How To Change The Oil In Your Car

Changing the oil in your car is surprisingly easy. Learn how, and save on your next visit to the mechanic!
Sherryn
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Published: Friday, February 17th 2017
General
Changing your oil should be a regular occurrence on your vehicle. As part of your car’s upkeep, regular maintenance like this is vital to keep your car running smoothly. If left unchanged, over time, the oil will break down and the filter will eventually become clogged. Depending on your car, as well as your , you will need to change your oil between 12 to 24 months. Learning how to do it yourself is somewhat easy. We will take you through the step-by-step way of changing your oil.

Step One

Make sure your car is parked, switched off, and secure. If you can, jack up the car so that you can be underneath it with ease. Always ensure that you are safe at all times and that there is no chance of the car falling on you, or something dropping out of the car onto you.

Step Two

Make sure you have a drain pan ready under your car to catch the draining fluid. Locate the drain plug, as indicated in the picture. You are going to have to unscrew it using a wrench. It might be a bit tough at first, but it will eventually loosen. Allow the oil to drain out into the pan. This might take a few minutes.

Step Three

Check the washer. If it needs to be replaced, do so. But, most washers can be re-used. Replace the plug, screw it back in, and clean up any spills or drips. You will now need to change the filter.

Step Four

Locate the filter. It differs from car to car, so you might need to look in the front or the back. Getting the filter off might be a bit tougher than the plug, so you may need to use a filter wrench. Be careful here, as the filter will have oil in it and it will come pouring out. It is easier to use a plastic bag to open it in order to catch the spilling oil. Keep the drain pan under the filter and allow it to drain out.

Step Five

Wrap the old filter in a newspaper and set it aside. You will now be fitting the new filter, so open your new oil and lubricate the gasket with the new oil. Screw in the new filter into where the old one was. There will be directions on the filter, so you can follow those. Make sure that you have lubricated the filter properly, as it will create a proper seal and will be easier to remove next time. Also, try and put a bit of oil into the filter. This will reduce the amount of time your car will take to regain proper oil pressure.

Step Six

Make sure that the filter is screwed on properly and that the plug is tight. You will now be adding the oil. Pop the bonnet and locate the oil filler hole. You can check your car’s manual to see how much oil is required. Pour it in smoothly, without it bubbling, and make sure that you don’t spill.

Step Seven

Replace the cap and check under the car to make sure nothing is leaking. Start your car for about a minute or two and keep an eye on the oil light on the dash. Switch off the engine and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Check the dipstick to see how much more oil is required. You can always put more if necessary.

Step Eight

Make sure you dispose of the oil and filter correctly. Get the old oil into a sealed container and take it to a designated collection site in your area.