How to Change Oil in a Car
Owning a car is usually a significant investment for an individual. Changing the oil on your car plays an important part to help keep it functioning at peak performance and to ensure that your vehicle last for many miles. You might wonder how often does the oil need changing. Well, manufactures advise that the oil is changed every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever occurs first. Changing the oil is not an extremely difficult task, but it is always good to have someone else there, who has done this before, to help if needed. I would also suggest finding an outfit you wouldn’t mind getting dirty and a pair of rubber gloves to keep your hands clean.
The key to keeping any task, especially this one, flowing smoothly is gathering all the materials so they are within reach. Having the materials near helps the process go by quickly, for you are not constantly stopping to search for materials needed at that time.
First, you need to figure out what type of oil your car uses and how many quarts of oil are needed. This information can be found in your owners manual along with the type of oil filter your car takes. It is an essential step because there are many different types of engine oil and it is important to use the correct type. Same rule applies to your oil filter. There is a specific oil filter designed for each car. Can’t find the owners manual? Run to your local auto parts store and they can look it up for you. While you’re there, you can pick up your oil and oil filter. Also needed for the project is an adjustable wrench or a socket wrench, and an oil filter wrench. A jack along with two jack stands comes in handy when having enough room to work under the car. Wheel blocks are good fro keeping the car from rolling away while it is in the air. Next, a container is necessary to place the old oil. Two empty milk containers should do the trick. If you don’t have any laying around, just use the empty oil bottle containers. A funnel works well when transferring the old oil into the containers. Last, some old rags are good for cleaning up spills.
Now that all the materials are gathered, we can change into our outfits and get started. Make sure that your car is parked on a level surface, rather than a hill or an inclined driveway. Start your car and let it run for about 10 minutes. This process allows the oil to warm up which makes it drain quicker than cold oil. Shut the car off and engage the parking brake. Place jack under vehicle lift points, located on the frame rails just behind the front tires. Raise the car by pumping the jack up and down, giving enough clearance to slid the jack stand under the car. Place the jack stand under the frame or anywhere sturdy enough to support the weight of the car. Adjust the height of the stands to allow room for you to get under the car. After jack stands are positioned, slowly lower the car onto the stands by turning the pole on the jack to left.