine operating temperature.

Step 2: When your car engine operating temperature is reach, turn the engine off and wait for 10 minutes to let the engine oil drain back into the oil pan.

Step 3: Jack up and raise your car. Place a suitable jack stand or a tripod underneath to support it. Step

Step 4: Open your car hood, loosen and remove oil filler cap.

Step Change Oil5: Locate the oil pan and place a large drain pan underneath the oil pan. Make sure that the pan can catch the oil coming from the oil pan when the drain plug is removed.

Step 6: Locate and remove the drain plug using a wrench to completely drain the oil.

Step 7: When the oil is completely drained, clean and re-install the drain plug, take note that you when you reinstall the drain plug you must use along with it a new drain plug washer.

Step 8: Tighten the drain plug with the specified torque approximately 29 to 39 Nm (22 to 29 ft-lb).

Step 9: Refill your car engine with the recommended and required amount of new engine oil.

Step 10: Install the oil filler cap securely.

Step 11: Remove the pan containing used oil and the jack stand that support your car, lower your car to the ground.

Step 12: Start your car engine and check if there is any leakage around the drain plug and correct it if necessary.

How to Change OilStep 13: Turn off your car engine and wait for 10 minutes.

Step 14: Check the level of your car engine oil using a dipstick, add a proper amount of engine oil if necessary.

Step 15: Close the hood of your car. You are set to go.

As I have always mentioned on my article, it is very important to change oil your car. This kind of routine must not be overlooked to maximize the reliability of your car engine.


louie of bacoor, cavite said...

Is it alright if i do not change the oil filter? Usually, when i change oil at the gas station, they recommend to change the oil filter also.

A2V said...

Hi louie, thanks for the visit.

Actually if you change oil your car you should also replace the oil filter, unless you change oil your car earlier than the required change oil period.

If you have any questions please do post your questions at auto forum to better answer your query.