HOW TO CHANGE THE OIL IN YOUR OWN CAR
Frequent oil changes are the best preventative maintenance the home mechanic can give the engine, because old oil becomes contaminated and or burnt, which leads to premature engine wear. Performing simple maintenance such as changing the oil can save you hundreds of dollars over time; as well as build mechanical skills. Changing the oil is a simple, but very important process involving: * Draining the oil
* Replacing the oil filter
* Adding the new oil
Before starting you’re going to need clean oil and a new oil filter as well as a few hand tools. Depending on what kind of car you have determines exactly what type of filter and oil you need. Your owner’s manual, or any auto parts store will be of assistance in purchasing the right products for your vehicle Before staring you are going to need the following:
* Oil filter.
* 4 to 6 quarts of motor oil, (check your owner's manual for the recommended type of oil for your car’s engine.) * Drain plug socket wrench or open-end wrench and oil filter wrench, if you are unsure what size of wrench you need an adjustable wrench will suffice. * Large drain pan, at least 5 to 7 quarts in capacity
* Hand cleaning solution and/or disposable latex gloves, (if you are allergic to latex the auto parts store should have latex free gloves.) * Funnel
* Safety glasses
* Ramps or Jack Stands
Now that you have the supplies and equipment needed for the oil change you are ready to get started. Step 1 - Choose Your Oil
Your owner's manual for your vehicle will recommend a weight and type of oil to be used under normal driving conditions as well as the number of miles that you should drive your vehicle before changing...