20 October 2012
How to change your car’s oil.
Having a car not only implies driving it, but also involves taking care of it, which can be expensive. Fortunately there are certain things we can do by ourselves. An oil change periodically is imperative to keep a car in optimum conditions and actually it is easier to do than it sounds. Is good to know that a car needs an oil change every 3000 to 5000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first, which comes out to 4 to 5 times a year what means about 200 to 400 dollars depending on your type of car. The home oil change is a simple process that requires a few tools, and it's a sure way to save some money while you avoid the hassle of sitting in a dull waiting room somewhere reading outdated magazines. Following this tutorial you will be able to perform this simple task. You might think that an oil change is a hard and nasty work. Well, you are partially right, it could be a little messy, but with the right tools it is a very simple procedure, so lets start with the things you will need for this process. First and most important you are going to need 4 to 6 quarts of motor oil and an oil filter, items that you can find on any auto parts shop. That doesn’t mean that you will buy the first you find. To be sure you are buying the correct oil and filter you can easily check your car’s owner manual, which will tell you the right viscosity, performance and quantity of oil required for your type of engine. This manual will give you the size of the filter and of the drain plug as well. You will need also a drain pan (5-7 quarts of capacity), a jack and two jack stands, a funnel (you can use an empty, dry water bottle with the end cut off), is important that you get some rags because you’re going to get dirty. Now that you got everything you need for this task, let me give you some tips before we get started. First, never change the oil on a car...