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You Should Know How To Change Your Own Oil (Even If Your Typically pay A Professional)

There are several Crossdrilledrotors.ca auto maintenance tasks you should know how to do it home, even if you prefer to have a professional handle it.  Doing it yourself can save you money, of course, but it could also be more convenient since you don’t have to make an appointment and can conduct your own maintenance as needed and on your own time.


As such, you should know the basics of changing your own oil, just in case one day you find yourself in need of such knowledge.


To get you started, you need to have the followings tools and materials:

  • a car jack and/or jack stands
  • a rubber mallet
  • an adjustable wrench
  • rags
  • 4 to 6 quarts of new engine oil
  • a new oil filter
  • a new oil filter gasket
  • a drain pan

It is also recommended that you have”

  • disposable gloves
  • safety goggles

Now, knowing all this, make sure that you have the right oil for your vehicle’s engine. Every manufacturer will recommend an oil grade for optimal performance, under normal driving conditions. Of course, you can find this information in the owner’s manual or on the internet.


To change your oil you will need to remove the old oil and before you can do that you will need to make sure that the engine is warm. So start the car (in park or in neutral with the parking brake on) and let it run 5 to 10 minutes; which just enough time to also lift the car and gather the other tools underneath.

Once the car is properly warmed up remove the oil cap on top of the engine to help drain the oil out the bottom, where you will catch the oil from the drain pan; that is, once you remove the oil pan drain plug.  Use the wrench if it is too tight.

Once the oil is drained, remove the oil filter. Again, use the wrench if necessary.  Use the rage to wipe the inside and around the filter and then apply a thin layer of oil to the gasket to prep it for the new oil filter. Next, gently screw the new filter onto the threaded oil line.  Restore the drain plug and wipe up spillage.

With the drain plug restored now you can add the new oil. Lower the car again—and turn it off—and pour the oil—via funnel—into the engine.  Turn the engine again and let it run, checking the dipstick to see if you need to add more oil.

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