DIY car maintenance can save time and money and is a simple and easy process when the correct steps are followed. Every car is manufactured differently and has different specifications of oil type, filter type, and other pertinent information. Often, the manual has a guide on how to change the oil or check with us here at St George Transmission for more information. Before attempting this process yourself, read below what you need to know about changing your oil.
Know Your Car Specs before Getting Started
Each car needs a specified type of oil and oil filter. This information can be found in the car’s user manual or easily online by searching for your car year, make, and model. Often, when purchasing this in auto parts stores, the customer service can tell you what is needed as well. When purchasing the oil filter, remember to buy quality.
Read through all the instructions before getting started and pay attention to those supplies you will need having them ready to go. The time it takes to change oil is about 20 minutes.
Step 1: Make sure the car is parked on a neutral flat surface and the engine is mostly cooled. If the car had not been started for a while, start the car and let it run for approximately 30 minutes so that the oil can get warm. Some prefer to spread an old sheet or plastic on the ground on which to lie under the car.
Step 2: Prop the car up on the appropriate jack stands after jacking the car up. Use the jack to raise the car to giving yourself plenty of room to get under it, place the jacks under, and lower the car. It is also wise to put blocks under the tires for extra safety precautions.
Step 3: Place all supplies near you under the car for quick-reach: box-end wrench, rubber mallet, filter wrench, draining pan, and a new filter (keep the new oil next to the car as you won’t need it under the car).
Step 4: Place a large basin under the where the oil drain plug is located.
Step 5: Unscrew the cap on the drain plug and let the old oil drain into the basin. At this point, you can also remove the old oil filter, too. The oil will take a little time to drain.
Step 6: Install the new oil filter. You may need to apply a little lubrication to the rubber part on the top of the filter to create a suction effect.
Step 7: Put the plug back on the oil filter and tighten it using the box-end wrench and a rubber mallet. Make sure to clean any spilled oil using a rag.
Step 8: Clean up all the materials and basin with oil taking them from under the car.
Step 9: Jack the car down and remove the car jacks and safety blocks. DO NOT START THE CAR.
Step 10: Once the car is in a neutral position, open the hood and locate the oil plug on the engine.
Step 11: Pour the new oil slowly into the oil tank using a funnel. Be careful not to overfill the funnel and take care to not overfill the tank itself.
Step 12: Replace the oil tank cap.