How do I change the oil?

Cars do require frequent oil changes, usually every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on the vehicle model.

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When is the oil changed?

They are usually replaced every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on the car model.

What kind of oil do you need?

Oil: The type of oil varies by the make and model of the car, so check your car's manual or check online for the type you need.

Oil filters: These vary from car to car, just like oil. Check your car's manual or consult an auto parts retailer online.

Nitrile gloves: Always use nitrile gloves for oil changes because they are durable and resistant to oil and fuel.

Oil pan: Used to collect old oil from discharge.

Torque wrench: Certain auto fasteners require a torque wrench to ensure that they are tightened into the correct position.

Ratchet with drill: A sleeve kit is a mechanic's best friend.

Rags: Important to wipe off oil and keep the work area clean.

How to Change Oil: 5 Easy Steps

Filling oil is as easy as filling windshield washer. Changing the oil takes more time, but is still a very challenging job. It is best to do this when the oil is warm (but not hot), as it is easier to flow and therefore easier to drain faster.

01)Check the oil drain plug

●Changing the oil requires drilling under the car to reach the oil pan and sometimes even the oil filter. Therefore, jack stands or ramps may be needed, just some way to lift the car safely.

Do not work under a car that is supported only by a car jack. They are good for changing tires, but not for working under a car.

●The oil pan and oil filter may be protected by the chassis, so grab your kit or sleeve kit and loosen the screws, bolts, or whatever is holding the chassis in place to remove it. Check for leaks or cracks before proceeding. If there are cracks and leaks, have your car inspected by a mechanic.

Note: If using a ramp, remove the car from the ramp after removing the bottom plate, as you will need to place the car on a flat surface when changing the oil. If using jack brackets, make sure the car is level up.

2)Oil discharge

●After removing the chassis, you will be able to see the drain plug (also known as the oil pan plug) and perhaps the cylindrical oil filter housing. On some models, the oil filter is located next to the oil pan underneath the car, but on others, it is located at the top and can be seen by opening the hood. Although the process of replacing these types of filters is different, the process of discharging oil is the same.

●Before opening the oil plug, remove the fuel filler cap, as this will allow better oil drainage. Also, place your oil container in place to avoid spilling mucus on the floor. You can then loosen the drain/sump plug and the oil will spray out when you pull it out. Place the stopper in a safe place and allow the oil to drain out until it becomes a trickle, which may take a few minutes.

03)Change the oil filter

●If your car has an overhead oil filter, simply loosen the fastener and remove the cover. This may involve removing the plastic bonnet first. Let the filter empty in the housing for one minute, then remove it and clip the new filter in the same way the old filter was installed. Lightly apply the new filter with oil before placing it in the housing. When tightening the lid, it may indicate how much tightening is required, so be sure to set the torque wrench correctly.

●For the oil filter located under the car, you will need the oil filter removal tool. Loosen the oil filter until the oil begins to drain from the oil filter and remain in the oil pan. After the flow decreases, unscrew the oil filter. Lightly oil and install the new filter (make sure it has a rubber O-ring washer, it can still attach to the old filter).

Note: Make sure to wipe oily surfaces or spills as you go.

04)Add new oil

●Put drain/sump plug back and tighten. Make sure it is firmly in place but not screwed too tightly. Then you can start adding new oil. Remove the oil filler cap and add new oil. You can collect the spilled oil with a rag.

●Even if you are refilling the oil, add the right amount at a time and check the dipstick when filling to the correct oil level. Remember to wipe down the dipstick each time to get an accurate reading, and of course recover the fuel filler.

05)Replace the bottom plate and tidy up

●Put the chassis back in place and tighten the fasteners. Ensure that the discharged oil is stored safely for the next trip to the tip for proper disposal. Check the engine compartment and under the car to make sure all tools are in place and everything is in place.

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