For most vehicles, changing your own oil is a fairly simple and straightforward process. It oftentimes looks much more intimidating than it really is! If you are a DIYer who would like to try your hand at changing your own oil, check out the tips in today’s blog at Auto Warehouse in Brighton and Fort Collins. And don’t forget you can contact us for car repair services from oil changes to engine repairs and more!
Before you dive into changing your own oil, it’s wise to make sure that you have all the tools and equipment that you’ll need. Below is a general checklist of everything that you should need for a successful oil change.
After you’ve ensured that you have everything you need, it’s time to drain the old oil from your engine. To do so, elevate your car with a floor jack or ramps so that you can fit underneath the vehicle. If you are using a floor jack, use jack stands. Once you are comfortably under your vehicle, locate the oil pan drain plug. Place your oil pan or whatever you are using to collect oil in the proper position to capture the old oil as it drains. Unscrew the drain plug and allow enough time for all the old oil to drain out.
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After the majority of your oil has drained, you can unscrew the oil filter. The oil filter is typically located in the same relative vicinity as the oil drain bolt, however, it differs from model to model. Once the oil filter is removed, dump the excess oil in the oil collecting pan. You can throw old oil filters in the trash can. While technically you don’t need to replace your oil filter every oil change, it’s never a bad thing to replace your oil filter and many choose to take care of it when they change their oil.
Now, dip your finger in the new oil and wipe it around the seal of the new oil filter — this will help the oil filter seal properly. Screw on the new oil filter in place of the old one and make sure it’s tight, but not so tight that you won’t be able to get it off. In some cases, if your oil filter isn’t tight enough, it can slowly drip oil.
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Once all the old oil has been drained, the oil drain pan bolt has been resecured, and the new oil filter has been replaced, it’s time to pour in the new oil. Check out your owner’s manual to determine the correct amount of oil you need to add to your specific engine. Pop the hood and locate the oil cap. On some models, it’s yellow and has a small oil can icon on the top. Remove the cap and use a funnel to pour in the recommended amount of new oil.
Now that everything is said and done, give the oil a few minutes to settle in your engine before checking the dipstick. You can take the time to clean up and put tools away while you wait. Take your car off the jack stands or ramps and ensure that it is on a flat surface. Then, check the dipstick to see if the engine oil is at the appropriate level, and that’s it — that’s all there is to it.
Thanks for checking out today’s blog at Auto Warehouse in Brighton and Fort Collins! We hope that you found it useful and that you are ready to tackle your own oil change. As always, if you are uncomfortable doing your own car repairs and maintenance, you can reach out to us for help! Both Auto Warehouse locations are happy to help with car repairs.