Keeping up with regular maintenance on your vehicle is a must if you want to feel secure in your reliable automobile. Changing your oil filter every other time you have your oil changed will remove the contaminants that have accumulated in your car’s engine over time. It’s important to have clean oil because when the motor oil is left unfiltered for a long period of time, it can start to become saturated with small, solid particles that can become very damaging to your engine. So how do you change an oil filter?
Before you begin, you will need a few supplies:
• Work gloves
• Safety glasses
• Clean rags
• Hand cleaner
• New oil filter
• Oil filter wrench set
• Oil catch/recycle container
• The exact amount and type of new oil specified in your owner’s service manual
Once you have all your supplies ready and you have finished reading your owner’s service manual, it’s time to start replacing your oil filter.
Step 1: First you want to start your engine and run it for just a few minutes. You want to leave it running for a few minutes because warm oil will drain quicker than cold oil, but if you leave you car running for too long it won’t be safe to drain because the oil will be way too hot.
Step 2: Now drive your car onto two ramps and use your parking brake, then take out the key. Then take your chucks and put them behind the wheels for safety, make sure to put on your safety glasses and gloves.
Step 3: Find your oil drain plug and put your oil pan under it. You can look at your owner’s service manual if you need help finding your oil drain plug, keep in mind that the oil will run at an angle into your pan. Then unfasten the plug with your socket wrench.
Step 4: Now use your hand to unscrew the plug. As you are unscrewing the plug, start pushing the plug back toward your pan to prevent the oil from pouring out before you’re prepared to take the plug out from the hole. The oil might be hot so be cautious.
Step 5: Time to start draining the old oil. Take a look at your owner’s service manual if you need help locating the filler cap that is on the top of your engine.
Step 6: After all of the old oil is drained, put back the oil plug and tighten it by hand, but make sure that it’s not cross-threaded. After you have tightened the plug by hand, use a wrench to make sure it’s secure.
Step 7: Next place your oil pan under your previous filter, be cautious while using your oil filter wrench to replace the filter. Take a rag to clean the surface of the engine.
Step 8: Make sure to lightly coat your new filter’s rubber seal with fresh oil before installing it. Check the seal to make sure it’s correctly placed in the filter, then use your hand to screw on the filter.
Step 9: Using a clean funnel, pour in the correct type and amount of oil for your automobile. Make sure to securely replace the cap afterward.
Step 10: It’s important to run your engine for a few minutes to check for leaks around the filter and drain plug. If you find a leak, then cut off the engine and fix it, but if there aren’t any leaks you can turn the engine off and allow it to rest for just a minute or two to allow the oil time to drain.
Step 11: Take out the dipstick and then wipe it off, put it back, then take it out again to make sure it’s at the “full mark.”
Step 12: Lastly, all you have to do is get rid of your old oil and old filter properly. You can take them to either a recycling center or an authorized used engine oil drop-off center.