How To Change Your Car's Oil
Owning a vehicle can make you feel beholden to a mechanic. Because most of us are unfamiliar with the intricate inner-workings of a car, we tend to take our automobiles to the shop when anything seems a little off. In addition to being time consuming, this can get costly quickly.
Although major repair work should always be carried out by a professional, some minor maintenance can easily be undertaken by the owner. Learning how to complete a few simples tasks can save you time, money and even give you a better understanding of how your car operates.
Perhaps the simplest routine maintenance your car requires is an oil change. It can seem difficult at first, but with these simple steps, it's simple.
Before you start, get all your tools together: a wrench, empty container, funnel, oil filter, rag and, of course, a bottle of oil. Make sure your engine is cool before starting.
Drain the oil
To empty the old oil, remove the drain plug at the bottom of your engine and let the oil collect in the container. It is best to use a receptacle specifically designed for this purpose, which has a screen on top to strain the muck out. Replace the cap.
Remove and replace the filter
Carefully turn the filter counterclockwise and lift out of the engine. Before you insert the new one, use some new oil to lubricate the gasket at the end of the filter, then fill it about two-thirds of the way up with new oil. Screw it into place as tightly as you can without using a tool.
Put the funnel into the engine and pour the new oil through it. Each car holds a different amount of oil, so refer to your owner's manual.