How To Change Motor Oil

It's a good idea (and most manufactuers recommend it) to change your motor oil at least every three months or after every 3,000 miles. If you live and drive around in hot or dusty conditions then you might want to consider changing the oil in your vehicle even more often than that. Changing your motor oil is a pretty simple process as easy as 1, 2, and 3.

Here are the steps. Step [1] is getting ready step [2] is draining the oil (as well as changing the oil filter) and step [3] is installing the fresh new oil. Step 1. It's important to have the right tools at hand, such as jack stands, a good socket set and an oil drain pan. It's also a good idea to first allow your car engine to run for at least ten minutes or so before you drain the oil since warm oil is easier to drain than cold. If your vehicle has a very low clearance, then jack it up or drive it onto a safe ramp.

Park on a level surface

If youre jacking up the car, use two jack stands instead of one because of the safety factor and because it will keep it level for you. You might want to check your cars manual about the weight of recommended oil and type of oil filter you'll need to use.

Step 2. Crawl under your car and look for the oil drain plug under the engine near the front of the car. Position your pan beneath the plug then use a socket wrench to loosen the plug, turning counterclockwise. Once you have loosened it, you can use your hand to remove the plug and the warm oil will start to pour out. Make sure all the old oil is drained into the pan before you proceed further. After its completely drained, wipe the drain plug and the plug opening. Now replace the drain plug gasket and use a wrench to reinstall the plug but dont make it too tight.

You now need to locate the oil filter. Usually it's at the side of the engine. Place the oil pan beneath the filter (in case any oil remains) and unscrew the oil filter using gloves if it it's too hot. Wipe the filter area clean especially where it mounts to the engine. Dab a bit of your new oil on the rubber seal of the new filter and then screw it in by hand.

Tighten the oil filter

Step 3. Remove the oil filler cap thats located directly at the top of the engine. Position the funnel at the opening and slowly start pouring in the new oil You might want to check your manual for the proper oil capacity. Typically you'll need 4 or 5 quarts of oil. Once youre done, put back the oil filler cap. Start the engine and allow it to run for a minute then check the engine dipstick. If you need to, add more oil. Now check for any leaks near the oil drain plug and the filter. If you do find leaks, simply tighten the plug or oil filter. Okay, now You're done. But dont forget to clean up any spills.

Carefully wipe away any excess oil, and put the old oil into a plastic container then dispose of it. Dont just pour it anywhere. Better to take it to the recycle center or other authorized areas. You can find other helpful advice and information regarding how to check your cars brake fluid.